Ethelyn Fern Branum 88, died Sunday Feb. 21, 2016, at her Newton residence. She was born May 16, 1927, in Hanston, Kansas to Pete W. and Frieda M (Ewy) Bachman.
One brother, Donald Eugene, preceded her in death in 1984. She married Marion Branum on Nov. 21, 1947, in Moundridge, and they made their home in Newton. Marion preceded her in death Aug. 10, 2007.?
She is survived by three sons: Scotty and Denice of Wichita, Alan and Cathy of Wichita, and Larry and Lessie of Ocala, Fla.; grandchildren Travis and Amy Branum of Colby, Lance Branum of Corpus Christi, Texas, Tara and Chase Branum of Ft. Worth, Texas, Amanda and Garret Meller of Wichita, ?and Audra and Nick Arambaru of Haysville; 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, at First Baptist Church in Newton with Pastor Chip Bungard presiding. The family wishes to invite their church family to join them for a lunch and fellowship prior to the service at noon in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home.? Burial will be in Restlawn Gardens of Memory Newton.
Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.