Archive for Thursday, August 14, 2003

Clara M. Branch


August 14, 2003

Services for Clara Marie Branch, 86, Gardner, were Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner. Burial was in Gardner Cemetery.
Mrs. Branch died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at Olathe Medical Center.
She was born July 17, 1917, in Osawatomie, the daughter of Homer and Faye Helen (Carpenter) Reynolds. She grew up, married and lived in Ft. Madison, Iowa. They then moved to Kansas City, Kan. Upon retiring, she moved to Bernice, Okla., and in later years moved to Gardner.
Mrs. Branch was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist church in Bernice, Okla.
She married Leslie Joseph Branch Aug. 14, 1937, in Ft. Madison, Iowa. He died June 11, 1998.
Survivors include a son, Leslie Frank Branch, Bernice, Okla.; three daughters, Judith K. Smith, Eudora, Nancy Lee Schaefer, Kearney, Mo., and Kathy L. Troll, Spring Hill; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a stepson, Gary Lewis Branch; a brother, Adolphus Reynolds; three sisters, Wynona L. Hile, Dora Pauley and Mae Dinwiddie; and a grandson.
The family suggests memorials to the Good Samaritan Nursing Center, sent in care of Bruce Funeral Home, P.O. Box 192, Gardner 66030.

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