Sue Austin Branch

11 octobre 192919 septembre 2020

Sue Austin Branch died peacefully on Saturday, September 19, 2020, less than a month short of her 91st birthday. She was exactly where she wanted to be- in her home in Austin, Texas, in the bed she had slept in since 1951, her daughter Susan at her side.

Sue was born October 11, 1929, the sixth and final child of Thomas and Ida Irene “Susie” Austin in Ireland, Texas. After graduating from Evant High School at the age of 16, Sue began working full time as a courier, then a bookkeeper, a secretary, and finally achieving a masterful knowledge of the mortgage banking industry. In 1971, she became the first female Vice President of Lumberman’s Investment Corporation in Austin, eventually a V.P. of Temple Inland Corporation and Guaranty Bank. She retired at the age of 78 in 2008.

In 1951, Sue married Ben Hal Branch, and she treasured the 38 years they had together before his death in 1989. She gave birth to their only child, Susan, in 1963.

Sue will be remembered lovingly for her wry humor, her generosity to family, friends and the arts, her faith, her strength and humanity, and for her many colorful expressions that inspired laughter even in the toughest of times. Most recently, she felt “Like I have been drug backassward through a brushheap and beaten in the face with a buzzard gut.”

She was predeceased by her husband Ben Hal Branch, her parents, her sisters Charlie Mays, Irlada Pagel and Kathryn Austin, and brothers Robert Austin and Travis Austin.

Sue is survived by her daughter Susan Branch Towne and her son-in-law Robert Towne, her niece Leslie Irons, and her great nephews Andrew Troup and Alexander Troup and his family, as well as countless beloved friends, former colleagues, and her most precious miniature poodle Mr. B.

A private service will be held at 10:00 am Friday, September 25, 2020. The service will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/WCFFunerals.



Sue Austin Branch


Lloyd Wilson

29 septembre , 2020

We treasured the time we were able to spend with Mrs. Branch. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this very special family.

Caitlin, Lloyd, Patty, and the Sonder Team

David Lyle Carver

25 septembre , 2020

Never in a million years did I think I would fall in love with my best friend's parents .... but I did.
When I first met Sue, she was a bit intimidating to this 14 year old, but hangin out at the Branch's was the best (FOOD). I had so many great times with Susan, Mama Branch, and Ben Hal (Dr. Super-Daddy) Branch. She became my mentor, my boss, my Mom's best girlfriend, my refuge and confidant and above all else my friend. As the years went by and I moved away from Austin, any trip back always included a trip to 2608 Loyola Lane... the place where it was forever 1980 and I found it was so comforting. Her hair may have turned grayer and her back arching more, but her essence never changed. How I needed that so.
Now, I know that Daddy Ben is finally escorting his "child bride", showin her the ropes, embarrassing her to which she slaps him on the shoulder and replies, "Oh, Ben!" All the dogs are around and she just got a good scald on her first batch of chicken & dumplings. And that is truly a great thing.
I hope to live a life with that much integrity, spunk, intelligence, authenticity, and unconditional love.
Right now there is a hole in my heart, but soon love will seal it with all my memories and there are thousands.
Mama Branch, thank you for being such a influential figure in my life and for loving me.
And Susan and Bob; our love carries us on into our future.
PS: I can still forge her signature if you need me to!

Liz Long

23 septembre , 2020

I worked for Sue at LIC when I was in my 20's and she was in her 40's - in the dog days of Tipper and Tipper Junior.

I should have heeded her advice about suffering fools in real time, but eventually I did learn. Learning the intricacies of the secondary mortgage market from her was easier, and one of the best things to ever happen to me. It gave me a leg up at every job I ever had.

I remember how she loved to laugh and loved to cook, almost as much as she loved to talk about Ben and Susan. I still use her two cheese ball recipes. Very old pieces of paper that I cherish.

What a lady - what a life.

Wendy Baila DeAngelis

23 septembre , 2020

When I think of Mama Branch, having met her twice, I see extraordinary strength, her unique braided hair crown, sharp clear eyes that keenly let you know she didn’t miss a moment, and a fierce woman of great accomplishment who would do anything in the world for her beloved daughter. A strong, smart, beautiful woman, having raised a strong, smart and beautiful woman. Susan, I honor your daughter and mother bond as I honor your mother’s memory. May you find comfort in knowing that you took care of her as she took care of you.

Stephen Carver

22 septembre , 2020

Mama Branch.

Mama Branch wasn't just Susan's mama...she was everyone's mama. Susan shared her with so many friends growing up. I will forever remember her charity and kindness, her warm and loving smiles, her wackadoodle sense of humor and turning of a phrase, her food, and most importantly, her love. Her love for Susan, her love for Daddy Ben, and her love for all who came into her sphere. I was lucky enough as a youngster to be in that sphere and be showered with her love, support, strength, and decency. Oh, and she made an amazing chocolate cake that is, to this day, still my favorite cake of all time.

'To know her is the love her' is the absolute truth when it comes to Mama Branch. While she is missed, her influence will forever be remembered with love.

Arthur Gregg

22 septembre , 2020

So sorry for your loss. I only knew Mama Branch through you and from that I knew she was AMAZING! She raised an amazing and caring daughter. They say that apples don't fall far from trees. Praying for you and your family.


21 septembre , 2020

Sue Branch was an amazing woman and I will always be grateful for her, because I am where I am today in my career because of her. Sue hired me shortly out of college at Lumbermen's Investment Corporation and I worked for her for many years and learned so much from one of the smartest women I knew. I will always remember when I traveled with Sue, she was always pulled aside at security check because the light would beep and they would have to search her due to her back brace. You would look over and see this petite little woman being searched and she would always laugh about it. I looked forward to getting my Christmas card every year with her picture and Mr. B and will truly miss receiving those cards. I have so many memories of Sue and will always have a special place in my heart for her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love you Mrs. Branch.