Mary Alice Branscum, 97, of Salem, Arkansas, passed away, Wednesday, September 5, 2018 in Salem, Arkansas.
She was born in Ima, New Mexico on April 1, 1921, daughter of the late Henry L. and Dora A. (Smith) Caulkins. Mary spent her life as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, homemaker and friend. She was united in marriage to Jessie Jewell Branscum in Tucumcari, New Mexico and from this union three children were born, Loetta, Viola and Don. Mary attended Pentecostal Church of God in Salem. She was a hard worker and would help Jessie and Don with the trash route in Salem and milked cows when they had their family farm. Mary loved to be outside in her garden, whether she be in her flower garden or vegetable garden. She had a love for cooking and baking pies. When she would bake pies, she would bake four; two for her husband and two for everyone else.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Loetta Ash of Alton, Missouri; son, Don Branscum and wife Murlie of McRae, Arkansas; 7 grandchildren, Shane Ash, Stacey Ash, Donna Johnson, Ronnie Branscum, Ricky Branscum, Crystal Dorton and Terry Collins; 16 great grandchildren; 20 great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many good friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Branscum; daughter, Viola Jean Dye; grandchildren, Phillip Ash, Steven Branscum and Leveda Branscum; parents, Henry and Dora Caulkins; brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers include: Ronnie Branscum, Stacey Ash, Shane Ash, Daniel Ash, Glen Allen Tune and Matthew Vanwinkle
Funeral Services will be held, Monday, September 10, 2018 at Doty Family Funeral Service Chapel in Salem, Arkansas beginning at 10:00 AM with Bro. Winford Franks officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Salem, Arkansas. Visitation will be Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Doty Family Funeral Service Chapel in Salem, Arkansas from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral Service of Salem, Arkansas.