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Dr. Diana Franklin

Dr. Diana Franklin, age 62, of Quincy, died on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 1:14 am in Barnes Jewish Hospital.

Diana Franklin | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisDiana was born February 2, 1956 in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Donald “Don” and Sheila Menne Laws. She married Todd Franklin on November 19, 1983 in Quincy, Illinois. He survives.

Diana was a 1974 graduate of Notre Dame High School and a graduate of Illinois State University. She received her doctorate of chiropractic degree in 1981 from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. After receiving her chiropractic degree, Diana joined her mother, Dr. Sheila Laws at Laws Chiropractic and eventually purchased the practice. Diana continued her education in chiropractic, nutrition and functional medicine through the years and brought her knowledge back to Quincy with the goal of healing the whole person at Franklin Total Wellness.

Diana was an avid shopper and never passed up an opportunity to find deals at Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Home Goods. Her family, friends and kitties reaped the rewards of her shopping trips. Those nicely spoiled kitties gave both Todd and her great pleasure when they were home. Diana dearly loved her family above all else. Todd, Chris and Letha and grandson Robert made up her wonderful world of family, and she would do anything for them. She loved her profession and was always thinking of how to better help her patients because she genuinely cared for them.

Survivors in addition to her husband, Todd, include her son, Chris (Letha) Franklin of Wentzville, MO; her grandson, Robert Franklin; her mother, Dr. Sheila Laws of Quincy; her father and mother-in-law, Kirk and Sharon Franklin of Bella Vista, AR; two sisters, Suzanne (Jon) Feldman and Julie (Rick) Bruening; a brother, Joseph (Larry Swallish) Laws; a brother-in-law, Mark Franklin of Centerton, AR; nieces and nephews, Brandon (Molly) Bruening, Jennifer (William) Phelps, Heather (Dr. Greg) Bosshardt, Tristin (Chad) Neumann, Andrew (Amanda) Schofield, Daniel (Julie) Schofield, and Madeline and Valerie Franklin; great nieces and nephews; and her three cats, Kerry, Gracie and Shelby.

Diana was preceded in death by her father, Don Laws.

Services: 10:00 am on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Stinnett officiating.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Memorials: Quanada or Quincy K9 Connection


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.



  1. Dear Dr. Sheila, Sue, Julie, Joe & Franklin Family- Gone too soon & oh so missed. Having known the Law’s family from early Sheridan days it can be said Diana was certainly the best daughter, sister, spouse, mother, grandmother that your dear family could ask for. One need to only look at her sweet mom or sister Sue to see Diana’s beauty in your mirroring resemblance! Heaven got a great healer. God Bless you all as you navigate your 1st upcoming holidays with Diana shopping in heaven to send you gifts of your loving memories with her.

  2. The world was a better place with Dr. Diane in it. She was a lovely person who helped so many. I will never forget her and I’m so sorry to the family for her loss.

  3. My Heartfelt condolences to All of Diana’s family. Several years ago she helped us with our adopted son as he struggled with severe mental health problems. I will always be grateful to Diana, her mother , and the clinic staff for helping us. She will live on in the warm memories of those near and dear to her.

  4. Dear Todd, Chris and the Law family.
    We are so sorry for your loss.. Ryo and I know Diana from our college days.. She will be greatly missed.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ryo and Alice

  5. So very sorry for your loss. Her smile and enthusiasm for life will be forever in our memories. May God shelter you through this storm…Jim Balfour family

  6. Todd, we are so sorry to hear about Diana. Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family.

  7. I love her beautiful soul that will continue to bless those whose lives she touched and healed. Diana had a gift and used it to make this world a better place. I will always remember my friend, and the knowledge and skills she taught me! Mostly I will simply miss the smiles and love, her and Todd freely gave. Prayers of comfort to Todd, Chris, and all who are saying a goodbye which came so unexpectantly.

  8. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Diana. Todd, Chris, Letha and beautiful little Robert – along with the entire family and all of the many friends and colleagues of this beautiful friend of ours… Please know that you are all in our prayers and you have our sincere condolences. We pray that God grant you all strength during this very difficult time! She will be missed dearly!!!

  9. Todd, Chris, Letha, Robert and family – We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Di will be greatly missed.

  10. Peace to Di , Todd and Christopher . Peace to the Franklin /Laws family and friends . Our world has lost a truly dynamic woman , she was a great friend to so many and a uniquely gifted healer . I had the great fortune to be her patient and friend. I was truly affected by her presence , She moved though life with such a profound human spirit.
    A very deep heartfelt prayer to you all .

  11. Todd and Chris I am so sorry to hear about Diana. What a wonderful person. My thoughts will be with you always. -Janis Smith and Family

  12. Diana and Todd, as well as Christopher were our neighbors for 25 years. We were also friends as well. She was so wonderful when I lost Bob, she even helped me write his obituary. I have spent so much time with Diana and cannot say enough about her as a friend and neighbor.
    She was wonderful in every way.
    Her wonderful family as well as her many friends and patients will never forget her kindness and the fact that she attended so many conferences and lectures to keep improving her excellent skills. I already miss her as a neighbor but will have an impossible task missing her absence from this world.
    Christopher, we met when you were 5.
    What a tremendous loss you and your entire family are suffering. I will pray for all of you.
    Todd, what can I say? Sorry doesn’t touch it .
    Love to all of you.

  13. We are so saddened by the loss of such an incredible women and our sympathy does out to her family. She will be greatly missed by her ABWA Sisters.

  14. To the Franklin, Laws and Bruening families, prayers and condolences. Dr.Di will be missed beyond measure. Her joy was infectious, her heart selfless. She gave so much to everyone she knew. My heart goes out to all of you during this sad, sad time.

  15. Todd, Chris, Letha & Robert: I am in shock and my heart hurts with the loss of Dr. Di. Such a professional and loving friend. She was always there for everyone. I’ll miss her forever.

  16. Todd, Chris & Letha, as well as the rest of Diana’s family, I am truly sorry for your loss. My heart is broken right along with yours. She was the Greatest Earth Angel that I have ever met. Sending you all a hug.

  17. It has been such a shock to all of my family. I still can’t believe she’s gone. Dr Di was our family doctor and she new our kids before they were born. Dr. Di was the only doctor we confided in for everything and we loved her dearly. If it wasn’t for her approach of healing the whole body, my son and I would be in heaven also. We love you all and your in our thoughts and prayers 24/7.

  18. Todd, Chris, Letha, Robert, and Dr. Brandon, I don’t even know where to begin. Dr. Di was an amazing person. I loved her smile, laugh, kindness, and never ending strive to help all her patients. I always looked forward to seeing her and hearing her stories. She was a wonderful doctor and friend who was always there for me and my family. I will miss her greatly, more than I can even explain. Saying she will be missed is an understatement; she was loved by so many. Sending countless prayers your way for healing and peace. She was an absolute blessing. I love you Dr. Di. Rest peacefully. We will all see you again someday.

  19. What a wonderful talented and enthusiastic mother, wife and physician. She was the Doctor I could always refer the mystery patients to. She was always, along with her talented sister, Suzanne, in a quest for knowledge to find the answer to her patient’s problems. And of course, that is where I always seemed to run into her, at a seminar. May God bless each and every family member and friends as we grieve this loss. Regards, Dan A. Mefford, D.C.

  20. I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great Woman, Healer and Friend. My sympathies go out to her entire family. Your spirit was strong and will last on forever in the people who knew and loved you. You touched so many and helped even more.

  21. Dear Chris and Family:
    We are sorry to hear of Diana’s passing. She was always so welcoming to us when we came to pick up Andy or drop something off to him. We will pray for her and for you and your family as you grieve her loss.

  22. We are so sorry to hear this about Diana. May God be with you all at this difficult time. Praying for you all.

  23. Dear Todd & family,
    We send our sincere condolences at this tragic time. We are sorry for your loss and Quincy’s loss, too, May God give you strength as you continue a the sterling legacy of Dr. Diana.

  24. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss Todd and Chris. My heartfelt condolences go out to your family. We will miss this wonderful women who brought love and light into so many lives.

  25. Sheila, Todd and family—You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Di was a very special lady and will be missed. She is with Jesus and is now a saint looking out for us. Peace to all.

  26. Todd, Chris, Letha, Sheila, Joe, Suzanne -also all the nieces & nephews & grandson – I cannot express to you how sorry I am – this community has lost someone who was absolutely amazing in her field & beyond as well as a true friend! Many hugs & prayers to you all!

  27. So very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all. Diana was a jewel! She always had a smile and a big heart. May you all find strength and comfort in the loving arms of Jesus as you go through this difficult time.

  28. What a sad, sad day. Quincy won’t be the same without Dr. Di. My third child had an appointment with her before he even had a name — that was a fun registration. She was an incredible woman who routinely did the “impossible.” Incredible doctor, incredible family, incredible loss.

  29. Ohhhh. My heart goes out to your family! Diana was a warm, caring talented person who gave so much of herself to her family and her clients. I am lucky to have known her over many years, and fondly remember how she welcomed my two-day old home-born daughter to her clinic with her tender intuitive touch. And I love the way she and Todd renovated and kept up their home on 18th, where I grew up. Her passing is a huge loss for everyone. May she Rest In Peace, she’s an angel.

  30. To the Laws and Franklin families, prayers for comfort and peace. I don’t know when I have had such sadness. Perhaps it was because no matter how many times you saw Di, you always had the feeling that she was there just for you. She had so many wonderful talents, not just as a Dr. but as a human being who had the talent of connecting with others. You lived life to the fullest Diana, and you made a huge impact in this world. I will miss you dearly.

  31. Dear Sheila and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Diana was a great friend and helped to create wonderful childhood memories. Praying for you all.

  32. Quincy will have a large void for sure. Diana knew everyone and was always quick with a hug and smile. Todd and Chris may you feel comfort from all who loved her and from the Lord who is wrapping you in his loving arms. My prayers are with you all at this time.

  33. I am so sorry for your loss. It has been years but I will always remember your kind and loving family.

  34. Dr Diana was a friend and a intuitive Chiropractor that could figure out what was causing your problem. She helped many people over the years with their health problems. She will be missed. Our prayers are with Todd and Diana’s family.

  35. So sorry to hear of your loss. Diana will be very missed. Very compassionate, loving person to all. Prayers for your family during this difficult time.

  36. Todd, Chris, Letha, Baby Robert. We are so very sorry for your loss. Diana touched so many lives. We are grateful to have known her to be the kind, caring, wonderful friend she was, not to mention her incredible healing capabilities. Truly amazing. The chiropractic community will never be the same. She was the heart and soul. We loved her dearly. You are in our thoughts and prayers. XOXO

  37. Todd, Chris, Julie, Sheila, Suzanne and Joe you are all in my thoughts and prayers! Our entire community has lost a beautiful woman with amazing gifts. I will never forget the kindness she showed me as a patient and friend. She will be truly missed by all.

  38. OMG what a quiet and wonderful soul! I am shocked, heaven has certainly called home a wonderful soul who will be missed greatly! my thoughts and prayers to those she leaves behind

  39. Dr. Di was an amazing everything. She was a caring doctor, a good friend, and just an amazing person. Our whole family loved her and she was just amazing.

  40. My love goes out to the entire Franklin/Laws family. Diana was one of my first friends when I moved to Quincy. She brought joy and goodness to the world. She will be missed. May her memory be eternal.

  41. Diana was the most beautiful and selfless lady one would ever want to know. Words cannot express the loss Quincy will experience. Many prayers for the family.

  42. Diana was the most beautiful and selfless lady one would ever want to know. Words cannot express my broken heart and for the family. Many prayers for the family.

  43. Todd, Chris, Letha and Robert, I can’t hardly accept this, i can’t image what you are going through. I am holding intention for healing for you all and those of us who you have allowed to be part of your lives by unselfishly sharing Dr. Di with us. Di, what i wouldn’t give for another hug and to see your smile and your beautiful face. Because of your zest for life to use your tallents to help others, you have changed my life forever to never accept what is, for there is possibility beyond what we see. You will forever hold a place in my heart. I don’t know what I will do without you…….my heart is heavy

  44. Thoughts and prayers Todd to you and your family. So sorry for your loss.
    Thinking of the nice times we all had together. Nice memories. Know you will miss her.

  45. My heart hurts. This woman was so amazing there are no words. I will miss her everyday and more. She had a heart like no other. My condolences to Chris, letha and Robert and ll her siblings. She will be greatly missed!
    Jenn lyons

  46. So sorry for your loss! I’m without words to hear this, deeply saddened! Diana was so wonderful and friendly. Thinking about you all at this difficult time.

  47. Oh my God! This is a shock to me. I went to her for years – moved to Ohio 16 yrs ago and had no idea. Loved her smile and attitude as well as care and empathy.

  48. I am overcome by so much sadness. Dr. Di will be missed immensely by many, many patients, family, & friends. Todd, Rechell, & Dr. Brandon my prayers are with you!

  49. My heartfelt condolences to Todd, Chris, Dr. Sheila, Dr. Suzanne, Joe, Julie, Dr. Brandon and all of your families (forgive me for not naming everyone). I loved her dearly and will miss seeing her lovely smile and her positive attitude. She was my inspiration and a wonderful example of how to truly live post-aneurysm. She was the first one I called when I got my diagnosis and I will never forget her compassion and love throughout my healing journey. Much love to you all. You’re in my prayers.

  50. Dr Diana was a great intuitive Chiropractor who helped many people back to health. She will be missed.

  51. A legacy and lifetime of love. You never had to wonder what was on your mind genuine darling as you would speak the truth without fail. I’m so happy for you to be in glory, yet I’m selfish and hurt and long for “one more song”.

  52. So saddened to hear this. Diana was such a wonderful lady who helped so many people!! She will be greatly missed!!!

  53. Todd and family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers being sent for comfort. Saw on her Facebook she has had some great days with her mom and family.
    Darrell and Vicki Doebelin

  54. So sorry to hear this. I saw Dr. Di in my teenage years and then again later on. She even saw my babies. No matter how long it had been since I had seen her she always had a smile and hug for me. Truly a kind lady. Prayers for comfort for all her family during this time. ❤️

  55. This is truly so sad! She was always there for me when I needed her because I hurt my back!! Prayers for her family and friends!! She will be missed so dearly

  56. Hi Sheila and family, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of Diana. She will be missed by many many people. I still think of her as a little girl on 25th Street. All of our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  57. My heart goes out to the family. The heaves gained a beautiful Angel. Diane touched so many and she was an amazing woman. RIP sweet lady.

  58. My heart goes out to the family. The heaves gained a beautiful Angel. Diane was an amazing woman that touched so many. RIP sweet woman!!!

  59. Our family has known her for years. She actually saved my mom’s life by finding her lung cancer where the regular Dr had been treating her for pneumonia. Sweet , sweet lady. She will be missed. So sorry for the family.

  60. Diana was a wonderful woman and will be missed in this community. I am deeply saddened and sending prayers for strength to her family. Certainly gone too soon.

  61. Todd, Christopher, Shelia, and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Lots and lots of hugs and prayers coming your way

  62. My sweet, loving cousin. I am heartbroken. I will never forget the warmth of your smile. Todd, Chris, Julie, Suzanne, Joe, and Aunt Sheila, you are all in my thoughts.

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