Lydia Alice Braun

May 14, 1930 – November 20, 2021

Lydia Alice Braun, 91, of Loogootee, formerly of Shoals died peacefully on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at the Martin County Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.  

She was born May 14, 1930, in Martin County to Elmer and Rachel Crites Howell and was raised by foster parents Henry and Stella Qualkenbush of Shoals.

Lydia graduated from Shoals High School with the class of 1948 where she was a charter member of the National Beta Club, having joined in October of 1946. She was a homemaker and worked four years as secretary for Sherfick Manufacturing Company in Shoals.

She married Cleo Braun on June 10th, 1950 and he preceded her in death on March 15, 2008.

She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Braun, of Loogootee, a son Jerry Braun and wife Sherri of Shoals, a grandson Jeremy Braun and wife Allison, three great-granddaughters, Aryonna, Avaley, and Acelyn Braun all of Loogootee.

She is also survived by a brother Richard Howell and wife Dorothy, of Shoals, and a brother-in-law Harrod Grove of Bloomington Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, foster parents, three brothers Gordon, Ellis, and Roy Howell, and three sisters, Catherine Winkler, Dorothy Grove, and Alma who died in infancy.

Lydia was a member of the Shoals Senior Citizens and was an active member of the Jug Rox Grandmothers club for 27 years. She was a lover of animals and belonged to the Martin County Humane Society.

Lydia like to read, watch TV, and loved gardening and yardwork. She was known for her cooking. She loved animals and most of all loved her family.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24th at the Queen-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Shoals. Pastor Matt Sullivan will officiate. The burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23rdr and from 9:00 a.m. until the service hour on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Martin County Humane Society.

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