Elizabeth Ann Brannigan Spruce Pine - Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Brannigan, 88, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, October 10, 2016. Betty was born on February 28, 1928, in Mohawk, New York, the daughter of Earl Kenneth and Ethel Marguerite (Schaufler) Palmer. On July 18, 1947, she married the love of her life, James Edward Brannigan, Sr. Together they had six children: Christina, John, James, Thomas, Robert and Jeff. Betty was a wonderful wife, devoted mother and family and friends were her love and joy. She was an active member of the community. She loved to volunteer at the local hospital (BRRH) and at Hospice of Mitchell County. She was a woman of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ's love. She was a member of the St. Lucien Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her son, Bobby; her parents, Earl and Ethel; her brothers, John and Bob; and her sister, Margaret. She was deeply loved by her survivors; daughter, Chris and sons, John, Jim, Tom and Jeff. She had 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her brother, Ken and wife, Sharon; and many, nieces, nephews, and friends. There will be a funeral Mass and celebration of her life at St. Lucien Catholic Church, on Saturday, October 15 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Betty Brannigan to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.
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