Ursula A. Franklin, 66, Cumberland councilwoman

May 27, 2004

Ursula A. Franklin, a former member of the Cumberland City Council and a hospital secretary who was active in Western Maryland civic affairs, died of cancer Sunday at her Cumberland home. She was 66.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Govans section, Ursula A. McNerney was a 1955 graduate of Maryvale Preparatory School for Girls in Brooklandville and earned an associate's degree from Villa Julie College.

She was a secretary in the radiology department and later the ear, nose and throat clinic at what is now the University of Maryland Medical Center. She moved to Cumberland in 1969.

She was a member of the Cumberland City Council from 1988 to 2000.

"She was a conservative Democrat in a family of Republicans," said her husband of 42 years, Dr. A. Leo Franklin, a retired physician.

She was a member of the Historic Preservation Society, Evitts Creek Management Steering Committee and Deep Creek Management Committee. She was also a member of the Allegany Municipal League and a former president of the Allegany-Garrett Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League.

She enjoyed crafts and interior decorating.

Mrs. Franklin was a communicant of Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Cumberland, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include six sons, Dr. Benjamin J. Franklin of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Michael J. Franklin of Nashville, Tenn., Patrick M. Franklin and Brian C. Franklin, both of Baltimore, and Sean A. Franklin and Brendan T. Franklin, both of Cumberland; a brother, Francis Joseph McNerney Jr., and a sister, Kathleen Sean McNerney Haller, both of Baltimore; and five grandchildren. A daughter, Kathryn L. Franklin, died in 1994.

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