Mrs. Mildred A Branson

February 11, 1930July 10, 2020

Mildred Ashley Branson, 90, died peacefully on July 10, 2020, in Pontotoc, Mississippi. Born February 11, 1930, she was the daughter of the late David Cicero Ashley and Gladys Atkins Ashley of Copiah County. She married Joseph William Branson in 1959 and was a longtime resident of Clinton. She was preceded in death by her four siblings and husband.

Survivors include her children, Mary Ellen Sullivan (Tommy) of Canton, Joann Cunningham (Mike) of Belden, and Carl Branson (Rene’) of Southaven; eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and two sisters-in-law, Betty Ashley of Hazlehurst and Catherine Parker of Milton, Florida. Her grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Mrs. Branson was a wonderful wife and mother. She enjoyed sewing and helped many in the community with her sewing talents. She also enjoyed gardening.

Mrs. Branson was a member of First Baptist Church in Clinton. She was active in the Hinds County Volunteer Homemakers Club, the Mount Salus Garden Club, and was a supporter and volunteer for the Clinton Community Nature Center and the Clinton Community Christian Corporation.

The graveside service will be held Monday, July 13, 2020 at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery in Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made to Clinton Community Nature Center or The Baptist Children’s Village.

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Catherine Branson Parker

July 18, 2020

To my Mississippi family—Mary Ellen and Tommy, Joann and Mike, Carl and Rene, and their children: you all know that my brother, Joe, was my hero from the day I was born. When he chose your mother, Mildred, it was a perfect match in so many ways: he had a wealth of knowledge and skills, and she was a kind, practical, resourceful woman who mentored so many people and helped them to be their best. My family is so sorry for the loss of your mother—May the best memories of her always live in your hearts.

Lynn Starnes

July 13, 2020

Mary Ellen, Joann and Carl, Newton and I are praying for your sweet families as you go forth in your earthly life without MiMi. Aunt MiMi was a true lady that loved her family and friends. I had MANY enjoyable and educational times with her. So often through the years I have relied on the things ( cooking, sewing and gardening) that she took the time to show me.
Memories are a good thing and she certainly gave us all plenty! Hold them near and dear. Love you all and prayers are said for you.

Joe Mellon

July 13, 2020

So sorry to learn of Mildred's passing. Many good memories of the Branson family during our days at St. Marys and all of the visits at her house when I would have sewing done. She loved company and always hated to see her visitors leave. Don't see how she kept up with the neighborhood news so well but she did.

Kay Middleton

July 13, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss I know Aunt MiMi was one of a kind so intelligent and loved . I can remember how she loved to see and boy was her Caramel Cakes would just melt in your mouth always loved going to Clinton and visiting with her and Uncle Joe as a child and aldult. Thank You Lord for giving us Aunt MiMi ❤️ she was a true Lady.

Stacy Riley

July 13, 2020

Dear, sweet, honest and sincere Mrs. Branson! What a treasure you and Mrs. Virgie were to me when we first moved back to the neighborhood. You shared so much insight and wisdom, requested or not, but always timely and, albeit later, appreciated. One of Eric’s favorite memories is picking blueberries early in the morning with you. Jordan came home on more than a few occasions after helping you in the yard dumbfounded at your tenacity combined with your age. You were an awesome example in every way for me and the boys. You were very loved by us.

Velma Wilkie

July 12, 2020

We enjoyed knowing you in our years in clinton. You were a good neighbor.
Velma and Brenda Wilkie
Linda Day


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