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Obituaries

February 15, 2014

Katherine "Kay" Lois Best Brannack

DANVILLE — Katherine “Kay” Lois Best Brannack, 92, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Hawthorne Estates, Danville, four days short of her 93rd birthday.

Kay was born Feb. 17, 1921, in Royal Oak, Mich., the daughter of William W. and Esta Burrell Best.

Kay is a sinner saved by grace, by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She is now in the presence of her Lord holy and without blemish, without spot or wrinkle in her eternal soul. (Ephesians 2:8-9 and Ephesians 5:25-27).

Kay was proceeded in death by her husband, Donald J.C. Brannack; her parents; three sisters, B. Louise Briggs (Wegee), Helen E. Baker and Bette M. Smith; one brother, Rodger W. Best; and their spouses.

She was the last in a long line of dearly loved Brannack in-laws. Seven sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law and their respective spouses. She was the last of our family’s “greatest generation.”

She leaves behind to rejoice in memories two sons and two daughters: Donna Kay (Emery) Childers of Michigan; Michael R. (Debbie) Brannack of Georgia; Larry W. (Shirley) Brannack of Michigan and Melanie A. (F. Dennis) Stevenson of Illinois, seven grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; C. Todd (Anne) Childers, Mark E. (Jody) Childers, Robert D. (Carrie) Childers, Lisa Brannack, Brian T. (Jerusha) Brannack, David M. (Stephanie) Brannack, Adam W. Brannack, Katrina L. (Jim) Stevenson Kotowski, Ginger K. (Brad) Stevenson Passalacqua and Mitzi (Faris) Hopper Sahaweh; 12 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews and their families.

Kay was a member of Danville First Church of the Nazarene, where she actively participated in the “prayer chain.” She was appreciated, respected and loved by her church family, as well as other churches during her lifetime.

Kay was a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).

A mother figure to many of her children’s relations and friends, she leaves behind a legacy of intelligence, humor, graciousness, uncompromising integrity and unconditional love.

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