Shirley Ann Williams Franklin, of The Willows of Marshalltown, and formerly of Tama, passed away on Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 after a short illness. Shirley was born on December 15, 1928, in Columbus, Ohio, to Mervin Williams and Marie Stahl Williams. After spending her childhood there, she moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, with her parents and sister, where she graduated from high school. She married her childhood sweetheart, Ralph Franklin, and returned to Ohio with him, where they went to college and started their family. After residing in Ohio, Michigan and Texas, Shirley settled in Tama, Iowa, with Ralph and their family. After receiving her teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa, she taught and loved teaching for many years. She was especially proud of the work of her students writing a bill to help preserve native prairie remnants, and was able to take her class to the Iowa State House to witness the governor signing it into law.