Jodie Girland Branstetter, 94, of Middletown, passed away at 11:10 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Golden Living Center/Gamma Road Lodge in Wellsville, where she had resided since July of 2006.
Visitation was held from 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, January 1 at the Myers Funeral Home in Middletown.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 2 at the Middletown Christian Church. The Rev. Dan Sites and the Rev. William Thompson officiated. Serving as pianist will be Deb Quamby.
Burial took place at the Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown. Serving as pallbearers were Rod Allision, Larry Healy, Ken Kellogg, Vince Logan, Jim Nutter, and Ivan Wineinger.
Mrs. Branstetter was born April 7, 1919, in Middletown, Mo., a daughter of Joseph Girland and Annie Frozine Belot Graham.
Girland was a 1937 graduate of Middletown High School.
On November 21, 1943, in Middletown, Mo., she married Harold Andrew Branstetter. He preceded her in death on July 31, 1979.
Girland was a lifelong resident of Middletown. She was a member of the Middletown Christian Church, where she was church organist for many years and also played for numerous funerals.
Girland had also held many offices within the church.
She had been the City Clerk for Middletown from 1962-1992.
Girland had also worked for Middletown Chips and later became correspondent for the Montgomery Standard. After Girland entered Gamma Road Lodge, she then wrote the news articles for the nursing home. Girland and her husband, Harold, also owned Phillip’s 66 Service Station in Middletown.
Girland was a member of Middletown Garden Club, Fairmount Cemetery Association and several other civic groups in Middletown.
She was a historian and journalist, documenting family history but also town history. Girland was a frequent blood donor for the American Red Cross, giving over eight gallons. She was a volunteer for the Montgomery County Senior Center. Girland enjoyed organizing class reunions for the Class of 1937.
Girland is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Ross and Cherylyn Branstetter, of Jefferson City, and Dale Rex and Mary Sue Branstetter, of Pinckney, Mich.; grandchildren and spouses, Ryan Andrew and Megan Branstetter, of St. Joseph, Tiffany Joy and Patrick VanDeHey, of Wyandotte, Mich., and Tammy Ann and John Lockwood, of Lansing, Mich.; step-grandchildren, Timothy and Brittany Breedlove, of Webb City, and Kara and Lenny Johnson, of Galena, Kan.; great-grandchildren, Hailey June Branstetter, of St. Joseph and Mallory, Maxwell and Maverick Lockwood, of Lansing, Mich.; step great-grandchildren, Layton, Makenzie and Keegan Breedlove, of Joplin and Logan, Emersen and Gannon Johnson, of Galena, Kansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold Andrew Branstetter and sister, Dorcas Beatrice Graham.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Fairmount Cemetery Association c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, Mo. 63384. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.myersfuneralhome.biz.