Aaron Earl Branch, 76, Army finance worker

July 23, 2004

Aaron Earl Branch, a former Army finance worker, died of cancer July 16 at a daughter's home in Baltimore. He was 76.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he attended city schools before enlisting in the Navy late in World War II.

After the war, he worked as a mail sorter at the main city post office. In 1959, he went to work as a civilian employee in the Army's finance department in New York City. He left the job in 1965 and returned to Baltimore.

"He didn't work again because of illness," said his former wife, Shirley Lee.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Joseph H. Brown Jr. Funeral Home, 2140 N. Fulton Ave.

He is survived by four daughters, Maria Elena Branch and Dawn Dingle-El, both of Baltimore, Aarona Jordan of Westbury, N.Y., and Cathy Branch of Philadelphia; four sisters, Esther Wilson and Norma Powell, both of Baltimore, Maryland Burris of Essex and Sylvia Welbon of Silver Spring; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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