Elma Christine Howard Family 1922

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Elma Christine Howard was born August 20, 1922 in Starks, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
She was the daughter of William Asa Howard, Jr. and Cynthia Ashworth.

She died January 4, 2013 in Starks, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana and
was buried in the Babe Clark Cemetery in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana.

She married Simon Eugene Braneff, Sr July 6, 1939 in Orange, Orange County, Texas.

Children of Elma Christine Howard and Simon Eugene Braneff, Sr are:

  • A son, Simon Eugene Braneff, Jr was born March 26, 1940.
  • A son, Albert Lynn Braneff was born September 19, 1944.
  • A son, an infant son Braneff was born August 1, 1945.
  • Elma Christine Braneff, 90, died Friday, January 4, 2013, in a local care center.

    She was a lifelong resident of Starks and was very active member of First Baptist Church of Starks where she served in several offices. Christine enjoyed crocheting, and traveling, having visited the Holy Land four times as well as several group bus trips.

    Survivors include her four sons and one daughter-in-law; two daughters and one son-in-law; one sister and husband of Dallas, Texas; twenty-one grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

    She is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Simon Braneff; step-daughter, Margaret Ruth Wales; siblings, Lenora Howard, Maureen Howard, Winfred Howard, Wilfred Howard, Wesley Howard, Herbert Howard, James Willis Howard, Prentice Howard; grandson, Shon Holden Braneff; and great-granddaughter, Christian Leigh Perkins.

    Her funeral was Sunday, January 6, in First Baptist Church of Starks. The Rev. Glenn Wagnon officiated. Burial followed in Clark Cemetery in Fields.

    Story as told to Freda Burks, Mary Peterson, Maurine Howard and Lucille Ellis on 10/13/1996 by Christine Braneff as to how she and Simon married:

    In 1939, while only 16 years of age, Christine Howard was with Simon Braneff in Port Arthur visiting Ira and Gracie Braneff (his uncle and aunt). Christine and Simon headed back to Starks, but their car broke down. Bluett Clark picked them up and took them to Sini's on Saturday, July 3. They left that day and went to visit Simon's sister Susie in DeQuincey and stayed with her that night.

    On Monday morning Simon and Christine carried Uncle Reese to DeRidder to get his commodities, then left Sini's Monday night to go to Port Arthur. Opal Berwick went with them to Ira and Gracie's. Simon went to his longshoreman's job in Beaumont on Tuesday morning, and after work that afternoon, Eunice Malone took them to Orange to get their license and get married. They were married at the Baptist church in West Orange. Wednesday morning, Frank drove the couple back to Starks and told Christine's daddy about the marriage. Her daddy said he could make them get the marriage annulled, but it wouldn't do him any good.

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