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‘Cille’ Bratton

She was properly prepared for her exciting new journey to heaven with her hair and nails done, lipstick on, a twinkle in her eye, and the love of God in her heart.
 She was born on January 15, 1921 at Trenton, Tennessee. She was the only child of James William and Verna Mae (Fumbanks) Lassiter. Her father was an accountant while her mother was a public school teacher.
 She married John Clement Burdick, Jr. in 1941 and for the next thirty years, she was co-owner and operator of the J. C. Burdick Insurance Agency in Union City, Tennessee. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Union City and will be remembered for her many years of leadership with the Girl Scouts. She set a high standard for a Life Well Lived that she imparted to her children, her extended family and their many friends which will continue to endure in all of our lives and those of our children who follow.
 In the early 1970s she married USAF (Ret.) Colonel Andrew Jack Bratton, Jr. and they moved to the Texas Hill Country. They enjoyed many friends and adventures while motor camping throughout the west, then living at Marble Falls, Blanco, and Rockport, TX followed by Air Force Village II in San Antonio, TX.
 Cille looked at life through the eyes of an artist – sharing her experiences through painting and ceramics. She delighted in ALL the beauty that the world had to offer – life’s color wheel, birds soaring, and clouds billowing. She freely shared with others her joy and upbeat attitude that we all remember with her ever present smile, apple cheeks and sparkle in her eye.
 She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, USAF (Ret.) Col. Jack Bratton.
 She always considered her family to be her most precious treasures. She is survived by her son, Clem and Jane Burdick of Edmond, OK; her daughter, Becky and Scotty McLaughlin of Marble Falls, TX; her step-son, Andy and Carol Bratton of Plano, TX; her step-daughter, Ann and Lou George of Escondido, CA; five grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren living across Tennessee, Texas and California, as well as close family cousins, Sandra and David Watson and Barbara Wilbur of Clarksville, Tennessee.
 Her ashes will be interred at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX beside her husband, Jack Bratton. According to her instructions, she did not wish to have a formal funeral service, but each of her family and friends who loved her deeply can have our own memorial service in our hearts as WE REMEMBER HER. Of course, we can talk to her at any time and she will reply so that we can hear her in our hearts. And if we wish, we can make a donation to the charity of our choice in her memory.
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