Martha Ann (Quaempts) Franklin

Born: Wed., Apr. 2, 1941
Died: Fri., Apr. 10, 2020

Private Services


10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 16, 2020
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel

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Martha Quaempts Franklin
Born 4-2-1941 Received her Angel Wings 4-10-2020

Martha Ann Quaempts Franklin peacefully went home to be with the Lord and her family on April 10, 2020.  It was difficult for her to leave her kids, grandkids and great grandkids here on earth, but it was her love for her sisters and the Lord that gave her peace to get her Angel wings.

In these difficult times with COVID there will be a service on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel Folsom Bishop just for immediate Family due to COVID limits.  This service will be live streamed on Pendleton Pioneer Chapel Folsom Bishop Facebook on the day of the event.    A viewing will be held for family and friends April 16th beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with limited numbers due to COVID restrictions.  It was her wish to be cremated and placed beside her sister at St Andrews cemetery.  We will live steam her burial also through Facebook (future date to be determined).  When the COVID limits are lifted the family will hold a celebration of life for family and friends to gather, share hugs and eat a meal together.  

Martha was born to William and Annie Quaempts at the family homestead on Meacham Creek. This is where she would grow and gather with her brothers, sisters and many relatives.   She loved to tell stories of how her father grew yummy strawberries, the largest garden and raised horses which also became her passion.  She had many horses but her favorite was Mike who she raised from a colt and they became best buddies for life.  Martha was the youngest of nine and she traveled all over the Northwest with her mother (Annie) visiting family, friends and businesses who Annie loved to purchase her goods.  Martha attended school at St. Andrew’s and would finish at St. Joseph High school.

Martha married David A. Franklin on September 23, 1961.  They lived in Gibbon, Oregon.   She became the first postmaster at the Gibbon store.  She then worked at the Umatilla Tribes Bureau of Indian Affairs where she worked in Forestry.  Martha had two children Paula (1962) and David (1963). As they grew and went to school in Athena she then began working as the Tribal Johnson O’Malley Assistant at Athena Elementary.  She loved working with all the tribal kids, helping them to succeed in their academics, taking them on ski trips to Spout Springs and making sure they all got to do different adventures that they had dreamed of accomplishing even if that meant out of her own pocket and time.  Martha and her sister’s Loretta and Rosie were the first educators to begin traveling to many of the schools around the area to educate them on her Native traditions and history.  It was her passion early on to make sure that the communities and people within them understood that her Native people were thriving and wanted to be part of the growth within these communities.    

Martha was a very spiritual woman who came to know and grow with the Lord.  She was one of many in building the Pendleton Chapter of Aglow for Women and served on the Aglow Board.  She shared her passion for the Lord and her love for her tribal traditions across the country through Aglow and again with her sister Rosie in many venues.  In her sharing she connected and helped many other people in finding the Lord and they would become her friends and family for life.  She wanted everyone to knowing the Lord could bring such peace, hope and love into their hearts and households. Many a day and night she could be called from anyone at any time to pray or seek help in for anything and never once thought twice about being there for them.  

Martha’s family traditions, love for the Lord and flare for fun will continue through Paula Wallis (Jim), David Franklin (Sandy), her grandchildren-Cassandra (Jeff), Jerimiah (Mindy), Josh (Ashley), Jessica (Ryan), Rachael, Jacob, great-grand children- Hayden, Abi, Paityn, Paxton, Harper and Bentley. Also as a surrogate mother and grandmother to many who walked through her door.

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Jackie Cook
   Posted Mon April 13, 2020
Peace and prayers for the Elder's family. She was a kind and good person.

Jackie Cook

Laura Kordatzky
   Posted Mon April 13, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We will miss our aunties smile, but we know she is rejoicing as she rejoins her family. Take care and keep your memories close to your heart. Love the Spino/Kordatzky families.

Malissa Minthorn Winks
   Posted Tue April 14, 2020
I loved Martha. She was a great co-worker for Tamastslikt and a cancer survivor. I will miss her visits to pray over me at the office. May she and her family rest in peace.

Koko Hurst Hufford
   Posted Tue April 14, 2020
Martha was special and she will be missed by all of us. Good memories of the many times we spent with her at Gibbon and during the family gatherings. With deepest respect. Koko

Judy Arluck
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Our hearts and prayers go out to her many family members and friends on learning of her passing. It is a sad day for the Hall family, too. My husband, Robert, joins me in expressing our deepest sympathy. (Robert Tagami and Judy Sparkman Arluck)

Iona Quaempts Hansel
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Our prayers are for Aunt Martha, Paula and David and the rest of her family. She was a kind and gentle soul, now with her family in Heaven.

Susan Sheoships
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Condolences to loved ones left behind, it was a blessing to know and spend time with her, she was gentle and kind and also made of steel. Thankful for her many kindnesses.

Jennifer Karson Engum
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will truly miss this dear lady who I loved very much. I will always cherish her sweet and loving kindness. Wishing I could be there to honor her today. Prayers for your strength in the days to come.

Patti & Loran Monaco
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
What a blessing she was in our lives, it seemed that she knew me better than I knew myself. Selfless and giving she was a true soul sister. She will be missed by so many. Martha taught each of us by her own example how to be our best. Her lesson was simple love freely without reserve, forgive often, support always and be grateful for what the Lord has given each of us.
Wish we could be with you today...we are in spirit. Love Loran and Patti

Buz and LaDonna Quaempts
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
We are so sad that Auntie has passed. Our condolences to her families. Auntie always had positive comments about everyone and she was such a kind person. Buz had many good times with her as they grew up. She was like a sister to him. She will be missed.

Lori Monaco-Mills
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Grandma Martha was a perfect example of love, forgiveness, grace and humanity. She always lead with her faith and made sure you knew you were loved. She was the most spiritual person I have ever know. She loved her family and cherished raising her granddaughter Cassandra. I find peace in knowing she is with her maker however my heart misses her so. I love you all.

Joyce Andy Kahclamat
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Our condolences and prayers for our aunt Martha's children and grandchildren and rest of the family. She was a beautiful lady with a kind heart. From daughters & sons of her sister Evelyn Quaempts Andy- Joyce, Betty, Julie, Gene, Victor, Earl

Larry & Bea Ledbetter
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
Our condolences to Martha's family. She had a beautiful spirit, which is how we will always remember her. God Bless.

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