Cecil Brannan, Alan Pettey, Lois Nash, Ruth Pettey and Robert Pettey donated eight northern pin oaks to Oxbow Park in memory of Robert’s wife, Velma and Velma’s parents, Miles and Frances Brannan. The trees were planted Nov. 1. The trees are between 15 and 20 feet tall and were planted near the elk enclosure. The Brannan family lived in the house in Oxbow Park before World War II.
Photo by Gretta Becay
By Gretta Becay
On the first day of November, representatives from the Brennan and Pettey families met at Oxbow Park to watch workers plant eight big trees the families donated in memory of Miles and Frances Brannan and Robert Pettey's wife, Velma, (nee Brannan.)
Robert Pettey, Velma's brother, Cecil Brannan and her sister, Lois Nash, were there. Two of Velma and Robert's children were able to attend, daughter Ruth and son Alan.
By coincidence, one of the people who helped plant the trees and who works at Oxbow Park was Jeff Reed who is the nephew of Glen Pettey, Velma's brother, who preceded her in death.
Park Tech and Caretaker Tim Buri, seasonal worker Cesar Hernandez and volunteer Stephon Kunkel-Billig began the process by digging holes in the green space with a back hoe and then rounding the holes out to the correct sizes with shovels.
Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Byron Review.