Betty Branch


February 18, 1937 – June 11, 2020

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Betty Branch was born February 18, 1937 in Rock Port, Missouri. She passed from this life on June 11, 2020, a day she lived for.

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Arbra and Helen Triplett, her husband of 61 years, J.D. Branch, a daughter, Joy Delane Hogue, a granddaughter, Jamie Lane Bull, and a brother, George Triplett.

Betty is survived by a daughter, Melody Graham of Bertram, a son, Jeff Branch and his wife, Rose of Abilene and siblings, Barbara Carden, Carolyn Samuel, Dennis Triplett, Donna Highbarger, and Kent Triplett. She is survived by a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by her spiritual family.

Betty was a member of the church of Christ in Bertram. Betty graduated from Buffalo High School in Buffalo, Missouri. Betty worked in a variety of jobs over the years including a keypunch operator at Dyess Air Force Base and Little Rock Air Force Base. Betty was defined by her faith in God. Her relationship with God was the most important relationship in her life. She embraced God’s blessing of grace and shared that with others her entire life. Over the years, she and her husband influenced countless people to know the Lord. Betty had the heart of a servant. Much like her own mother, Betty was known for her hospitality and gift of cooking which she shared generously with others.

A memorial service will be planned in the future. Some of her cremains will be spread at the grave of her daughter, Joy in Hazen, Arkansas, and her remaining cremains will be interred with her husband’s cremains at the veterans’ cemetery in Abilene, Texas.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Bertram Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Centers, especially the thoughtful CNAs and hospice staff who supported her in maintaining contact with her family near the end of this life.

Arrangements were entrusted to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet.

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