Laura Renee Branton

December 7, 1949November 15, 2020

Laura “Renee” Ladd Branton December 7, 1949 – November 15, 2020

Laura “Renee” Ladd Branton, 70, of Conway, was born on December 7, 1949 to Lola Mae Buhrmester Ladd and the late Nelson B. Ladd Jr. in Jonesboro, AR, went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 15, 2020. She was a Florence Mattison school teacher from August 1993 until her retirement on May 20, 2013, where the teachers, staff, administration, and students were more like family to her. Ms. Branton was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Conway where she was a member of the Forum Sunday School Class for 32 years. Ms. Branton’s greatest achievement, in addition to her children, was beating Ovarian Cancer for 12 years with strength, courage, grace, an unwavering belief in the Lord; always with a positive attitude, a little humor, a slight stubbornness, and so many friends and family by her side. Ms. Branton is survived by her daughter Michelle Branton (Tommy) Lee, of Franklin, TN; Son, Scott Nelson (Kara) Branton of Greenwood, AR; Mother, Lola Mae Buhrmester Ladd of Heber Springs, AR; Sister Nelda Mae Ladd Connell of Brownsville TN; and her five grandchildren, who loved and adored their Omie beyond words, Mackenzie Paige Lee, Mason Brody Lee, Conner Ladd Branton, Parker Russell Branton, and Tyler Nelson Branton. Ms. Branton is preceded in death by her father, Nelson B. Ladd Jr. A memorial service for Ms. Branton will be held on Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 pm in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Conway with Dr. Michael Roberts officiating. In lieu of flowers or gifts a memorial contribution can be made to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (ORCA) in our sweet mom’s name.



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    Sunday, November 22, 2020

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November 21, 2020

In loving memory of Laura Renee Branton, May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. You are truly loved and missed. A great legacy you leave, as one of the most caring teachers with which I’ve had the chance work. My years with you at Mattison were some of my best. We worked late and took walks together. We made handcrafted goodies for our kiddos, of which yours always looked WAY better than mine! May comfort and peace be with your family, as well!

Betsy Smith

November 17, 2020

I have known Renee since she went to work at Florence Mattison. She was a very wonderful lady. She will be missed greatly. I remember her smiling face. My prayers are with her family.

Gayla Chapman

November 17, 2020

Renee and I worked together for 10 years at FMI. I was the Speech Therapist there. We were the same age, she was 4 days older and I teased her about that!!!
We both got sick with what we thought was bronchitis. I went to Dr, but Renee did not want to miss school. I threatened to tell Mr. Nelson, then she went to the Dr. Only to find out she had Stage 4 Cancer. She was extremely I'll then, and we worried she might not make it.
After trying to work with chemo and being very fatigued, I encouraged her to retire. So we both retired at the same time.
After retirement, we often talked, and ate out. I witnessed her constant struggle with treatment and the terrible affects. Always positive.
I loved her dearly, and will miss her. She was a special lady!!! God Bless

Philip & Alice Glover

November 17, 2020

I worked with Renee for several years at Florence Maddison She was a joy to be around and I feel blessed to have known her. Our Prayers are with the family.
Philip And Alice Glover

Wayne Shipman

November 16, 2020

Mrs branton is one of the most kindest person on earth I was blessed to be her custodian and she was always working and so kind always had that same spirit she hired me to do some Painting one time and as I was working she started painting to and I said I think I'm gona have to pay you always smiling, she is at peace and we pray that the lord will comfort the family in this time of need

Joyce Norton

November 16, 2020

Michelle and Scott—
We were so saddened to hear of your moms passing. She was an amazing teacher and an amazing lady. Loved her sweet spirit and bright outlook. She truly fought a good fight. You were blessed to have her as your mom and we were blessed to call her friend. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Joe and Joyce Norton.


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