Louise C. Branstead
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Louise Crafts Branstead was born in 1914, in the oil mining town of Reward, CA, the child of John Henry and Elizabeth Hubbard Crafts. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1935 then traveled and worked in New York City for 2 years. Upon her return to San Francisco, California she married Robert Beeson Branstead. In 1942 they moved to Portland Oregon and later with Bob's promotion to Washington DC, they moved to Bethesda, MD. Louise and Bob were prize winning chrysanthemum growers and national judges. Bob created a new Chrysanthemum and named it Lavender Lou in Louise' honor. Louise pioneered the development of bonsai mums. She served as the administrative manager for the David Taylor Naval Research laboratory in Carderock, MD for several years. She was an avid bridge player all her life. After her husband's death, Louise moved back to Walnut Creek, CA for 10 years and then to Atlanta, GA for 15 years. Louise lived in Clemson Down Healthcare Center since 2010. She died peacefully at the age of 97. She will be lovingly remembered by her family including two daughters: Elizabeth Branstead, Clemson and Patricia Branstead, Denver , CO.; five grandchildren: Sara and husband Wayne Sarasua, Clemson; Steven and wife Sisi Moir, Charlotte, NC; Christina and husband John Harjehausen, Easley, SC; Drew Ganyer, Los Angeles, CA; Reed Ganyer, Avon, CO. She has seven great-grandchildren and two nieces. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Interim Hospice, 155 Deacon Tiller Court, Duncan, SC 29334 (www.interimcares.com) or Silent Unity, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065-0001 (1-800-669-7729, www.silentunity.org). Woodlawn Funeral Home, Greenville www.woodlawn-fh.com
Published in The Greenville News on Apr. 7, 2012