Diana Fay Franklin-Adams, 64

Diana Fay Franklin-Adams

Born and raised in San Francisco, Mrs. Diana Fay Franklin-Adams died after an illness on Friday, Dec. 7. She was 64. Adams dedicated her life to education.  Her passion was educating and nurturing young people, inspiring them to achieve their dreams and realize their potential. She began her career as a teacher in the Oakland Diocese and later moved to New Mexico where she was a teacher, principal and school board president. She returned to the East Bay in 1985 where she resumed her career in the Diocese as principal of St. Benedict, and subsequently St. Louis Bertrand and St. Cyril. She led the merger of St. Louis Bertrand and St. Cyril, which became the SCLB Academy.  During this time, she consulted with former Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown to establish the Oakland Military Institute. Adams concluded her career with the Aspire Public Schools after serving as principal of Millsmont Academy and subsequently Millsmont Academy Secondary. Her love of God was a strong inspirational part of her life. She was dedicated to spiritual life and growth. Her church activities began in the AME church in San Francisco. Her spiritual journey and inquiry exposed her to varied beliefs, Catholicism, Pentecostal, Metaphysical and traditional Protestantism.  She was an active member of Unity Church in San Leandro, assisting the minister and helping to provide meals for the congregation on Sundays. Most recently she was attending Kingdom Builders Church in Oakland. Adams will be remembered for the life she lived devoted to her children and family, her students and school, her church and her love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The loving partner of Russell Hutchinson, she leaves behind to mourn her son,  Anthony Dana Franklin; daughter, Martha L. Harrell; 4 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brothers, Roosevelt C. Franklin, Kuwaza Imara, Vernon Arnold Franklin and her sister Gloria Jean Wright and a host of family and friends. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Diana Adam’s life.  The quiet hour is Monday, Dec. 17, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland.  The funeral is Tuesday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. at St. Benedict’s Church, 2245 82nd Ave. in Oakland.
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