2017-11-09 / Obituaries

Alice H. Branche

McConnellsburg, 104

Alice Henrietta “Granny” Branche, McConnellsburg, 104, was called to glory on October 30, 2017, with her children, grandchildren and a host of family and friends by her bedside.

She was born on March 29, 1913, the daughter of the late Sarah E. and John Spriggs.

She received her education in Central Fulton Public Schools, which were then known as the McConnellsburg School System. She was a volunteer for the Head Start program and also served as a domestic worker for a brief time in her life. As her family began to grow, she made the decision to be a stay-at-home mother. She devoted her life to raising her children and being a wife to her husband, Ted Branche. She never wavered in support of her family; in fact, the family was the center of her joy. She was a delight to be around and everyone travelled from far and near to sit at the foot of one of God’s wonders as she shared wisdom gleaned from her life’s journey that lasted 104 years.

She loved to cook and she loved to eat. She cooked with love for her children and her family. Her kitchen was always filled with the aroma of scents that beckoned you to the table, and she had a seat at the table for anyone who was in need. Everyone who came in contact with this mighty woman of God was changed by the spirit of love and compassion that she displayed without hesitation. Although she loved her family and her people, her greatest love was the love she had for Jesus Christ. She could be heard praising God saying, “Jesus is all the world to me,” or singing the old hymns such as, “The Old Rugged Cross.” Alice accepted Christ at an early age and was the oldest member of Bethel Cito African Methodist Church where she worked to uplift God’s Kingdom by doing fundraising socials.

She was a kind, down-to-earth, no-nonsense woman who found pleasure in the simple things, like watching the birds from her window, seeing the flowers bloom and looking at the mountains. She was a country woman at heart, who was not pretentious or pious; she was a peacemaker and the matriarch of her family as well as a pillar to the community.

She is survived by her daughters: Juanita Branche, McConnellsburg; Peggy McWhite and Patsy Dinkins, Harrisburg; and Stephanie Branche, McConnellsburg; a son, Walter Branche, Coatesville, Pa.; and five generations of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Branche; two sons: Walter L. Branche and Harold Branche; three daughters: Geraldine Davis, Delores Scates, and Sarah Branche.

On October 30, 2017, Alice Branche, beloved matriarch, was called home to heaven where she was adorned with her wings and her crown. The angels rejoiced as God greeted our “Queen Bee,” commending her for a life well lived, a race finished and a job well done. “Farewell to the Queen!” She is gone from this world, but her spirit will forever reign with us.

Homegoing services were held Tuesday, November 7, at the United Methodist Church, 3746 Cito Road, McConnellsburg. Pastor Annette Torres, Temple of New Beginnings Church, Harrisburg, was the officiant. Interment was at Union Cemetery in McConnellsburg, Pa.

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