December 20, 2018


Elsie Branch Crain
December 29, 1923 - December 19, 2018

Elsie Branch Crain passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Slidell Memorial Hospital at the age of 94. She was born on December 29, 1923 in Walthall County Mississippi.

She was a long-time member of Union Heritage Baptist Church in Bogalusa, LA.

Those left behind to cherish her memory include her son, Larry (Zoraida) Payne of Houston, TX, two daughters, Lavene (William) Stogner of Franklinton, LA and Faye (George) Kitchens of Bentonville, AR; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Doyle Crain; her parents, Oscar and Danie Branch; her daughter, Myrna Fortenberry; four brothers, Rev. Enos Branch, Willis Branch, Ottis Branch, and Lavelle Branch. She is also preceded by her two sisters, Mamie McBeth and Susie Taylor.

Service celebrating Mrs. Crain’s life will be on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Union Heritage Baptist Church in Bogalusa, LA. Family will receive friends at 9:30 A.M. Visitation will continue until service begins at 1:00 P.M. Bro. Joseph Porter will officiate. Interment to follow at Centerville Baptist Church cemetery in Walthall County Mississippi. Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home in Bogalusa, LA has been entrusted with Mrs. Crain’s arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to please be made to Union Heritage Baptist Church.

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