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Julia Ann Franklin Morgan

Julia Ann Franklin Morgan
  • December 29, 1917 - July 4, 2016
  • Morton, Illinois

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Julia Ann Franklin Morgan
Julia Morgan, 98, of Morton died July 4, 2016. Born December 29, 1917 in Spokane, Wash., to Richard C. Franklin and LuVerne Crawford Franklin, she married Robert A. Morgan on June 28, 1941 in Evanston, Ill. They were married sixty-six years.
She is preceded in death by Robert, her parents and her brother, Richard C. Franklin of Wilmington, Del.
Surviving are her sister, Mary Rose of Peoria, her son, Robert Jr. and daughter-in-law Cindy of Sacramento, Calif; her daughter Susan Reuling Furness and son-in-law Timothy Furness of Boise, Idaho; four grandchildren: Jessica Reuling of Seattle, Wash. Jeremy Reuling of Chappaqua, NY, Alison Morgan, of Roseville, Calif, and
Erica Morgan, a veterinary student at University of California, Davis and two great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Brett Reuling of Chappaqua, N.Y.
Julia graduated from Champaign (Illinois) High School in 1935 and earned a B. A. in accounting from the University of Illinois. After graduation from the University, she worked for the U of I Department of Agronomy. Her romance with Robert began at the University.
When Robert joined Caterpillar Tractor his career took them to Decatur, Morton, Joliet and finally back to Morton, Ill. They also lived in New Canaan, Conn. while Robert served on the Financial Accounting Standards Board.
A dedicated wife and mother, Julia never turned her back on church or community. She was a long-standing member of the Morton United Methodist Church, Methodist Women, and the Naomi Circle. She volunteered for many years with the Morton Newcomers, the Morton Women's Club, Morton Girl Scout Troop 133, The March of Dimes, Community Chest, and We Care. She coordinated the ladies 9-hole golf league at the Pekin Country Club where she remained a member until she turned 98. Until recently, Julia played bridge with many women from Morton.
She and Robert traveled overseas after his retirement but also while he served as comptroller for Caterpillar Worldwide. They enjoyed wintering in Biloxi, Miss. and later in Venice, Fla.
Julia's life serves as a testimony to her faith, kindness and her staunch determination. She was devoted to God, and her family including her sister, her brother, and her nieces and nephews. Although she faced many hardships during her life, her remarkable recovery from a spinal cord injury, suffered at the age of 89, inspired her family and many others.
Visitation will be held Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Morton United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Gary Motta officiating. Burial will be in Hirstein Cemetery in Morton.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to either the Morton United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Macular Degeneration Foundation @