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Lottie Lee Franklin Lively

Lively, 92

Lottie Lee Franklin Lively, 92, died at her family ranch on November 10, 2021. She was born on July 3, 1929 in Cotulla to Claude and Ida May Franklin, and raised in Cotulla and on her family ranch in McMullen County.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Claude “Pudge” Franklin Jr., daughter and son-in-law Brenda and Joe Wotipka and husbands Bill Lively, Glenn Hamilton and Neil Hollan.

She is survived by her son Lee and daughter-in-law Marie, sister-in-law Elaine Franklin, nieces and nephews Craig Franklin (Suzanne), Kathy Smith (Rick), Walt Franklin (Mary) and Peggy Steinle (Lee), great nieces and nephews Christina Smith, Gretchen (Cody) Cruthirds, Sara (Trey) Cook, Weston Smith, Matt (Sarah) Franklin, Stevo (Katie) Franklin and James Steinle, great-great nieces Lila Cook and Cecilia Cruthirds and great-great nephew Campbell Cruthirds, first cousins Pat Thurman and John Franks (Lynne) Morgan and numerous long-time friends.

Lottie was an original Brush Country babe, crowned Queen of the Cotulla Fourth of July Rodeo and Cowboys Cheerleader and graduated from CHS in 1946.

After graduating from Texas A&I Kingsville, she married Bill Houston Lively of Dilley on July 29, 1950. They lived in Austin, El Paso, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Lottie and Bill then settled in Giddings in 1960 and bought into the Bluebonnet Pharmacy. She was also named the Queen of Giddings.

She was a fixture at the Bluebonnet and also enjoyed cooking, which she began at age five and hosting neighborhood coffee and dinner parties. Lottie was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Giddings Study Club and Bridge Club. She lost her husband Bill in 1986. She married her second husband, Glenn Hamilton in 1992.

She moved back to the Brush Country in 2003 and spent the remainder of her life in McMullen County.

Her family expressed their gratitude to her caregivers, Gloria Casteneda, Adam Perez, Rosie Lozano, Eva Montemayor, Diana Galindo, Roy Fernandez and Shirley Montemayor and nurses Connie Damm and Chely Razo for caring for her.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, December 1 at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Giddings.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be donated to the First United Methodist Church in Giddings, 279 Monroe St., Giddings, Texas 78942, The Claude Franklin Jr. Memorial Scholarship in Tilden, Spirit of Texas Bank, P.O. Box 299, Tilden, Texas 78072 or a charity of choice.

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