Nicole Walsh-Franklin

FLORIDA—Nicole Kathleen Walsh-Franklin, 39, passed away on Feb. 7, 2024 in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Born Nov. 21, 1984 in Fort Walton Beach, FL, Nicole was the daughter of Elizabeth Walsh and George “Rick” Franklin. She graduated from Reed-Custer High School in Braidwood and eventually moved back to her home state of Florida. Nicole enjoyed sports, particularly baseball and softball which she played for much of her childhood. She was a big New York Yankees & Boston Red Sox fan, so much so, she named her dog Fenway. She loved music of all genres and had a tendency to play her favorite tracks endlessly, whether those around her wanted to hear ‘Goodbye Earl’ by the Dixie Chicks 10 times in a row or not, it was happening. She had a great sense of humor and always found a way to make people laugh. Those who knew Nicole, know that when she set her mind to it she could do anything. She will be remembered for her strength and passion to live life her way.
She is survived by her mother and step-father, Elizabeth (Dale) Walsh, and her father, George “Rick” Franklin; two sons, Aidan Drapeau and Abel Patrizi; brothers, George "Ricky" Franklin II and Dru Walsh, and sister, Kaitlin Dell’Aquila.
The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Rd., in Wilmington, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of memorial services at 11:30 a.m.
Those who wish to participate in the memorial service virtually may join the live stream of Nicole's services, which can be found on her memorial page starting at 11:30 a.m.
The family wishes to extend their gratefulness to the professionals there who helped guide us through this emotional and often overwhelming process.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Nicole's memorial page via social media at
Cremation services have been provided by McLaughlin Mortuary in Fort Walton Beach, FL, and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes and Crematory in Wilmington.