May 9, 1958 - August 12, 2017
On May 9, 1958 a lovely blond child was born to Eugene and Illa Gibbs. Gwen Ellen Gibbs-Franklin lived life wide open and up close and she never ran from a challenge and fear was never a part of her. She had a smile that felt like a hug and a presence that ran even deeper than her beauty. Gwen was a loving and committed wife to Ron Franklin and for 32 years they shared dreams, jokes, stories and laughter. With a passion for traveling, camping, riding horses and Harleys they lived. Gwen loved the beach, the mountains, God, people and animals. When she became a mother and grandmother her heart was full. To say she loved her daughters, Heather and Haley and her grandson, Tristen is like saying the sun only warms us a little. Gwen adored her family with a love that illuminated her spirit even in the darkest hours. Our Gwennie was a beautiful person, inside and out but, she was much more than just another pretty face. She was wise and caring, intelligent, artistic, fearless and kind. On August 12, 2017 Gwen left this world and her broken body after an extended and relentless illness. She touched many lives in her 59 years and lived a life of laughter, love and joy. The world is a lesser place without our Gwen, our beautiful, brave, fearless warrior of a wife, daughter, mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. But, we know she is more alive than ever before. We who knew and loved her are certain that Gwen Ellen is once again smiling, laughing and singing. Her untamable is never far away. We are asking that in her memory and in lieu of flowers, if you’ve been touched by Gwen’s kind spirit, you simply pay it forward and help a needy or deserving family. Rest well Gwen, until we see you again. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Mack Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.
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