In Memory of Franklin Smuin, my Grandfather, d. 6 April 1959

Smuin, Franklin Mission

My Grandma Ruby died of breast cancer on February 19, 1959 just 6 1/2 weeks after I was born.  My Grandpa, Frank Smuin was devastated when she died.  My mother said he was “devoted to my mother and loved her deeply.  He called her My Jewel.”

Grandpa Franklin  was staying with our family in Reedley, when on the morning of April 6th, 1959 he told my mother that he was ready to die now.  He said he had nothing left to live for and he missed Ruby terribly.  Later that day, as he sat at our kitchen table, he had a heart attack, slumped in his chair, and was gone.

Franklin was a kind and gentle man.  I would have liked to have known him.  I am glad our earthly sojourns crossed for a few weeks.  I like knowing he held me in his arms.

Smuin, Franklin and Ruby at Grace Wedding

Franklin was 65 years old when he died.  He and Ruby are buried in Forest Lawn, Glendale, Los Angeles, California.Smuin, Franklin & Ruby Headstones Forest Lawn, LA

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1 Response to In Memory of Franklin Smuin, my Grandfather, d. 6 April 1959

  1. chmjr2 says:

    Devotion like that is rare today. They must have been a very special couple to know.

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