She was born January 20, 1937, in Superior, Ohio, the daughter of Ernest Walter and Rose Mabel (Ridge) Koch. She was united in marriage to C. Duane Mowry on November 28, 1957, and to this union three children were born. Later she married Jefferson Brook Franklin on August 28, 1981.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Brook Franklin; one brother, Walter Koch; and two sisters, Grace Klender and Margaret Myers.
Carol graduated in 1962 from George Peabody College, Nashville, Tennessee, with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. She continued her college education and received a master’s degree in elementary education and a specialist’s degree in elementary administration from Southwest Missouri State, now Missouri State University. Later she continued to receive college classes and finally received a doctoral degree in 1989. She was listed in “Who’s Who in American Education” in 1989.
She was an active member of First Freewill Baptist Church of Mountain Grove, Missouri, and was a member of the church choir. She was an elementary teacher and counselor for 45 years and retired in the year of 2002. Some of the schools where she taught were Houston Elementary, Ozark Elementary, Waterloo, Indiana, Elementary and 35 years at Cabool Elementary School. She held various offices in the Cabool Teachers Association. She was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri Counselors Association, Gamma Phi of Delta Kappa Gamma, and Missouri State Retired Teachers Association.
She loved finding antiques, crocheting, reading many books, working puzzles, and collecting teapots.
She is survived by three children, Melodie (Tom) Lewis of Newell, South Dakota, Melinda Mowry of Mountain Grove, and Harmony G. (Lori) Mowry of Mountain Grove; two stepdaughters, Tammy (James) Strunk of Battlefield, Missouri, and Carrie (James) Fessler of Manes, Missouri; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
Services were held Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at First Freewill Baptist Church in Mountain Grove with Rev. Gary Fry and Rev. Jerry Pinkerton officiating, Vocal music was provided by Carol Dale with Teresa Bradley at the piano and Ray Bradley with Elaine Caskey at the organ. Selections included “There is a Savior,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “A Hill Called Mt. Calvary.” Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Cody Barber, Carl Davis, James Myers, Michael Efird, Stephen Reynolds and Stan Mayers. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Leis and Darin Lewis. Arrangements were under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Homes, Hartville, Missouri.