LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A memorial service for former state Rep.
Jessie Branson is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Trinity
Episcopal Church in her hometown of Lawrence.
Branson died Saturday at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor of natural causes. She was 88.
A Democrat, Branson was known for advocating health and arts concerns. As a legislator in the 1980s, she pushed for the law
requiring young children in vehicles to ride in child safety seats.
Born Dec. 21, 1920, in the Atchison County town of Cummings,
Branson graduated from the University of Kansas School of Nursing
and worked during World War II as a nurse at the University of
Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. She and her family also
lived in Nebraska before returning to Lawrence in 1955.
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