Our sweetest mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Rhea Gail West Branch, age 79, returned to Heavenly Father on September 5, 2019 from many years of health complications.
She was born to William Von and Verda Alice Allred West on April 14, 1940 in Mountain Home, Utah. She enjoyed the years of her youth in Moab, Utah. Rhea married her eternal sweetheart Hollis Dennison “Denny” Branch on June 9, 1956 in Moab, Utah. They were sealed in the Manti Temple on August 21, 1965. Rhea and Denny were blessed with five daughters.
Rhea was a longtime resident of Wellington who was blessed with an incredible family and a multitude of friends whom she loved dearly and they loved her. Her family was her whole world and she loved us all unconditionally. Mom was the perfect mother and greatest example to all. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mom had a strong testimony of our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. We will be forever grateful for her love and influence in our lives.
Rhea is survived by her five daughters, Debbie (Derk) Bradley, Denna (Happy) Riche, Hollee Branch, Danelle (Curt) Gillins, Christine (Miles) Nelson; 18 grandchildren and their spouses, 30 great-grandchildren and many other loving family members and lifelong friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Denny Branch; infant brother, Robert; and a brother, Jerry West.
Funeral service, Monday, September 9, 2019, 11:00 a.m., Wellington Fourth Ward Chapel (50 North 100 East). Family will receive friends at Mitchell Funeral Home (233 East Main Street) Sunday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and at the church Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment, Wellington City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of Rhea online at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net