It began in Denton, TX on February 18, 1943. Born to Lola Mae Jones and Nathaniel Hicks a beautiful
baby girl lovingly named Marcia Fran (affectionately to be called ‘FRAN” for most of her life) Hicks.
Marcia joined her sisters; Barbara Ann, Beverly Von with Rondi Lynn following behind Marcia. Marcia’s
family became active members of St Emmanuel Baptist Church, where Marcia and her siblings were
baptized and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior.
Marcia attended Fred Moore School and was a fun, energetic child who loved making mud pies with her
schoolmates and friends. Marcia was a proud member of Fred Moore School’s band where she played
the Clarinet; and was a member of the Pep Squad. Because of Marcia’s passion for dance she became
an excellent dancer, winning a dance competition with her dance partner, Pepper Williams. They were
selected to dance on “Teen-Age Downbeat”, Fort Worth’s answer to “American Bandstand”. They won
first place and she received a Speidel bracelet which she cherished. This became one of Marcia's fondest memories as her love for dance and music remained throughout her life. Marica was an avid reader, with a choice of romance novels as her favorites to read. Marcia often neglected her chores for taking time to read instead.
In October of 1959, Marcia “Fran” married Charles Franklin Sr. (Punch). In April of 1960, they welcomed
their first-born named Cynthia. Charles and Marcia decided to search for better opportunities;
therefore, they decided to move to Los Angeles, CA. In September of 1960, Marcia with her baby
Cynthia boarded a train to Los Angeles. Marcia recalled it to be “quite a lonely journey”. After getting
settled in Los Angeles; September of 1963, the couple welcomed a son, Charles, Jr and lastly in July of
1965 a baby girl, Monica Lynn.
In the summer of 1972, Marcia and Cynthia met a young lady named Penny Lewis, who had a baby
named Cornell. Penny was looking for a baby-sitter and asked Marcia if Cynthia could have the job, to
which Marcia responded with a resounding yes! That baby; Cornell, became one of Marcia and Charles’
beloved “other son” from that day forward.
August of 1984, Marcia married Shelley H. Hill of Carson, CA and together they continued to raise her 3
children: Cynthia, Charles, Jr. & Monica.
Marcia worked several jobs throughout her long career at Revell Toy Maker, Max Factor Cosmetics,
Mattel, Centinela Hospital, Web Industries, Knotts Family Agency and Scan Health Plan where she met
wonderful people and life-long friends.
Marcia was a fashionista; dressy or casual, she loved to shop and was very inquisitive with a beautiful
smile that would light up a room.
Marcia was a spiritual energetic member of CrossWord Christian Church, Moreno Valley, CA where she was an engaged and devoted participant of the Bridge Builder Ministry. She was also an honorary member of New Joy Baptist Church, Riverside CA.
In her second phase of life, Marcia was still full of energy. In 2010; Marcia became a proud and active
member of the Deer Creek Red Hat Society. Marcia shone brightly as she enthusiastically participated in
the full spectrum of activities that the Red Hat had to offer. She enjoyed going to plays, dining out at
restaurants near and far, and mostly, she really enjoyed dressing up and attending all the charter’s galas.
Marcia loved being a “Nana”. Her electronic signature on all texts, Facebook and Instagram posts was
#1PROUDNANA. When Marcia’s first grandchildren began owning cell phones, she made sure to
become tech savvy, so that she would be in tune and could stay in contact with all her grandchildren,
always being their #1 Fan. Marcia was innately and experienced in being their number 1 fan, as she was
always there to give the best advice and encouragement to her daugthers.
Marcia’s Legacy to cherish her memory.
Children: Cynthia & Mac Smoot of Atlanta, GA; Monica & Gary Anderson, Sr. of Moreno Valley, CA;
Cornell & Melissa Hudson of Damascus, MD. Grandchildren: Gary Anderson, Jr., BreAnna Anderson,
Cheetara (Franklin) & Sterling Valentine, Charles W. Franklin, III, Francis Anderson, Alexis Smoot, Garrett
Anderson, Alissia Smoot and Ciara Franklin. Great grandchildren: Devin Anderson, Amina Anderson and
Naiyla Valentine all were much loved by Marcia. Marcia leaves behind a host of beloved nieces, nephews and devoted friends.
On December 23, 2020, Marcia departed from her earthly body to be with our Heavenly Father, the Lord. SHE WILL BE FOREVER LOVED AND MISSED.
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