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Anita Branscum

Funeral service for Anita Alene Branscum of Jackson was held Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 12 p.m. at Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau. Burial was at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Arrangements were handled by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Anita, a dearly-loved wife, mother, Nana, sister and friend brightened this world for 77 years. She passed from this life surrounded by loved ones at her home in Jackson on May 4, 2021. Her faith in Christ and her positive outlook characterized her entire life.

Anita was born to Harrison and Athine Toole on August 19, 1943, in Kennett. She was preceded in death by both of her parents and one of her sisters, Barbara Hoffmeister. Her warm and generous spirit will live on and inspire her family, which includes: her devoted husband, Dr. Walter Branscum, daughter, Lynne (Stan) Chapman and children, Andrew and Hannah of Fishers, IN, daughter, Jennifer Turem and children, Audrey and Ryan of Cartersville, GA, son, John (Amy) Hillin and children, Maggie, Lauren and Jack of Cape Girardeau, stepson, Eli (Traci) Branscum and children, Brynnley, Blane and Colby of High Ridge, stepdaughter, Anne (Brandon) Borgfield and children, Ben and Jarrett of Lafayette, LA, sister, Sue (Tommy) Anderson of Counce, TN, sister, Mary Powers of Camden, TN, and brother, Dewayne (Mary) Toole of Memphis, TN.

Her interests were many — cooking, quilting, reading, church involvement, game night with friends, Optimist Club and donating blood regularly to the Red Cross over the years. She always seemed to find a way to use these interests to help others. One perfect example is the hundreds of quilts that she donated to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home in St. Louis so that each child that entered had a special and unique item of their very own.

The family would encourage those who knew her to either perform a random act of kindness in her honor or make a memorial donation to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, 11300 St. Charles Rock Rd., Bridgeton, MO 63044.

The family wishes to thank Southeast Hospice and Comfort Keepers (Beverly) for their invaluable support through this time.

To share an online condolence with the family, visit and go to Anita’s obituary page and click on the tribute wall tab.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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