Julia Mae “Cookie” Bates Branch

Published 4:25 pm Thursday, April 16, 2020

Julia Mae “Cookie” Bates Branch, 84 of Friendswood TX, who was born and raised in Port Arthur TX earned her Wings Saturday, April 11, 2020 after a short illness.

Cookie was born January 29, 1936 to Ruby Como Jones and Mark Bates Jr.

She professed her belief in Christ at an early age, Cookie was a member of New Beginning Church, League City, TX and a 1956 Graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School.

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She was preceded in death by her mother Ruby, father Mark, two sisters, Ethel Brooks and Vera Gordon, one brother Louis Esbry Jr. and her great-grandson Terry “TJ” Bryant.

Cookie leaves to cherish her precious legacy and humorous memories: one daughter Darlene Marie Smith (Joseph) of Friendswood, TX, two sons Dale C. Branch Jr. (Doris) of Missouri City, TX and Mark Louis Branch of Port Arthur, TX, 6 grandsons, 6 granddaughters, 12 great-grandsons, 16 great-granddaughters, 1 great great-granddaughter and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Memorial Homegoing is pending at New Beginning Church under the direction of Mainland Funeral Home.