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Arabella Bracken

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Arabella "Belle"Starr Bracken, 97, of Brentwood, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Washington, N.C. Belle was the daughter of the late Susan Hoey and Charles Hyatt Starr, formerly of McKeesport; and the loving wife of the late Harry Oliver Bracken. She is survived by her two children, Charles H. Bracken II (Virginia Price) and Susan S. Bracken, all of Chocowinity, N.C.; and her four grandchildren, Kelly Bracken Tait (Andrew), of Doylestown, Kristen Bracken Cheney (Kasey), of West Grove, Timothy Bracken Milligan (Elizabeth), of Melrose, Mass., and Kate Milligan Tucci (Christopher), of Tiffin, Ohio. She was "Grandma Belle" to seven great-grandchildren, Conor and Morgan Tait, Cole and Keira Cheney, Hyatt Tucci and Zachary and Lucy Milligan; sister of the late Charles Hyatt Starr Jr. and the late Homer Hoey Starr; and sister-in-law of Minnidell Miller Starr and Audrey Bracken Urling. Arabella Starr, a ninth generation Arabella, was born and raised in McKeesport. She received her elementary teaching certificate from the State Teachers College at Indiana, Pa., at the age of 19. In 1940, she married Harry Bracken, the son of one of Brentwood's founders and first solicitor. Belle and Harry loved Brentwood and the oak trees in Colonial Park. Belle helped organize the original Friends of the Brentwood Library while Harry served on the borough's council. After retiring from teaching at Sickman School, Belle devoted herself to the game and rules of golf, the South Hills Country Club and Brentwood Presbyterian Church. She actively participated in the Women's Golf Association of South Hills Country Club and served as a treasurer of the Women's Golf Association of Western Pennsylvania. She played her last nine holes when she was 89. Belle was an elder at Brentwood Presbyterian Church. She worked tirelessly on the care and maintenance of the church's yard and requested that any remembrance honoring her memory be sent to Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 3725 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15227, to help maintain the beauty of the church's grounds. Belle's family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in the Geneva Room of Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 3725 Brownsville Road. A service of witness to the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., in the Church sanctuary. Funeral arrangements are being handled by JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
Published in South Hills Record on Oct. 1, 2013
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