Evelyn Braa

Mitchell

Evelyn Braa, 95, Mitchell, formerly of Artesian, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in Firesteel Healthcare Center.
Funeral services were Saturday morning at Fedora Presbyterian Church, Fedora. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Artesian.
Visitation was in Bittner Funeral Chapel, Mitchell.
She was born May 5, 1917 at rural Fedora to Howard and Ida (Clarke) Kelsey.
She graduated from Fedora High School, and on Dec. 25, 1936, she married Carl Braa.
They resided in Rockford, Ill., until 1945, when they returned and purchased a farm south of Fedora.
In 1962, they also established a launderette in Artesian, which they operated until it was destroyed by fire in 1970.
After the fire, they moved and built a new home in Artesian and she took over the café.
They wintered in Harlington, Texas, for 22 years.
She is survived by three sons, Dennis Braa, Sioux Falls, Curtis Braa, Waukegan, Ill., and Doug (Becky) Braa, Mokena, Ill.; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceeded in death by one brother, Blair Kelsey; and three sisters, Levon Gault, Bernetta Root and Bona May Murry.

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