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Ethelyn Branum

February 21, 2016

Ethelyn Fern Branum 88, died Sunday February 21, 2016 at her Newton residence. She was born May 16, 1927 in Hanston, Kansas to Pete W. and Frieda M (Ewy) Bachman.  One brother Donald Eugene preceded her in death in 1984. She married Marion Branum on November 21, 1947 in Moundridge, Kansas and they made their home in Newton, Kansas. Marion preceded her in death August 10, 2007.  Ethelyn attended school in Moundridge from 3rd. grade thru High School, graduating in 1945.  She graduated from Salt City Business College in 1946 and was employed by Western Food Prouducts Co. in Hutchinson Kansas until her marriage.  She served as church secretary for the First Baptist Church approximately 30 years and four years with the Evangelical United Brethren Church (now Salem United Methodist)

She was active in the American Baptist Womens’s Ministries locally, and in the Association and Region. She served 23 years as secretary, treasurer, president and historian on the Region board. She also served on several committees for the American Churches of Central Region.  She taught 1st and 2nd grade in the week day Bible program for 11 years.  She served as Sunday School Supt. For the Senior High Dept. for 15 years.  In her retirement years she was a volunteer with AB Men’s Disaster group on several work projects.  She enjoyed and appreciated the opportunities to serve her Lord in so many various ways including many capacities at her beloved First Baptist Church.  In 1980 she was elected Woman of the Year in Religion in Newton. She was an active member of the Newton Ladies Golf Club serving as secretary, treasurer, president and tournament chairman and enjoyed the game.


She is survived by three sons: Scotty and Denice of Wichita, KS, Alan and Cathy of Wichita, KS and Larry and Lessie of Ocala, FL. Grandchildren Travis and Amy  Branum  of Colby, KS, Lance Branum of Corpus Christi, TX, Tara and Chase Branum of Ft. Worth, TX, Amanda and Garret Meller of Wichita, KS  and Audra  and Nick Arambaru of Haysville, KS and  12 great grandchildren: Rex, Tucker, Mallory, Tyson, Tanner, Trenton, Eleana, and Reese.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 26, 2016 at First Baptist Church in Newton with Pastor Chip Bungard presiding. The family wishes to invite their church family to join them for a lunch and fellowship prior to the service at NOON in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday evening at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Restlawn Gardens of Memory Newton.


Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.




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8 thoughts on “Ethelyn Branum

  1. Thinking of all of you during this time. Blessings and memories to all of your family. Hugs.

  2. I didn’t have the pleasure to meet Ethelyn but I can see from this that she was a loving and giving family person. I bet she loved her life. Her sons and family will miss her greatly but she will be sending them all her love from her special place in the heavens above. Lessie’s mom, Kathy

  3. Mom’s never ending love for us is such a huge part of what makes life special. We are blessed to have had her on loan from heaven all these years. She is treasure in our hearts forever.

  4. Dear Scotty, Alan, Larry and family, Please know that you all are in our prayers as you experience the temporary separation from your mom. She was truly a special lady who lived her faith in Jesus. Due to circumstances beyond our control Linda and I will be in Kansas City on Thursday and Friday so we won’t be able to greet you personally. But please know that we will be lifting you all up in prayer.

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