Al Dona Marie Branch, 61, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2014, in Jacksonville, after a brief illness. She was born in California on August 26, 1952 to Carl William Gough and Frances Dennis Gough and was raised in the Baptist Faith.
She graduated from Chamberlain High School (1970) in Tampa where she was a majorette. After her marriage to her loving husband, Jim in 1971, she moved to Jacksonville. She had been a Girl Scout leader for over 35 years with troop 1282. Al Dona loved taking care of her roses, enjoyed reading, researching her family’s genealogy and working at her computer. Some of her favorite times were spent photographing her grandchildren and family members.
Survivors include her devoted husband of 43 years, James B. “Jim” Branch; daughters, Jennifer M. Atchison and Justina Branch; two brothers, Forrest Gough and Carl Gough; three grandchildren, Alyssa, Ainsley and Amanda Atchison; and several nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Her family received friends from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Al Dona were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday in The Chapel of Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home with Pastor Justin Mak, New Journey Church officiating. Interment was held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in Garden of Memories Cemetery, 4207 East Lake Ave. Tampa, FL. 33610.
Corey-Kerlin Funeral Homes and Crematory in Jacksonville, FL was in charge of the arrangements. www.corey-kerlin.com