Olga Narcisa Branson
October 29, 1935 – September 13, 2018
Olga Branson-Guevara, born October 29th, 1935, in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, passed away peacefully in her home, in Katy, TX, surrounded by her family on the morning of September 13th, 2018. She was the daughter of Manuel and Isabel Guevara and the oldest of nine children.
Throughout her childhood, Olga spent much of her time learning how to maintain a home while assisting her mother raise her eight younger siblings. She was always very involved in the local community, was a famed radio singer and even crowned Queen in her hometown.
She began working in the main office of Mene Grande (Gulf Oil Company) at the age of 17 and met her husband a few years later. Olga and Cecil married in the Catholic Church in 1957. They went on to raise their four children, Mary Isabel, Jacqueline Louise, Ann Cecilia, and Charles Henry throughout Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, before settling in Orlando and then in the Houston area.
She was the matriarch of the family and took great joy every Christmas in preparing over one hundred Hallacas for all her children to fight over. Olga was also an avid gardener and took pride in maintaining her yard and flowers, but her greatest accomplishment is the endless and selfless love she shared for everyone around her.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Cecil Hubert Branson Jr. of 61 years. She will always be remembered for her easy smile, contagious laugh and beautiful personality.
A memorial service will be on Saturday, the 6th of October 2018, at Katy Funeral Home (23350 Kingsland Blvd) at 3:00 PM, with a reception to follow 4:00-6:00 PM.
- Memorial Service Saturday, October 6, 2018
- Catered Reception Saturday, October 6, 2018
Olga Narcisa Branson
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October 6, 2018
Where to begin with this mystical person.
I first met Olga through Phillipe when I was in college. Often when together, Phillipe would share the wisdom Cecil taught and talked about the devoted sweetness of his lovely grandmother. By the time I met the two of them, I felt like I was already close to them, through stories from Phillipe. Little did I know, not only was the nearness mutual from the Bransons to me, but I would soon love these people dearly.
When Olga and Cecil moved back to Katy from Florida, they by luck, moved onto my parents's street. This meant that I was going to see Olga much more frequently. Every time I'd visit, I'd ensure to visit on an empty stomach because I knew one thing for sure, Olga would make certain I would not leave hungry. Furthermore, she would make sure I would not even lift up a pitcher to pour my own drink. She ran the kitchen, the service, and the house. So much of her spirit of service, openness, family, values, thoughtfulness, and faith are constituted to her children and down to her grandchildren.
Olga reminds me very much of my own grandmother. Cecilia, too of my mother. Phillip, that of a brother. It's no surprise when visiting Cecilia in Sayulita, it was as if I was with my own mother. It's because of Olga's spirit and love that Phillipe and I became such good friends and I am forever thankful for that.
I'll never forget the mental image that Phillipe shared only a few years ago. It was a hot day and Phil was getting ready to cut the grass. They at the same time needed to make a trip to the store to pick up some steaks so Olga asked Phillipe to run to the store with Cecil. Upon return, Phillipe saw his grandmother mowing the lawn, almost finished, in a dress, hair and makeup done, in the heat of the day.
Olga represents service, love, family, loyalty and elegance. I see all of that in Phillipe, Sophia and Max.
Thank you Olga for making the world shine and a better place.
Your family is always family to mine.
October 6, 2018
Dear Cecilia and Branson Family:
My heart goes out to you and your family.
I have fond remembrances of Mrs. Branson. Cecilia and I met when the Branson family moved to River Plantation and lived on the same street as our family. We became friends and our families got to know each other.
When I think of Mrs. Branson, I will remember a beautiful lady, with stylish clothes, charm, and a lovely accent. She was warm and hospitable. She was affectionate with her children and was a devoted wife.
I will always remember her calling out for her daughter to come home for dinner...Cecilia...Ceeeeciiilia! Her melodic voice called out in the neighborhood and Cecilia would head home.
Together, with her husband, she raised a wonderful daughter - my long time friend, Cecilia.
Now, I send my love and prayers to my friend and her family.
September 28, 2018
What a precious soul no longer in human form but an angel watching over her family. I will always remember her beauty, smile, contagious giggle and spunk. I enjoyed our times when we double dated, finding a bond with our traveling spouses. Her face would glow as she catered to others.
Her shine will be missed. God be with the family, may you hold dear to the fond memories.
Sonia O'Docharty Tersigne
September 21, 2018
Dearest Cecilia and family, I have fond memories of your sweet mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. All our love, Sonia & Mike
Sharon Moshiri (Meyers)
September 18, 2018
I always remember Mrs. Branson in the River Plantation days with a big beautiful smile across her face even when her four children (and when I was there five) were going in every which direction as fast as they could, but there she was... smiling! I have no doubt that smile is still shining brightly. Rest in peaceful slumber Mrs. Branson. To the family, my heartfelt thoughts and condolences.
Ann Cecilia Branson Salanova
September 18, 2018
I love you Mommy.