Melanie M. Brannock
CAMBRIDGE - Melanie Malkus Brannock passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at UMSMC at Easton. Born on May 1, 1949 in Cambridge, she was a daughter of the late Ann Reid Hurley and Theodore E. "Ted" Malkus. Melanie attended the local schools and graduated from Cambridge High School with the class of 1967. She was then married to Barry L. Smith and maintained a lifelong special relationship with him. Melanie was later accepted into the nursing program at McQueen Gibbs Nursing School and successfully completed her LPN. On April 9, 1977 she married Charles Robert "Bob" Brannock and they were married for 37 years. Bob died July 22, 2014. Before retiring, Melanie worked as an Administrative Assistant for the County Court System. She was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ, Quota Club and as a young child she took great pride as being a member of the 4H Club. Melanie was an avid reader, she loved to cook and was known to be a "great cook". Going to the local Dairy Queen and getting her (old fashioned DQ coke) was a highlight in her life. She enjoyed traveling and most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Melanie was loved by all who knew her as a soft spoken "Lady of Class". She will truly be missed by all. Preceding her in death, besides her parents and husband, was a sister, Carol Prahl; and step-mother, Anne Malkus. Surviving her are daughters, Mindy Smith, Shay Smith and Leeanne Young (John); sisters, Debi M. Book (Jay) and Candy R. Elzey; brothers, Patrick W. Malkus (Lisa) and Michael D. Elzey (Charlotte); grandchildren, Jerry, Shawn and Ethan Carmine, Brooke Miller, Ashley, John Lee and Ian Young; three great-grandchildren; step-father, Allen Hurley; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at the Immanuel United Church of Christ, 5401 Whitehall Road, Cambridge, beginning 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Dale Krotee officiating. Burial will follow at Old Trinity Churchyard, Church Creek. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Melanie's name can be sent to YMCA - Bob Brannock Endowment Fund, 201 Talbot Ave., Cambridge, MD 21613, or Immanuel United Church of Christ, 5401 Whitehall Road, Cambridge, MD 21613. Arrangements entrusted to Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge. To share online condolences with the family, please visit www.newcombcollins.com .
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