Elizabeth Mae “Betty” Franklin Robison (80), recently of Peachtree City, Ga., passed away on Friday, July 21, at her home in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Betty was born on May 5, 1937, in Detroit, Mich., the fourth of seven siblings. After graduating Cooley High School, she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she married and began her family.
Betty and her sons moved to Peachtree City, Ga., in 1980, and she was best known as the unofficial first lady and hostess for the Georgia planned city. Betty served as the manager of the Peachtree City Information Center for nearly 20 years during Peachtree City’s period of greatest growth. She loved the community and took great pride in her role as the first person to welcome thousands of families who moved there during the 1980s and 1990s. In 2016, Betty moved to Chattanooga to be closer to her wonderful granddaughters.
Betty’s greatest joy was found in spending time with her extensive and close-knit family, most recently in celebration of her 80th birthday.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and youngest brother, Robert “Bobby” Franklin (Cadillac, Mich.).
She is survived by her sons, Jerry (Michelle) Robison of Chattanooga, Tenn., and James Robison of Peachtree City, Ga.; granddaughters, Alex and Tori Robison of Chattanooga, Tenn.; siblings, Bill (Karen) Franklin of Kokomo, Ind.; Tom (Marsha) Franklin of Sun City West, Ariz.; Margaret “Peg” (Gene) Michael of Livonia, Mich.; Judy (Wayne) James of Westland, Mich.; Barb (Bruce) Dingwall of Northville, Mich.; and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family.
A memorial celebration will be held in Peachtree City at Charmichael-Hemperly Funeral Home on Saturday, August 5, 1 p.m., following a 12 noon visitation.
Services will be held in Livonia the following Saturday, August 12, at Memorial Church of Christ (35475 5 Mile Rd.)
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joseph Sams School for Children with Special Needs (www.josephsamsschool.org) in Fayetteville, Ga.
Carmichael-Hemperly Funeral Home, 770-631-9171.