Penny Anne Franklin, 51, of Orange, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 at her home. A celebration to remember her life will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.

Born on Sept. 21, 1958 in Kansas City, Kan. to parents, Earl Edward Franklin Jr. and Carol Ann (Gieges) Franklin, she had lived in Orange for the past seven years and had been a math teacher at Westbrook High School in Beaumont where she had also coached soccer and swimming.  She also had coached the same sports at Farmington High School in Hawaii.  Penny graduated from Texas A & M University in College Station and was an avid Aggie.  Penny had traveled to many destinations around the world with her family including Central America, South America and the Caribbean.  She also traveled throughout the United States and spoke Spanish, Portuguese and some French.  Penny had also traveled to Egypt in order to participate in a teacher’s exchange. 

She enjoyed martial arts and was a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She had been recognized as Teacher of the Year by Sam’s Club.  Penny had a passion for sports and was a very dedicated teacher who was passionate about her students.  

Penny is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Alvin and Dorothy Gieges; aunt, Donna Journigan; paternal grandfather, Earle Edward Franklin Sr.; and her two uncles, Bob and Sam Franklin. 

Those who will most cherish her memory are her parents, Earl Franklin Jr. and Carol Franklin of Orange; sister, Donna Lee Harris and husband, Jan of West Orange; brother, Michael Franklin and wife, Sheila of  Groves; niece, Meagyn Franklin and nephews, Roman and Andy Sandacz, Shannon and Ryley Franklin and Kalynn Osburn.  

For those desiring memorial contributions, the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Penny to the Bonfire Memorial Fund, The Texas A & M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840 or call (800) 392-3310.