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Mary Grace (Kelly) Branum, 93 of Raytown, MO, passed away, Monday, June 23, 2014. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2014 at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, 9020 E. 51st Terr., Kansas City, MO 64133, with entombment to follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m., until service time Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crossroads Hospice. Mary was born November 28, 1920 in Scammon, KS to Daniel J. and Elizabeth (Walsh) Kelly. She spent her early life in Scammon, graduated from West Mineral H.S., served in the Auxiliary Military Police from 1941 to 1943 before moving to Kansas City. She married Ray Branum on December 29, 1941 who predeceased her in 1990. She served as the administrative assistant for the Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Labor for 33 years before her retirement in 1976. She was a member of the St. Bernadette's Catholic Church. She was beloved wife and homemaker who enjoyed crocheting and doing daily crossword puzzles (in ink!) She made the best apple pie. She was preceded in death by her parents and 3 brothers Francis, Joseph and Daniel. She is survived by 3 nieces, Kathleen Lucchi of Scammon, KS, Mary Cossairt of Columbus, KS, Judy Terry of Baytown TX and nephew Jimmy Dan Kelly of Orange, TX. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Carson-Speaks Chapel (816) 252-7900) Carson-Speaks Funeral Home, 1501 S. Lexington Avenue, Independence, MO 64052, 816-252-7900
Published in Kansas City Star from June 26 to June 27, 2014
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