Co-founder of Mandors fabric store;
Born: July 14, 1924; Died: July 26, 2013.
Rhoda Franklin, who has died aged 89, was the co-founder of Mandors, now one of Scotland's largest fabric stores. She established the store in 1977 with her son-in-law Mike Deutsch, an achievement of which she was very proud.
She was the middle daughter of David and Sadie Goldsmith of Shawlands, Glasgow. When her own father died suddenly in 1939, Rhoda left school and went out to work buying and selling jewellery door-to-door to help support her family.
Her enduring interests were singing, dancing and exercise, and having failed to fulfil her ambition to become a famous performer, she took qualifications to become an exercise teacher. One of the original members of the Glasgow keep- fit movement, she continued to attend exercise classes three times a week.
Married in 1946 to Dr Phillip Seltzer, the marriage tragically ended with her husband's premature death in 1965, aged 43. She took up teaching physical education full time in Riverside Secondary, Parkhead, for the next five years.
In 1970, her brother-in-law, Ralph Gaya, asked her to manage his fabric shop The Central Remnant Warehouse in Jamaica Street, which she did until her marriage to Dr Monty Franklin in 1975.
In 1977, with Mike Deutsch, she founded Mandors, and it went on to become one of Scotland's largest fabric stores. Although retired, she always maintained a keen interest, and continued to promote the business through word of mouth.
Her interests included golf, which she had to give up several years ago (although she remained a life member of Bonnyton Golf Club), bridge, which she played weekly at the Glasgow Bridge Club and Maccabi, and keep-fit at Carmichael Hall, Pollokshaws. and Jordanhill. She appeared on stage last year at the Theatre Royal with her fellow performers Pan's Pensioners, and was recently interviewed by the BBC for Scotland on Film.
Her other activities included volunteering at the Cosgrove Care shop in Skirving Street, Shawlands, and helping out at the Scottish Jewish Archives on a Sunday afternoon.
As if these commitments were not enough, she led an active social life, attending the ballet, classical music concerts, theatre performances and art exhibitions. Her energy was remarkable, and she always still found time for her friends and family, who were amazed by her multifarious activities.
Throughout her life, she travelled extensively. There were few countries she had not visited, and it was on her last holiday to Italy with her daughter Karen and son-in-law Mike that she suffered a brain haemorrhage a few days after celebrating her 89th birthday. She died in a hospital in Latina, Italy. Her contribution to Glasgow society will never be forgotten.
She is survived by her three children, Karen, Valerie and David, their families, her grandchildren and one great grandchild.
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