Shirley Ann Branch

Charlestown, N.H. — Shirley Ann Branch, 73, of South Hemlock Road in Charlestown died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her home.

She was born in Brighton, Vt. on Feb. 24, 1941, the daughter of Girard L. and Myrtie (Bumps) Menard.

Shirley had worked for Tambrands, Peterson Plastics and Sylvania throughout her life.

Shirley married Roger A. Branch on Nov. 5, 1957, and he died on April 4, 2004. They liked to go camping and going out to dinner and Saturday night date nights. They loved each other very much.

The family includes one son, Raymond “Wally” Branch and his wife, Laurie of Claremont; one daughter, Terry Johnson and her husband, Charlie of Ascutney, Vt.; four grandchildren, Shirray Johnson, Nathaniel Johnson, Jessica Branch and Ryan Branch; nine great grandchildren; her caregivers, Harry and Linda Chesley; also several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Girard “Gerry” Branch on Sept. 22, 1993; a grandson, Aaron Branch on Nov. 25, 2007; two brothers, Girard “Sunny” Menard and Raymond Menard.

A memorial service will be held at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on Friday, April 25 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Father Shawn Therrien officiating.

Friends and family may call at the Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

Donations may be made in her memory the Adult Day Out Program, 958 John Stark Highway, Newport, NH 03773.

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