March 7, 1924 - June 12, 2019
Audrey Eleanor “Michael” Franklin, 95, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Private family services have been held.
Michael was born on March 7, 1924 in Nashville, TN to George and Katherine Shea. She grew up primarily in New Mexico and California. As a child, after the death of her mother, she attended private schools including the Bishops School in La Jolla, Ca. Her aunt, Marjorie Copeland Bates, became a mother figure to her.
She married Don Okey in 1940 and lived in La Jolla Ca., Guatemala and San Pedro.
She married Phil Frederick Franklin on December 14, 1950 in Mexico City, Mexico. They had met through a theater group in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles. They eventually settled in La Jolla, Newport Beach, and Rancho Santa Fe, all in southern California. Later they retired to St. Helena, CA in 1988 and then to Sandpoint, ID in 1994. Here they enjoyed their membership in the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and devoted many hours to the Arboretum. She was a Woman of Wisdom in 2008.
She loved animals and raised desert tortoises. She and Phil were patrons of the San Diego Zoo and visited Africa on a photo safari.
Always very artistic, she expressed herself through drawing, painting, knitting and crafts. She was also a calligrapher and had remarkable penmanship.
She is survived by her three children Fred (Deborah) Franklin of Sandpoint, Mike (Susan) Okey and Candace Leverenz of CA; son- in -law Scott Johnson of Sandpoint; four grandchildren, Rebecca Carter, Ryan Leverenz, Katherine Okey and Trevor Johnson; one great grandchild, Reyanna Ross; and two great-great grandchildren, Mila and Kyla Ross.
She was preceded in death by her husband Phil, and daughter Shelly Johnson.
Our family would like to thank the management and staff of Life Care Center of Sandpoint for their dedicated kind care for our mother.