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Bess Thurman "Bessie" Braniff
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Birth: Jul. 25, 1887
Barton County
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 1954
Dallas County
Texas, USA

The Austin Statesman
August 24, 1954

Dallas, August 24 (UP) -- Mrs. T. E. Braniff, 67, widow of the late founder of Braniff International Airways, died Tuesday of cancer. Mrs. Braniff's husband was killed only last January in the crash of a private plane. After his death, Mrs. Braniff was elected vice president of the airline which bore his name. Friends said Mrs. Braniff had known since last fall that she had cancer, but had continued to be active in many activities. Her husband had been a director of the American Cancer society.

The Braniffs had two children, but neither were living when their parents died. A son, Thurman, was killed in a private plane crash at the age of 20, and Jeanne, who married Dr. Alex Terrill of Dallas, died in 1948. Terrill died in 1949.

Mrs. Braniff, a Catholic, died at 7:30 a.m. cst Tuesday. rosary and funeral services had not been set.

During the past year Mrs. Braniff had undertaken active participation in the establishment of the new Dallas University, was appointed to the board of directors of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, became president and director of the Braniff Foundation -- a charitable organization established in 1944 jointly by Mrs. and Mrs. Braniff for the support of educational, religious, scientific and research endeavors -- and was named the first woman trustee of the Southwestern Legal Foundation of Southern Methodist University. The Press Club of Dallas named her last May as a "headliner of 1953".
Mrs. Braniff was born July 25, 1887, in Lamar, Mo. She graduated from Christian College in Columbia, Mo., and married Braniff in 1912 at Lamar.

The Braniffs moved to Oklahoma City, where he established the T.E. Braniff Co., one of the Southwest's leading mortgage and insurance companies, built one of the city's first skyscrapers, and organized Braniff Airways in 1928. Mr. and Mrs. Braniff moved to Dallas from Oklahoma City in 1942 when the headquarters of the airline was moved to Dallas.

Mrs. Braniff last December received one of the highest honors her church can bestow on a lay-woman. She was named a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Last month Pope Piux XII sent her the Cross for Church and Pontiff. The citation accompanying the medal read: "Pope Piux XII deigns to bestow upon Lady Bess Braniff the insignia of the August Cross for Church and Pontiff. This cross (Crus Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice) was established to recognize outstanding good work and, at the same time, grants the faculty of wearing this decoration." Mrs. Braniff served as a member of the National Catholic Advisory committee for the Girl Scouts of America and held the award of merit from the Girl Scouts for outstanding work. She also served on the Women's Advisory Council of Notre Dame University and held a life membership in the Catholic Woman's League. She was trustee of our lady of the Lake College in San Antonio.

The only survivors are a sister-in-law, Mrs. Hal C. Thurman of Dallas; three nieces, Margaret T. Baker of Dallas, Mrs. M. J. Day of Lubbock and Mrs. Arthur B. Ramsey of Oklahoma City; three aunts, Mrs. Edgar P. Mann of Springfield, Mo., Mrs. H. W. Timmonds of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Mrs. Gail Alee [Allee] of Prescott, Ariz., and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews. 
Family links: 
  Berry Green Thurman (1851 - 1930)
  Lula Clark Thurman (1863 - 1923)
  Thomas Elmer Braniff (1883 - 1954)
  Thomas Elmer Braniff (1883 - 1954)*
  Jeanne Braniff Terrell (1914 - 1948)*
  Thurman Braniff (1918 - 1938)*
  Hal Clark Thurman (1881 - 1952)*
  Bess Thurman Braniff (1887 - 1954)
*Calculated relationship
Calvary Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Charlotte Hubbard Rehpoh...
Originally Created by: Larry Chenault
Record added: Mar 12, 2001
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Bess Thurman Bessie Braniff
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Bess Thurman Bessie Braniff
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Bess Thurman Bessie Braniff
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- BeNotForgot
 Added: Jan. 10, 2012
Rest in Peace Cousin Bess ~ the Clark, Wood, Thurman & Allee family line..
- Dody Clark-Day
 Added: Oct. 9, 2011
Rest in Peace
- Dody Clark-Day
 Added: May. 30, 2010
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