Lydia Alice Braun, age 91, of Loogootee, formerly of Shoals, died peacefully on Saturday, November 20th, 2021, at the Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born May 14th, 1930, in Martin County to Elmer and Rachel Crites Howell, and was raised by foster parents Henry and Stella Qualkenbush, of Shoals.

Lydia graduated from Shoals High School with the Class of 1948, where she was a charter member of the National Beta Club, having joined in October of 1946. She was a homemaker and worked four years as Secretary for Sherfick Manufacturing Company, in Shoals.

She married Cleo Braun on June 10th, 1950, and he preceded her in death on March 15th, 2008.

She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Braun, of Loogootee; a son, Jerry Braun and wife Sherri, of Shoals; a grandson, Jeremy Braun and wife Allison, and three great-granddaughters, Aryonna, Avaley, and Acelyn Braun, all of Loogootee.

She is also survived by a brother, Richard Howell and wife Dorothy, of Shoals; and a brother-in-law Harrod Grove, of Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, foster parents, three brothers, Gordon, Ellis, and Roy Howell, and three sisters, Catherine Winkler, Dorothy Grove, and Alma who died in infancy.

Lydia was a member of the Shoals Senior Citizens and was an active member of the Jug Rox Grandmothers Club for 27 years. She was a lover of animals and belonged to the Martin County Humane Society.

Lydia like to read, watch TV, and loved gardening and yardwork. She was known for her cooking. She loved animals and most of all, loved her family.

Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel, of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, in Shoals.

Pastor Matt Sullivan will officiate.

Burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23rd, and from 9:00 a.m. until the service hour on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Martin County Humane Society.

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