Muriel L. Brannon, 95, Vandalia

Muriel L. Brannon, 95, Vandalia

Muriel L. Brannon, 95, of Vandalia, died at 4:05 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2008, at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vandalia, with Pastor Vickoria Halmagyi officiating. Burial was in Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia. Visitation was held on Sunday evening at Hohlt & File Funeral Home and an hour before services on Monday at the church. Memorials: St. James Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Brannon was born on June 1, 1912, in Vandalia, the daughter of George S. and Martha E. Lawson Thompson. She married Wayne L. Brannon on Feb. 24, 1934, in Vandalia; he died on Feb. 9, 1999.

She was a homemaker, and was a cook at Lincoln School, retiring in 1980. Prior to that, she worked at Grandfield’s Jewelry Store in Vandalia and Johnson, Stephens & Shinkle Shoe Factory in Vandalia for many years. Known to many as “Auntie Muriel,” she babysat for many children over the years. She was the oldest living member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vandalia, where she attended until falling in her home on Nov. 7, 2007. She had been a Sunday school teacher and member of the church council and Women of the Church for many years. She was a member of Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary in Vandalia and a 50-year member of Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 243.

She is survived by a son, Brad Brannon and his wife Connie of Vandalia; daughter, Betsy and her husband Ed Mills of Westford, Mass.; grandchildren, Chad Mills and his wife Deb Mills of Ayer, Mass., Amy and her husband Roger Fleming of Appleton, Maine, Brock Brannon and his wife Jenny of Vandalia, and Blaine Brannon of McHenry; and great-grandchildren, Jamie Mills, Jason Mills, Lucas Mills, Jackson Mills, Alex Mills, Wade Brannon and Miles Fleming.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Don and his wife Ruth Thompson; sister, Pauline and her husband Otto Petchat; and granddaughter, Coty Lynn Brannon.

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