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Marie Maney Braniff

Oklahoman Published: August 29, 1988

BRANIFF Marie Maney, 90, widow of a founder of Braniff Airlines, and the daughter of two pioneer central Oklahoma families, died Friday in St. Anthony Hospital.

Wake services will be at 7:30pm Monday in Smith & Kernke Funeral Home chapel, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am Tuesday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Braniff was born May 2, 1898, in El Reno. She attended Mount St. Mary's Academy, and graduated from St. Joseph's High School and St. Agnes College in Baltimore, MD. She was married April 29, 1920 to Paul R. Braniff, who with his brother, Thomas E. Braniff, founded Braniff Airlines in 1928. Her father was James W. Maney, prominent Oklahoma Territory pioneer. A civil engineer, Maney built thousands of miles of railroads through the western United States. He built the El Reno Interurban and the first railroad into Choctaw, was president of the Clinton and Western Oklahoma railroad, and formed a chain of grain mills centered in Enid.

Oklahoma City's Maney Park and Maney House are named for him.

Mrs. Braniff's mother, Alphonsina Gerrer Maney, was the sistr of Father Gregory Gerrer, O.S.B., founder of Gerrer Museum of Art at St. Gregory's College, Shawnee.

As a young woman, Mrs. Braniff traveled extensively with her husband, who pioneered commercial aviation. She compiled archives on the founding of Braniff Airlines, and remained interested in the carrier for the remainder of her life. She continued to live in the northwest Oklahoma City home the couple established early in their marriage.

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