It is with great sadness that the family of Sonya Rene (Cain) Franklin, 54, announces her passing on March 10, 2018. She left peacefully in the early morning hours surrounded by family.

A daughter, sister, and mother, Rene was above all things, a beautiful soul. Born in Zachary, Louisiana on October 23, 1963, to Jennings and Margaret Cain, Rene grew up mostly in the small town of Baker, LA. Following the death of her father in 1976, she and Margaret spent some time in Hawaii before settling in Houston, Texas. It is there that Rene married Robert Franklin, the father of her only child, Rachel. Rene loved to laugh, dance, cook, and saw every beautiful day as an opportunity to find adventure. Ever the wanderlust, always fiery in both joy and anger, she would have urged us all to not mourn her death, but celebrate her life.

She is survived by mother, Margaret Cain, sister, Sonya Allday, daughter, Rachel Franklin, and a community of friends who saw her as family.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Rene touched are invited to share in a 9am, Celebration of Life Visitation on Saturday, March 17, 2018 with 10am Memorial Services to follow at Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX 77591.

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