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Sarah Jane Branstetter

Sarah Jane Branstetter, 87, of Louisiana died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at Lynn’s Heritage House in Louisiana.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Friday at Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Jimmy Spears officiated. Burial was in Jordan-Buffalo Cemetery.

Visitation was from 9 a.m., until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

She was born Dec. 6, 1929 in Louisiana, the daughter of Homer Earl and Nina Edwards Reed. She married Duey “Dude” Branstetter June 6, 1956 in Piedmont. He survives.

Other survivors include one daughter, Debbie Branstetter Hunter and husband, Dr. David “Rob” Hunter; a granddaughter, Lauren Frances Hunter, all of Fulton; one brother, John Allen Reed, Mary of Eolia; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Nina Edwards Reed; two brothers, Homer “Bud” Reed and Kenneth Reed and one sister who died at a young age.

Sarah Jane graduated from the Louisiana High School in 1947. She attended Christian College for two years then transferred to the University of Missouri where she earned her master’s degree in music education.

She began her career in teaching at Troy where she taught Music from 1951-56. She later taught at BONCL for a couple of years before teaching in the Louisiana School system until she retired in 1990. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Louisiana.

Pallbearers were Galen Johnson, Carroll Schnitzer, Ed Pennington, John Murray, Denny Deweese, and Mark Shade.

Memorials may be given to the First Christian Church, c/o Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Dr., Louisiana, MO 63353.

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