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Leah Branum

November 11, 1974 - July 8, 2021

Leah Branum of Lucas, Texas lost her battle with colon cancer on July 8, 2021 after a courageous 3-year fight.  She was brave and determined to the end.

Leah was born on November 11, 1974 to James and Lillian (Hoehne) McCutcheon in Houston, Texas. She was a 1993 graduate of Allen High School and a 1997 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.  Leah married Jeffrey Branum on March 2, 2002 in Dallas, Texas. She had a career in marketing for the food and retail industries. She is survived by her husband, Jeff Branum; sons, William and Marshall Branum; parents, James and Lillian McCutcheon of Allen; brother, Kyle McCutcheon of Allen; grandmother, Dora Hoehne of La Grange, and many other extended family members and friends who loved her very much.

She was fiercely loyal, sneaky smart and quietly hilarious. She loved Texas country music and INXS, the Texas Longhorns and the Lovejoy Leopards.  She loved labradors, the color grey and not being the center of attention. She did not love Stevie Nicks and it was likely the only negative thing anybody ever heard her say about anyone.  But most of all Leah loved her boys.  She was their biggest fan and their biggest supporter, she lived as if she knew her time with them would be way too short.  It was this same kind of devotion that her boys supported her with and sustained her with as she tried so desperately to defeat cancer.  A love like that is a bond even death cannot break.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, July 23, 2021 at Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.  A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Chase Oaks Church – Sloan Creek Campus, 611 East Stacy Road, Fairview, Texas 75069.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcome to a 529 college savings account set up through Charles Schwab to help provide for William and Marshall in the future. Link: https://www.ugift529.com; Will’s code is U4K-B8S, Marshall’s code is T66-N9H

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Jeff, My heart breaks for you and the kids. My condolences to you and your entire family. Leah was such an amazing human. She fought hard and went to be with the lord. I am praying for your entire family. Daniel Ali - Mercedes Benz of McKinney, July 30, 2021 Jeff: My deepest condolences to you and family for your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. Kevin Shearer, July 29, 2021 May our Heavenly father be with you and your boys at this moment in your lives and lead your beloved Leah to her Heavenly Home. I know that you all are missing her so badly and I pray that He will give you comfort and peace to help you carry on as she would wish. Love and peace, Uncle T
Terry Woldt, July 23, 2021 Jeff and Boys, Liz and I want to extend our deepest sympathies to you and the boys. We always considered you all our second group of kids in Dallas, from flag football to present day. You all are in our prayers. Nick & Liz Joest, July 20, 2021 We always have a special place in our hearts for Leah. She was a brave warrior to the end. Prayers for Jeff and the boys. Marianne, Ronnie and Chris Marianne and Ronnie Dunn, July 17, 2021 Jeff, I am so sorry for your loss. I never met Leah but from the comments posted here by others she was a special lady. You and your family are in my prayers. Cindi Gant, July 17, 2021 I’m so sad to hear this. Leah was such a great friend to Stephanie, now they are together again. Love and prayers to all the family.
Joann Madding, July 17, 2021 Leah was my freshman suite-mate. One of the first people I met in Texas and boy did every other Texan have big shoes to fill. Because her smile was huge and her kindness was immeasurable. She was truly a wonderful person and my heart goes out to her family and friends. May her gorgeous light live on in her family and friends. Amanda Baxter, July 16, 2021 Walter and I felt there was a special connection after meeting Jeff and Leah at MD Anderson. We prayed many prayers for this family. And we will continue to do so. Leah had such a wonderful personality that I felt as if I had known her for years. My friend is now at peace and is in no more pain. Jennifer Retkofsky, July 16, 2021 Sending my condolences to Leah's family. May God send his Angels' down to comfort and keep each of you during this time. My prayer is that in the days to come that God comforts and keeps you all in perfect peace know that Leah is no longer in pain and take comfort in knowing that she is not resting and healed. Chanteau White, July 14, 2021 I wish I had the words to express my sadness on Leah’s passing. Stefanie has kept me abreast of her valiant struggles to keep going for those she loved. May her strength and love carry you and the boys through your grief. Sending you Love and Courage.
Lora Beth “L.B.” Vestal, July 13, 2021 I am so sorry for your loss. Leah was a great woman!! Prayers for you and the boys and God bless.
Kevin McGee, July 13, 2021 Leah was a sweet lady and I will always remember her dancing to brass monkey at her wedding reception. Sandra Colvin, July 13, 2021 Jeff and boys- We are so saddened by the news of your sweet Leah. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you through these difficult times ahead. We are so blessed to have been able to share some great memories with you and Leah and the boys when our boys were little. We love you guys. -The entire McGee Family Trish and Kevin McGee, July 13, 2021 I remember Leah for her big smile! She will be missed. Prayers for all who knew her. Nancy Koop, July 13, 2021