Ellen Jane Gaffney
January 18, 1945  -  December 1, 2017

Ellen Jane Gaffney

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Potts Chapel
122 South Penn Ave.
Independence, KS  67301
Friday, December 08, 2017
12-7pm, family 5-7pm
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Berean Christian Mission Center
405 South 19th
Independence, KS  67301
Saturday, December 09, 2017
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Mount Hope Cemetery
Penn Ave.
Independence, KS  67301
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Ellen Jane (Franklin) Gaffney passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A celebration of life service will be held, Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Berean Christian Mission Center. Visitation will be Friday, December 8th from 12:00-7:00pm, with family greeting friends from 5:00-7:00pm at Potts Chapel in Independence.
Ellen was born on January 18, 1945 in Independence, Kansas. She was the beloved daughter of Morris and Eva Mae (Pearson) Franklin. She was raised in Independence. Ellen attended Coffeyville Community College, Pittsburgh State University and K-State. She married James Gaffney Jr. on January 21, 1961. They made their home in Coffeyville. Ellen and James raised their family in Coffeyville, Humboldt, and Chanute. She moved back to Independence after the passing of her husband in April 1999.
She worked for the Head Start program for 43 years. During this time she was the CDA Coordinator. Later she was the Presbyterian Preschool Director. Ellen had many hobbies. She enjoyed traveling and dancing, most of all she loved spending time with her family. Ellen was an active member of the Berean Christian Mission Center Church until her death.
Those loved ones left to cherish her memory are her sons; James Marion Gaffney III and Steven Eugene Gaffney, brothers; Sylvester Franklin, James Franklin and Maurice Franklin, sisters; Margaret Conger and Jeanette Headley, six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Proceeding Ellen in death were her parents, husband, brothers; William Harrison Franklin, Marion Franklin and Thomas Franklin, and sister Doris Bell.


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  1. Sis. Mary Ann
    Caney, KS

    My deepest condolences to the family. She fought a good fight now it's time for her to rest in our heavenly Father's arms! What a time in the Lord we will have when we meet again!

  2. Richard Gardner
    Edmond, OK

  3. Richard Gardner
    Edmond, OK

    Sorry for your loss. I will be praying for the family.
    God Bless

  4. Kenneth Vonada
    Tulsa, OK

    My condolences, Kenneth Thompson Vonada, high school classmate

  5. LeAndre Keith Gaffney
    Parsons, KS

  6. Chantel
    Independence, KS

    Love you Sis. Gaffney, may you have no more pain and watch over us all standing right beside Jesus....Welcome Home

  7. Chantel
    Independence, KS

    Love you Sis. Gaffney, may you have no more pain and watch over us all standing right beside Jesus....Welcome Home

  8. Mary Washington
    Mesa, AZ

    So sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Ellen was my classmate and friend. May God bless and keep you at this time and in the days ahead. Stay strong.

  9. Kimberly Shoals
    Oklahoma City, OK

  10. Virginia
    Coffeyville, KS

    JAMES AND Steve one AND my condolences in the passing of your Mother word can't remove the hurt but God can. You guys will be in my prayers.


  11. Barbara Scott Homer
    Coffeyville, KS

    Sorry for your loss. Ellen was a fun and personable person. The Boganey family sends deepest and heartfelt condolences to the boys and her sisters and brothers and immediate family. She always met you with a smile.

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