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       On September 7, 2004 Elizabeth Branch-Evans entered into eternal rest at the Delaire Nursing and Convalescent Center of Linden, New Jersey. She was born on May 5, 1918 to the late Carrie and Joseph Houston in Salisbury NC. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Linwood Branch and Charles Evans, and daughter, Starr Glenn. While residing in Far Rockaway, NY, she became an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. Elizabeth was a very spiritual person. She enjoyed reading her bible and attending church.
       She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. For several years, Elizabeth opened her heart and home to four foster children. She will always be remembered for her stylish manner of dress and her love of hats and shoes. She enjoyed traveling. She was able to visit such places as Hawaii, Bermuda, Canada, and San Francisco.
       She leaves to cherish her memories: daughters – Bernice Phillips of Richmond, VA, Linda Keyes of Cocoa, FL and devoted daughter, Gail Thornton of Avenel, NJ; one son-in-law, Richard Thornton; two sisters – Josie Duncan of Chicago, IL and Louise Moore of Salisbury, NC; four grandchildren – Lavarne and Eric Williams, Darnell Whitehead, and Darren Phillips; and six great-grandchildren – Layla Williams, Startia, Jasmine and Daryn Nicole Phillips, Jenny Wright, and Kerry Hartley; six sisters-in-law – Thelma Branch, Carrie Richardson, Marion Miller, Marjorie Keyes, Tessie Bates and Burlean Harris; four brothers-in-law – Andrew Branch, Ralph Keyes, Floyd Bates and Robert Harris and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. 

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The Home Beyond

We feel so sad when those we love
Are called to live in the home above.
But why should we grieve when they say goodbye
And go to dwell in a cloudless sky?
For they have but gone to prepare the way,
And we’ll meet them again some happy day.
For God has told us that nothing can sever
A life He created to live forever.
So let God’s promise soften our sorrow
And give us new strength for a brighter tomorrow.

The Family

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