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Michael Branagan Sr.

HELPER/SPRINGVILLE - Michael C. Branagan Sr., age 58, passed away March 25, 2005, at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center after a three year battle with cancer.

Born May 17, 1946, in Spanish Fork to Ronald E. and Shirley Ainge Branagan.

Michael was a member of the Matt Warner Chapter of the Clampers, the VFW, and the National Rifle Association. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Michael was a former resident of Helper prior to moving to Springville.

Survived by two children, April (Keith) Adams, Springville; Michael (Kristen) Branagan, Sunnyside; four grandchildren, Preston, Kaitlyn, Bridger and Conner; two brothers, Ronald (Shirley) Branagan, Payson; Steven Branagan, Springville; and sister, Susan. Preceded in death by parents; and sister, Pat.

Memorial service Saturday, April 2, 4 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main Street. Family will be at Mitchell's one half hour prior to service.

Margie Briest

HELPER - God's finger touched her and she slipped away from earth's dark shadows to a brighter day. He saw the road was rough, and the hill was hard to climb and so he gently closed her eyes and whispered "Peace be Thine." God took her to a better place, where she would have only peace and love behind the golden door. She is home.

Margie Jacobs Nelson Briest was born Sept. 10, 1906, in Sandovall, Ill., to Laura Stonecipher and Walter Jacobs.

She had many wonderful stores of traveling from Illinois to Utah in a covered wagon with her family. Our mother had a great sense of humor and a quick wit. She liked going on picnics, making quilts, crocheting and embroidering on kitchen towels, but most of all, she liked "holding babies". If someone would mention, "let's go", she would have her bags packed.

She lived many places in Utah, but loved being in Helper and there over 40 years. Her happiest memories of growing up, was in Skull Valley. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held different positions over the years and later went through the temple.

Surviving family members include Bonnie (Leo) Paur, West Valley; Barbara (Ruben) Maldonato, Salt Lake; Nick (Joyce) Nelson, Elk Ridge; Don (Elaine) Nelson, Provo; Madeline (Charles) Bonomo, Salt Lake; Marilyn (Boyd) Bell, Price; Arlene (Ken) Roberson, St. George; Sheri (Paul) Reay, and Steve (Barbara) Briest, St. George. She was a six generation grandmother with 212 posterity.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 2, noon, in the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 North, Orem. Family and friends may call that morning at the funeral home from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Interment, Helper City Cemetery following the services. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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