Elvira D. (Ms. LV) Branigan, 95, died on August 5, 2012 at The Place in Vero Beach. She was preceded in death by husband General Edward S. Branigan Jr., a decorated World War II hero and her husband of 49 years who died in 1993.
Originally from New York, she moved to Florida in 1971 and to Baker County in 2006. Her father Dr. Domonic DiPasca made house calls using a horse and carriage. Her mother Emilia DePasca, was an opera singer. She had two brothers, Dr. Robert DiPasca and Roger DiPasca, Esq.Ms. LV was a familiar face at the Baker County Council on Aging in Macclenny and at “Miss Elvie’s Place,” the respite center named after her and operated by the council. She looked forward to “going to school” every day, and being there with her friends.
She loved to sing and dance, and won many dance competitions as a young woman. The highlight of her years in Baker County was the annual BCCOA Senior Prom. She loved everyone and loved animals.
Ms. LV was a devout Catholic, and prior to moving to Baker County she sang in several church choirs. She also distributed Meals on Wheels, ran the local blood bank, distributed Communion to elderly shut-ins and volunteered at the Center for the Arts in Vero Beach.
She is survived by daughter E. Barbara Baris of Taylor, son Dr. Edward S. Branigan III; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ms. LV’s ashes will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband. There will be a memorial Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Macclenny at 5 pm on Thursday, August 23.