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Christina A. (MacKenzie) Franklin

Christina A. (MacKenzie) Franklin
  • September 7, 1931 - October 13, 2019
  • Tewksbury Township, Massachusetts

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“A big smile for all.Always made you feel at home.R.I.P.Charles HenryFort Lauderdale ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Charles Henry - Fort Lauderdale, FL

“Richie, Ann and Family,We are so very sorry for the loss of Chris. We have wonderful memories throughout the years. We hope you find comfort in the...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Nancy Hegarty - Reading, MA

“I always remember your beautiful smile n soft spoken voice Chris.You befriended me took me to lunch and my first ever fashion show. Part of me...Read More »
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“So sorry for your loss. All the sisters are together again with no pain and laughing like they always did. ”
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“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: John W Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA



Christina A. (MacKenzie) Franklin passed away at her home in Tewksbury on October 13, 2019. She was 88 years of age. Mrs. Franklin was born in Boston on September 7, 1931 to the late Colin & Christina (Gillis) MacKenzie. She was raised in Dorchester, graduated from high school in Dorchester before moving to Melrose. Christina lived in Melrose for over 35 years, Lynnfield for 33 years and in Tewksbury the past few years.

She was a wonderful homemaker and a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend who will be dearly missed. In her early years Mrs. Franklin worked at Transitron in Melrose and Wakefield for 10 years and then at K-Mart for several years. Christina and her husband George spent winters in Boca Raton, Florida for 20 years and enjoyed played golf three days a week at all the local golf courses. Mrs. Franklin also enjoyed golfing at Hillview Golf Course in North Reading. She loved to go shopping and traveled all over the United States, Europe and the World with her husband.

Mrs. Franklin was the beloved wife of 33 years to George J. Franklin Jr.. Loving mother of Richard Spataro & his wife Ann of Melrose, Donna Rowe & her husband Ernest of Saugus and Mary Groux & her husband Thomas of Tewksbury. Cherished grandmother of Cindy, Leary, Michael Leary, Nicole Dower, Jenna Ackley, David Chalifoux, Craig Spataro, Kristina Petrie, Daniel Petrie, Justin Petrie and Mackenzie Rowe. Proud great grandmother of Savannah Schuerhoff, Keira Dower, Max Dower, Lucy Ackley, Cameron Owens, Anthony Owens, Caiden Dower and Lindsey Leary. Caring sister of Robert MacKenzie of Weymouth and the late Katherine, Eleanor, Virginia, Mary & Colin. Former wife of Anthony Spataro. Also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 4:00-7:00PM. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Thursday morning October 17th at 9:00AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose at 10:00AM. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Memorial contributions may be made in Christina's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 562 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or @ www.stjude.org.