Christine Brown Franklin, 75, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 31, surrounded by family. Chris was born in East St. Louis, IL to Ralph Eugene and Mary Elnora (Schell) Brown. She was preceded in death by her parents and older sister, Linda Kathryn Brown.
Chris spent her entire professional career in various aspects of education. She received her bachelor’s degree from Millikin University in Decatur, IL where she was a proud member of Alpha Chi Omega. She later received her master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Computer Assisted Instruction.
She enjoyed gardening, traveling with friends, researching family ancestry, sewing, quilting, reading, and playing Bridge. She especially enjoyed her most recent project of redesigning and beautifying the landscaping at her condominium complex. She was incredibly sad when she realized she would have to give that project up and not see it through to completion.
She is survived by her daughters (also referred to as “the girls” or “you girls”) Lisa (Paul) Susemichel and Amy (Craig) Fletchall and four beloved grandchildren: Nick, AJ, Natalie and Conner; and sister, Rosemary (Ron) Brown Tedesco.
Visitation services will be Friday, August 6 from 4 -6 pm, with funeral services Saturday, August 7 at 11 am at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (UMC), 100 W 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260. Please enter through Door 6. A luncheon will take place immediately following the funeral. Chris will be interred at Maple Hill Cemetery in Fairfield, IL at a later date.
Flowers can be sent to St. Luke’s UMC with Chris’ name on the delivery tag. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Coburn Place Safe Haven, 604 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205 or St. Luke’s UMC.
Amy and Lisa would like to give a heartfelt thanks to the phenomenal staff at IU Health, the IU Palliative Care Team and Brighton Hospice Care Team for their amazing care and compassion during her illness and passing. We would also like to thank Rev. Kevin Davis for taking mom under his wing and helping with mom’s spiritual and emotional needs during her final journey.
Mom’s care is entrusted to Indiana Funeral Care.
And finally, when thanks just aren’t enough, but it is all we have: To her friends and neighbors for all the visits, cards, texts, calls, and meals. Thank you!