Mildred Alvena (Branscum) Markle, 88, passed away on January 14, 2013, in Lodi, CA. "Alvena" was born in Fox, Arkansas on February 11, 1924, to William and Alta Branscum and raised in the area of Mountain View, Arkansas. As a young girl, Alvena loved singing and playing guitar in church with her sisters. Alvena was united in marriage with L. C. "Sam" Markle, her loving husband of 70 years, on April 19, 1941. Their union was blessed with three sons, Ron, Gary, and Tony. Alvena moved to Lodi in the early 1940's to be near her sisters while her husband was away serving in W.W. II. Alvena was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Alvena loved family gatherings and being around the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Alvena also loved taking trips to Carmel for relaxing weekends with her husband, Sam. Alvena became a part of the Lodi Ave Baptist Church in the early fifties and was active in the church and in raising her family up in the church. Alvena's favorite scripture was Psalm 23 and her uplifting hymn was the popular "How Great Thou Art". Alvena resided at the Vienna Nursing Home where she has been well taken care of. She loved the church services and music presentations. Alvena was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Markle; parents; two sisters, Audry LaRoe of Lodi and Geneva Harkov of Lodi; brother, Lora Leon Branscum of Mountain View, Arkansas; son, Tony Markle of Lodi; and grandson, Scott Markle of Lodi. Alvena is survived by her son, Ron Markle and wife, Patricia; son, Gary Markle and wife, Robyn; grandchildren, William Markle, Nicole Brucker, Joshua Markle, Kallie Tanaka, and Kasaundra Brager; great-grandchildren, Claire and Thomas Brucker, Takeo and Emiko Tanaka, Theo and Winter Markle, and Hayden Brager; and a host of family and church friends who will miss her dearly. Friends are invited to visit Sunday, January 20, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Lodi Funeral Home. A service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, January 21, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be in Alvena's honor to Lodi Avenue Baptist Church at 2301 Lodi, Ave., Lodi, CA 95242. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 17 to Jan. 24, 2013