Evelyn Frances Bell Franklin passed on Nov. 5, 2022, at her home in Houston, Texas.

Evelyn was born to Eugene Bell and Beatrice Sharp Bell on April 12, 1940, in Fullerton, Calif. Due to her mother’s health, Evelyn was cared for by her grandmother, Audrey Sharp of Wesley, Ark. Evelyn went to grade school in Wesley and then graduated from Huntsville High School, 1958. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Education at the University of Arkansas in 1962, and became an elementary school teacher.

Evelyn taught for several years in New Mexico before joining the Department of Defense overseas teaching program, moving to the Philippines to teach the children at the U.S. military base. After teaching in the Philippines, she was stationed in Germany where she met the love of her life, Gerald Franklin. Evelyn and “Gerry” were married in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Dec. 3, 1966. After Gerald fulfilled his military duty, they returned to his hometown of Houston, Texas, where they remained.

Evelyn was a beloved and devoted teacher of 36 years at Lantrip Elementary School. Evelyn had a happy life teaching and visiting Gerald’s mother Margerite. After retiring, she and Gerry enjoyed traveling to many wonderful places in the world. They were devoted members of the National Exchange Club, where they made lifelong friends at meetings and conventions. Evelyn and Gerry were honored to host the Houston Exchange Club Rodeo Party Event for many years.

Evelyn was special to so many and had many special people in her life.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Beatrice Bell of Wesley, Ark.; her mother-in-law, Margerite Franklin, Houston; her grandmother, Audrey Sharp of Wesley; and her beloved Godson Casey Smith, Houston.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Franklin Jr., of Houston; cousins Douglas Sharp, John and Mary Kay Thompson, Grant Thompson, all of Springdale, Ark., and cousins Constance Jones of Rogers, Ark., and Linda Stachler of Pueblo, Colo.

She is also survived by her Godchildren Jim Young and Jennifer Wall, Kasie Smith, Aaron Potts, all of Houston, and Marie Elise Ann Webb of Mena, Ark.

The burial site will be in Brenham, Texas. 

Funeral services are planned for Jan. 14 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Houston. 

Arrangements are under care of Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, Houston.