Jennifer N. Maxwell Franks

February 11, 1989 ‒ January 22, 2020

Grove City, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Jennifer N. Maxwell Franks, 30, of Grove City, formerly of Mount Vernon passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Riverside Methodist Hospital surrounded by her family.  She was born on February 11, 1989 in Mount Vernon to Terry Maxwell and Barbara (Calkins) Taylor.

Jennifer graduated with honors from Mount Vernon High School in 2007, where she was a cheerleader, class President,  on the Forum Court in 2005 and the 2006 Homecoming Queen.  She danced at Carole Dance Studio for 13 years and was a student teacher.  Jennifer attended North Central State College and in 2010, she graduated from McLennan Community College with honors in Waco, Texas with a Respiratory Therapy degree.  She was employed as a Certified and Registered Respiratory Therapist at Hillside Baptist Medical Center in Waco, Texas from 2010 to 2011 and was employed by Ohio Health Grant Medical Center in Columbus from 2011 until 2019.  She taught respiratory therapy classes and clinicals at Columbus State Community College.  She loved being a part of the Grant Paranormal Society.  Jennifer enjoyed participating in Tough Mudder Races, the Ohio State 5Ks and attending country concerts.  She had a very extensive autographed guitar pick collection and she owned the very successful Jenny’s Wreath Boutique.

Jennifer is survived by her best friend and husband, Zachary Franks, whom she married on May 25, 2019; her mother, Barbara (David) Taylor of Bellville; her father, Terry (Carol) Maxwell of Mount Vernon; her beloved dachshunds, Hershey and Caramel; her brother, Kevin (Katie) Maxwell of Lynn Haven, FL; half-sister, Becky Maxwell of Mount Vernon; step brother, Eric Taylor of Guam;  step sisters, Lisa Collins of Galena and Amanda McGee of Bellville; nieces, Izadora, Emory, and Ella Maxwell of Lynn Haven, FL; and many friends.

The family will receive friends from 12–3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon.  A funeral service celebrating the life of Jennifer will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Covenant Church, 13360 New Delaware Road, Mount Vernon with Pastor Tim Overly officiating.  The family will observe a private burial.

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  • Barb and family I am so sorry to hear about Jenny. Thoughts and prayers for all of the family at this sad time. Thinking of all of you.
    Love, Dede

  • Barb, Terry, Kevin, and family.

    We are sincerely sorry that you have lost a bright, shining, wonderful daughter and sister. We are beyond shocked to hear this news. We are thinking and praying for your entire family.

    Please excuse us for not attending the calling hours or funeral as we are traveling.

    Love Bill and Kim Doane

  • So very sorry for the loss of your sweet Jennifer. It’s been a long hard road for her & all of you but now, no more suffering. God Bless her soul, family & friends. Barb & Terry, condolences.
    Tom & Jan Fowler

  • Sorry about your loss Jenny was a great person whom I was lucky to have worked with for a few years. She had a beautiful smile and a wonderful soul. May she rest in peace now. I send my condolences to the family and all of her friends.

  • Sweet, sweet Jenny. Too young and too bright a light to go out so soon. What a champ and what a fight you fought. My heart breaks for you and your family because you had so much life left to live. I hope you felt all the love and support surrounding you until the end. Rest easy sweet angel. God bless your family and friends who will surely miss your light. Xo

  • Sending my condolences to Frank and the family of Jenny. Jenny was a true Angel and I’m glad I got the opportunity to work with her at Hillcrest Hospital.

  • Jenny, you were always such a loving and warm soul. Universally loved. You lit up every room you entered, and made even the weak feel stronger. Your presence here on Earth will be missed. Your physical pain is now gone, and we are all thankful you’re no longer hurting. You will forever live on as a beacon of strength.

    With love,
    The Cabral Family

  • Terry, Barb and Zach,

    I knew Jenny from Grant, but Zach is one of my best friends. Our family cant even form words right now for you. Just know how inspiring and loved Jenny was from people who you have never met. Like Zach said, she was an angel on earth. It most cases people talk about someone going to heaven but they cant be sure. They may think they want to believe that God passes judgment and lets them on the streets of Gold. I dont have that feeling with Jenny. I know to my heart soul that Jenny will walk those streets. I saw Jenny with her patients, I saw Jenny with her family and friends. Jenny was a gift from God for us to temporary have in our lives. The diagnoses crushed us, but she was needed elsewhere. How lucky you must feel to be able to call her your daughter. Jenny will never be forgotten and stories of her will live on. I hope God wraps his arms around all three of you and gives you peace and comfort right now.

  • I had Jenny as a dance teacher of mine for only a short time, but she was one of the sweetest kindest souls I had ever met. Prayers to the family and friends that were close to her! We will miss her warming smile.

  • Miss Jenny was one of my dance teachers for about a year when I was younger. She was one of the sweetest, kindest people I had ever met. She was the most beautiful soul with the most warming smile. Prayers for everyone in the family. Fly high Miss Jenny and dance with the angels.

  • I send my most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Jenny. Her radiance and love if life shine through in the words and memories of those lives she has touched. May your hurt soon begin heal and may the memories of her live on forever.

  • My sincere condolences to Zack and the rest of Jenny’s family. I was very fortunate to have worked with Jenny at Grant. She was so sweet and soft spoken and her beautiful smile lit up the room. She was great with her patients and the students she taught. Jenny was loved and will be missed by so many of her friends and co workers.
    I am saddened by her passing, but it is comforting to know she is no longer in pain.
    Goodbye sweet Jenny!!!

  • It is with a sad heart I offer condolences to Zack and all Jenny’s family and friend’s. Her beautiful smile and kind heart will be surely missed! Her love for her patient’s was felt when you walked into their room. Her eagerness to make sure her Respiratory student were the best showed in the caring way she taught them. My heart breaks for her family and friend as we prayed Jenny would be our miracle. She is at peace now with our Lord. I know her smile is making heaven a little brighter. Luv you Jenny!

  • My hearts breaks for all who loved Jenny , especially her family. She touched a lot of people through her kindness and strength through this horrible battle. Praying for family and friends.
    Tim and Becky Woosley
    Panama City Fl

  • Jenny was truly an angel. She helped me with many of my TBI patients and helped change their paths to a better recovery. It is because of her that one patient has almost completely recovered when there was little hope. The Miracle Center was lucky to have such an amazing young woman be apart of their RT group. You will be greatly missed. God Speed my friend!

  • Marsha and family. So very sorry to hear about Jenny. I did not know her but from what you told me about her and all the updates you gave me about her battle with cancer she had to have been a very strong and remarkable person. Thoughts and prayers to your entire family. May God embrace you all and give you strength and beautiful memories of her.

  • Jenny was a fantastic dancer. I loved to work with her and also observe as she worked on tap and Pointe solos with other teachers. She was always eager, helpful, and present. If she was in the room, there would be laughter! I saw the younger students looking up to her, and at times mimicking her exactly, and she gave them her attention and approval. I remember that even as a very busy homecoming queen she made it a point to stop in the studio after the bonfire and check in. Even in times when it was her turn to feel special, she was able to make others feel special too. Some of her memorable solos/duets that stand out in my memory is “Jenny from the Block” and “some random Eminem song with the rap edited out” (ok I forget the name of the song) that Jenny worked on with Miss Jess. And I do believe it was “Dancing Dan” when the hats randomly popped off but never actually came off. I loved when Jenny and Kailea paired up for Kitchen Cooks and when they were chicken complete with nests and beaks. Her senior year, Jenny did a Pointe solo to “Concrete Angel”, and had a paper lunch sack as a prop. At the end she was to pull an angel out of the sack and pose with it. But in rehearsal it was always something different and I remember her laughing every time at her own joke. When Jenny lived in Texas, lucky me could still catch glimpses of her dancing (I assume the Texas two step!) when she made occasional posts on Facebook. I was lucky to spend so many hours dancing and creating with Jenny, and I am thankful for so many wonderful memories.

  • It was my honor to take care of Jenny while working at Riverside in the ICU. I pray for peace not only for her family, her husband, but for her as well in her transition. I thought about and prayed for her often after my shift , that’s she would feel no pain and no fear. Though her physical body is no longer present, no doubt she leaves behind an everlasting memory on all of those she touched. Praying for you all during this difficult time.

  • I am so sorry for your tragic loss. When I read what friends have written, I can see that Jenny grew to be a strong, caring young woman who touched many lives. I ache for her family and pray that you have precious memories and stories to share. God bless you all.

  • I remember meeting Jenny at Grant. She was so nice and spoke to me like she really wanted to actually speak to me. I never noticed an ounce of judgement coming from her. Around the time I met her I had very low self esteem and I was very sensitive to how others perceived me. But Jenny was so nice and I wasn’t nervous to talk to her. She was one of the most beautiful humans I had seen; inside and out. She gave me comfort the times I spoke to her in a very odd way. Like she knew I needed to talk to someone without feeling judged. And she seemed genuine as well. May she Rest In Peace. I’m very sorry your loss.

  • My deepest condolences. Jenny’s beautiful smile and kind heart are greatly missed.
    May Jenny have peace .

  • For any of Jenny’s former dance friends and students, Carole Dance Studio is open for the public to mourn with on Sunday from 3-5pm. We invite you to come dance with us in Jenny’s memory one last time.

    Please bring pictures and memories <3
    We can be found at 110 W Chestnut St, Mt Vernon, OH 43050

  • Barb and family,

    I am so, so sorry for the loss of beautiful Jenny. My heart breaks for all of you at this very difficult time.

  • Prayers to all of you 🙏 I was privileged to get to know Jenny through her grandparents Carl and Dorothy Calkins , they were so proud of their only granddaughter . Barb, Love you Bill and Susan

  • So very sorry for the loss of your sister Becky. Reading all the condolences shows how much she was loved and respected.
    God bless and give comfort to you and your entire family.
    RIP Jenny

  • Barb, we have lost touch with you over the years and although we never knew Jenny we grieve with you at her passing. Our prayers are with you and your family as you as you try to make sense of the loss of your beautiful daughter. God Bless you all.

    Chuck and Carole Waugh

  • Barb, so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. You and your family are in my prayers.

    Diane Bash

  • Words can never express how sorry we are for your loss. Prayers always for you Barb and your family in this difficult time. John 3:16.

  • So sorry for your loss. She was always full of life. She we be truely missed. My prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

  • I didn’t know Jenny, and I don’t know her family. What I do know is, every once in a while, God sends an Angel among us, to be an example of how He wants all of us to live. From the Video I just watched and the story of Jennifer’s life I just read, She was the perfect example of how God wants us to live…….Peace to all of you

  • My condolences to all of Jenny’s family. I taught at CSCC with her. She was a kind and gentle spirit who will be greatly missed.

  • I worked with Jenny at Vantiy when I was in high school back in Waco, TX. She was truly a beautiful soul. Jenny was so kind to everyone, super funny, and incredibly smart. I looked up to her so much 10 years ago, as a dorky high schooler. She used to buy me Taco Bell, we’d go tanning at the lake, and she was so proud of the new apartment she picked out in Waco after graduating from the RT program. My heart goes out to her sweet husband, family, and pups. We were all lucky to know her.