OBITUARY

Dorothy Beatrice Evelyn (Mahan) Branch

September 22, 1948July 8, 2021

Sunrise - September 22, 1948 Sunset – July 8, 2021

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Reflection of Life Dorothy was born in McAlpin, WV September 22, 1948, to the late Vick and Viola Mahan. Dorothy also known as “Dot” or “Beatty”, graduated from Mark Twain High School, in Stotesbury, WV at the early age of 16. Following graduation she relocated to Washington, DC where she worked as an Au pair for a family friend. From DC she moved back to WV and attended West Virginia State where she received her bachelor's degree in social work. Before graduating college, she married Jerry Branch and resided in Institute WV. After graduation they relocated to Detroit, MI where she worked as an administrator for a doctor's office. The marriage was dissolved, and she relocated to Columbus OH and worked as a Social Worker Supervisor for the Franklin County Welfare Department, until she left due to her disability.

After residing in Columbus for 20 plus years and a quick stay in Atlanta she made WV her final resting place where she lived independently with her dog “Pincher”. Dorothy attended St. Matthews AME in Beckley under the teaching of Reverend Debbie Smoot.

Dorothy was proceeded in death by her ex-husband Jerry Branch, six siblings, Henrietta Mimms, Lavera Robertson, James Mahan, Deloris Thomas, Milton Mahan, and Russell Mahan. She leaves behind to cherish her memory: One sister, Gladys Mahan of Columbus OH, one brother, Cecil Mahan of Wilson, NC, Stepdaughter, Lisa (Kevin) Dixon and two step grandchildren of GA. A host of beloved nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Special Friendships: Benjamin & Charleen McKoy, Anthony & Rebecca Hancock, Cindy Brooks, David and Melissa Harris, Pastor Michael Barringer, Carolyn Webster, Tasha Huff, Lois Solomon, and Barbara Sowell.

Special Thanks: Genesis Home Health, Fresenius Dialysis Clinic, Bower Hospice House and the Raleigh Center.

Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

Memories

Dorothy Beatrice Evelyn (Mahan) Branch

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Batina Thomas

July 14, 2021

To the family of Ms. Dorothy, sending prayers and condolences. I have known Ms. Dorothy for a long time and she has been such a great friend to our family and extended family. She made my prom dress and all 10 bridesmaids dresses. She was great friends of my parents and helped me when they passed away with some of my children. She told me my father liked her meatloaf and gave me the recipe just a few years ago and followed up to see how it turned out. I can remember that "can" she would use for "girlie' which was hilarious. She loved her family and talked about her grandchildren on our calls. I am sad and will miss you but I am sure you are feeling the best you have in years. Rest Well Ms. Dorothy, love ya. Tina

Lois Solomon

July 13, 2021

Dear Gladys, Lisa and Family,
Your sister and mom welcomed me into a lifelong bond of friendship for over fifty years. I will truly miss her!
‘Dorothy’s memory is our keepsake which we’ll never part.
God has her in his keeping. We have her in our hearts.’
Love,
Lois Solomon

Michael &Bobbi Lynch

July 12, 2021

Condolences to all the family. But our memory with meeting Dorothy was her dog. My husband is a dog lover. But her dog 🐕 wasn’t having any of his kindness. Soon as we set foot in his yard he let us know we where not welcome. He wanted my husband to be his personal chew toy. But he love his mommy……May GOD give you strength during this time.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY