Martha Ellen Franks, 82, of Orange, formerly of Hobbs, joined our Lord in a celebration of life on Thursday, July 14.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Thursday, July 21 at Crosswinds Community Church (formerly Northside Baptist Church) with the the Rev. Tom Stephenson officiating. Interment will follow in Prairie Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Griffin Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Orange, at a later date.

Mrs. Franks was born on Dec. 20, 1928 in Texarkana to J. Sam and Martha Kidd Leonard. She married John William Franks on April 12, 1946 in Texarkana, Texas and they celebrated over 50 wonderful years together until his death on Oct. 25, 1996.

Martha and John raised their three daughters in Hobbs, where they lived for 41 years. They retired to Kilgore, Texas but due to health reasons they moved to Midland. After John’s passing, Martha moved to Orange, with her daughter and son-in-law where she spent the last nine years enjoying the many friends she made. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church when she lived in Hobbs.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Lemons of Orange, Diane Green of Midland, and JohnAnn Thompson of Waxahachie; grandchildren, Michael, Sean, Chad, Kris, Melissa and Rebecca; and eight great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.