FRANKLIN, Alma Ella, 78, passed away surrounded by her family on Oct. 27, 2013. Alma was born June 13, 1935 to Dorothy and Leonard (Sharp) McGillivray. She spent her early years on a homestead in Dawson Creek, the youngest of three sisters and one brother. She travelled to her one-room schoolhouse by horse and cart in the summer and by horse and sleigh in the winter. Her family moved to White Rock in 1945 and her high school years were filled with circle skirts, saddle shoes, song books and jive dancing. She married John Anthony Franklin (1923-2013) in 1954 and they raised five children in the White Rock area. Alma loved hiking, gardening, knitting, reading, cross country skiing and spending time with her family and friends. After retiring from her work as a tourism counsellor, she dedicated her life to a variety of volunteer efforts. Most recently she volunteered regularly for the White Rock Hospice Society Thrift Store and Kent Street Centre. Alma is lovingly remembered by her brother, Terry (Babs) McGillivray; daughters, Linda (Bob) Peters and Audrey Lee (Ryan) Braun; sons, David (Kim) Franklin, Peter (Anne) Franklin, Perry (Jennifer) Franklin; and her beautiful grandchildren, Wade, Clayton, Ben, Amy, Braden, Garrett, Katy, Kiera, Nicole, Joshua, Caleb and Dylan. A memorial gathering will be held on Monday, Nov. 4, at the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club, 1284 184 Street, Surrey, BC, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice Society of BC.

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