She was born June 21, 1944, in Parkersburg, a daughter of Helen Wittekind Davis of Parkersburg and the late Edwin E. Davis.
Della graduated from Keyser High School, graduated from Camden Clark School of Nursing as a registered nurse, had worked at the WV Masonic Home and was retired from Love and Care Personal Care Home. She loved her family and being a grandmother, enjoyed traveling, was a children’s Bible class teacher, and was a member of the North End Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband Robert B. Franklin; two sons, Robert E. (Paula) Franklin of Parkersburg and Walter B. (Marcia) Franklin of Manchester, N.H.; two sisters, Deanna (Lewis) Pifer of Vienna, W.Va. and Dixie Twyman of Parkersburg; two brothers, Edwin (Leasa) Davis and Charles (Lynn) Davis, both of Parkersburg; and three grandchildren, Andrew and Isabella Franklin of Manchester, N.H. and Benjamin Franklin of Parkersburg.
Funeral services will be conducted 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, at the North End Church of Christ with Steven Haguewood and Teddy Tackett officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Love and Care Personal Care Home, 5386 Dupont Road, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
An online condolences may be left for the family at www.lamberttatman.com.