George Oliver Branch, aged 82, died at his home in Livonia village last Saturday afternoon after an illness of over a year’s duration.
Mr. Branch was the youngest son of a family of eight children, two having died in infancy. His parents came from England where three of the children were born. They first settled at Livonia Center, a few years later moving to Canadice, where the remainder of their life was spent. There were three half-brothers and two half-sisters.
In 1878 he married to Mary Skinner of Canadice. Mr. Branch ws engaged in farming and poultry raising. He and his brother, Henry, did a great deal of building which added much to the civic beauty of the town. The greater part of his life was spent in Canadice, with the exception of a few years in Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma.
He came to Livonia to reside nine years ago. He was a member of the Congregational church, a man of quiet, retiring disposition. He loved his home and was held in high esteem by all. Mr. and Mrs. Branch observed their fiftieth wedding anniversary six years ago.
He is survived by his wife, and a half-brother, Elmer Brown, of Green Mt. Falls, Col. besides several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held at the home on Tuesday, the Rev. Joseph Grant, pastor of the Livonia Congregational church, officiating and interment was in Evergreen cemetery, Springwater. The bearers were nephews.
Following a stroke which she suffered last week Tuesday Mrs. Mary Branch, widow of George Branch, died at 9:30 Wednesday morning at her home on Big Tree street, Livonia. She had not been feeling well since about Thanksgiving time.
Mrs. Branch was one of a family of eight children of the late William and Mary Skinner and was born in the town of Canadice. She passed her eightieth birthday only a short time ago. About sixty years ago she married Mr. Branch, and the couple came to Livonia to live twelve years ago. They celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary shortly afterward.
Mrs. Branch is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Noble of Ardmore, Okla., and Mrs. Alta Cole of Hemlock; also several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the late home. Mr. Donald L. Wright, pastor of the Livonia Congregational church, of which the deceased was a member, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery, outside of Springwater.
Mrs. Branch was also a member of the Livonia W.C.T.U.