Obituary: Alice Juanita L. Branch
Alice Juanita L. Branch, a longtime resident of Montclair and longtime member of Bright Hope Baptist Church, died on March 28, 2022. She was 88.
Mrs. Branch, affectionately known as Alice Mommie, Mommy Alice, Suzy and Mother, was born in 1933 to the late John and Mary Liggins.
She attended Glenfield School and Montclair High School.
She was married to the late James Burnell Branch and was a domestic worker for many years. Mrs. Branch served in ministry at Bright Hope Baptist Church for 79+ years. She received numerous awards and citations and was honored as having the longest membership at Bright Hope.
The only thing she loved as much as her children and family was the church. That love embraced ministry on a new level: She was an over-willing participant, holding multiple positions, including leader of the youth choir, Flower Circle, trustee and manager of the youth center.
Mrs. Branch took on each task with vigor and unrelenting commitment. She attended Bible study regularly and would often be found in her room reading and studying the word of God, which she shared with anyone who would listen.
She was extremely loved by her children. She affectionately referenced her eldest son Pat as her husband or her father, and daughter Magary as her mother. She had an extraordinary love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She made every effort to attend family events, no matter how she felt.
Her favorite foods were fried chicken, lemon meringue pie and caramel pound cake. She would deny having any cooking skills, but the items that the family loved most were her potato salad, sweet potato mash, cabbage, jello mold and pistachio cake.
She has left an indelible mark on the hearts and lives of everyone she met and loved.
Mrs. Branch is survived by her sisters, Delores Liggins and Michelle Clark; brother, Dorman Blain; children, Pat, Ann and Joan Liggins, Magary, Burnell (Rachel) and Arnell Branch; grandchildren, Tamika, Tashona, Tiheisha, Patrick Jr. (Kenya), Qudia Liggins, Aaron Liggins, Sharon Whitley (Calvin), Josh (Shalika) and Omar Liggins (Tamika), Jamar Liggins; Burnell C. Jr. (Sasha) and Steven N. Branch and Patrick Blackmon; honorary daughter Tanasha Liggins, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other loved ones.
She was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Flippin; daughters, Stephanie, and Jean Liggins; brothers, James, and David J. Booker.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals.