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Zion Lutheran Church, Scotland
Thursday August 18th, 2011

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Virginia Gail Bratton

Rev. Michael Hecht
Organist - Dorothy Bietz
Solo ~ LeAndra Mogck
“On Eagle’s Wings”
Congregational Hymns
“How Great Thou Art”
“Amazing Grace”
Brooke Pravecek
Allison Pravecek
Derek Pravecek
Bayli Bratton
Virginia Gail “Puddy” Bratton was born on Monday, December 3, 1945 in Temple, Texas to Malcolm S. and Lillie Mae (Mull) Marshall. She graduated from high school in Plainview, Texas in 1964. Virginia was united in marriage to Clyde Bratton on February 16, 1965 at Plainview. While Clyde served in Vietnam, she worked as a switchboard operator for mobile communications. Following his return from military service, they farmed until Clyde became a court reporter. They then moved to Olivet, South Dakota in 1971. Over the years, Virginia worked at convenience stores in Olivet and Menno, babysat for several children, and for a time she and Clyde owned a gas station in Olivet. For many years, she worked at Gemar’s Market in Scotland. During the past ten years, they wintered in Texas until making their year-round home there earlier this year. Virginia’s life always revolved around her family, and she was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling, especially to visit family. She also enjoyed going to flea markets, refinishing furniture and restoring her flea market treasures. She enjoyed fishing with Clyde, as long as it did not involve baiting hooks and removing her catch. For many years, she was a member of the Olivet United Methodist Church. Virginia passed away on Monday, August 15, 2011 at the age of 65 years, 8 months and 12 days.
Virginia’s memory will live forever in the hearts of her husband of 46 years, Clyde Bratton of Temple, Texas; two children: Brandi (Frank) Pravecek of Scotland and Dallas (Joci) Bratton of Sioux Falls; four grandchildren: Brooke, Allison and Derek Pravecek and Bayli Bratton; one sister, Joan Simpson of Marble Falls, Texas; and three brothers: Emmett “Bud” (Laverne) Marshall of Rogers, Texas, Larry (Linda) Marshall of Tequesta, Florida, and Mark (Kathy) Marshall of Kingsland, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Malcolm and Lillie Mae Marshall.

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I was in shock when i heard that aunt virginia had passed, still find it hard to believe. She was & always will be special to me. You have your aunts, then you have your really cool aunts & virginia was not only a cool aunt all of us enjoyed to b around but very classy, yet down to earth. Full of laughter, love & compassion. When you think of her you only picture a beautiful young woman who never seemed to age. To uncle pete, i am so sorry. i have no words of wisdom but all my love & prayers go to you. i love you very much & know i am praying for you. To brandi & dallas: i unfortunately have experienced the loss of a parent. what helped me was all the memories helped with the lonely times.even when it was a memory of him discipline cause it reminded me how much he cared.Hold onto the precious times you hasd with your mom & the days will pass along with the grief but she will always be with you .I love you guys very much & will never forget the summer i spent @ your house ,aunt virginia & uncle pete was so good to me & your mom treated me like a daughter not a niece In my thoughts & prayers penny (bratton) parker

penny (bratton) bratton Aug 23 2011 10:24 PM

Dallas, Joci, Bayli and the entire Bratton Family: My sympathies and prayers have been with you over the last week since I heard the sad news of your mom and grandma. And my prayers will continue to be with you in the time ahead. Love, Amie and the "Hedgehogs"

Amie Bennett Aug 19 2011 2:27 PM

Thinking of you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mitch, Katie Brooks & family Aug 18 2011 8:17 PM

I was so sorry to hear about Virginia. She was an awesome lady who always had a smile on her face. She will be missed by many. Prayers to all of you. God Bless. Connie & Jason Luke

Connie K. Luke Aug 18 2011 10:52 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Jerry and Amie Fischer and family Aug 18 2011 8:48 AM

Brandi - thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. May God bless you and watch over you while you mourn the loss of a very wonderful person.

Tammy Zeeb Simon Aug 18 2011 8:44 AM

Dallas, Joci and family, So sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there and know time does heal. Hold the memories of your Mom close and know she is always with you.

Misti Zubke Aug 18 2011 8:01 AM

To all Virginias family, My thoughts and prayers go to you all. I was shocked by the news, but will Always remember her laugh and smile and the joy she brought to me while she was around. There are special things about her and the memories that I shared with her, that I will always cherish. God Bless you all, The Hamberger Family.

Cari Hamberger Sherman Aug 18 2011 6:41 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She was so nice and kind to everyone. She will be missed greatly.

Jennifer Masterson (Woehl) and family Aug 18 2011 6:34 AM

Dallas and Joci, My sincere sympathy to you and your family as you walk through this difficult time. Please find God's comfort as He surrounds you with family and friends to help you through.

Amy Barr Aug 18 2011 2:41 AM

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