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Nelda L. Branson, 85, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Ash Grove Health Care Facility in Ash Grove. Nelda was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She used love of family, creativity and hard work to provide a warm, inviting home. Her kitchen table was always open to family, friends, and strangers alike. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Springfield where she attended the Chapel Sunday School Class. Over the years, Nelda served in many capacities mentoring children and young adults of the church in their faith. She is survived by her husband, Lyle D. Branson, Springfield; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Sharon Branson, Ozawkie, Kan.; daughter and son-in-law, Darla and Bob McDonough, Jefferson City; daughter, Connie Condict, Ash Grove; grandchildren, Alan Branson (Tracy), Marshall, Chad Branson (Carrie), Ozawkie, Kan., Laura Branson Mobley (John), Herndon, Va., Erin McDonough Strong (Steve), Columbia, Megan McDonough, Jefferson City, Cody Condict, Ash Grove, Jake Condict, Springfield, and Kinsey Condict Rhudy (Ryan), Springfield; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol Procter Beck (Martin), Jefferson City; and several nieces and nephews. Nelda was preceded in death by her father, Henry Clay Procter; mother, Myrtle Dale Steenbergen Procter; brother, Floyd Colbert Procter; and daughter, Kathy Dale Branson. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 26, in the Chapel of First Baptist Church Springfield with the Reverend Michael Overton officiating, under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time Thursday in the Chapel. Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Missouri Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Children's Home in Mt. Vernon. Cards for the family may be sent to Lyle Branson, in care of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, 1947 E. Seminole St. Springfield, MO 65804.
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