Judith “Judy” Franklin passed away peacefully on December 11 in Bellingham, WA. She was born July 23, 1940, in Quincy, Massachusetts to Stanley and Beatrice Polinski. She spent her first 10 years in Maracaibo, Venezuela, where her father worked for Gulf Oil, and her mother was a nurse. Then the family moved to Houston, Texas, where she attended public schools, and met her future husband, William “Bill” Franklin. After graduating from Lamar HS in 1958, she attended Texas Woman's University, graduating with a degree in Spanish in 1961.
On September 10, 1960, she married Bill, who graduated from Rice University in 1964. They adopted a son, Rick, in 1964, when he was 3. She taught Spanish to elementary students in the Houston ISD in back-to-back 30 minute sessions for 8 years. When the elementary Spanish program was eliminated by a budget cut, she moved to the regular classroom. That required re-certification, however, which she obtained from the University of Houston, transferring many credits from Western Washington University, where she and Bill both obtained master's degrees during the summers of 1968-1978. In 1976, she moved to the Spring Branch ISD, where Bill was teaching physics. She taught 4th and 5th grades at Wilchester Elementary, where she was a greatly respected and much loved educator until she and Bill retired in 1995. During her teaching career, she collaborated on a series of Spanish textbooks and on elementary curriculum.
In 1998, they moved to Waco, Texas, where they bought and remodeled a ranch style house, and joined the First Presbyterian Church. They have continued to travel to Bellingham, Washington, almost every summer up to the present, and have recently been building a home there. They bought timberland near the town of Acme in 1975, and subsequently built a small house on it, with help from warmhearted locals. They also became a part of the Acme Presbyterian Church, which they have attended regularly when in the area.
Judy loved to travel. She and Bill made numerous visits to Mexico, around the U.S., including many national parks, and to Europe and Central and South America. In retirement, Judy took up watercolor painting. She was an active member of the Central Texas Watercolor Society and the Art Guild of Central Texas, exhibiting many of her paintings in the Waco area.
She is survived by her husband, Bill, her son, Rick, his wife, Shelley, his 4 children, and 9 grandchildren, and Judy's four siblings, Joy Johnson, Stephen Polinski, Jan Rockaway and Robert Polinski, all of whom reside in Texas. There will be a celebration of her life at the Acme Presbyterian Church at 6 pm, December 15. If you wish to honor Judy, she suggests a donation to The Acme Presbyterian Church, The First Presbyterian Church of Waco, or Greater Texas Planned Parenthood.