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Carla J. (Branham) Bentley, 67, of Lafayette, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Mulberry Health and Retirement at 2:06 p.m. Born April 22, 1946 in Kokomo, IN, she was the daughter of the late Carlos and Betty (Harshman) Branham.

Carla was a graduate of Kokomo High School and worked as a Psychological Technician at Wabash Valley Hospital. She was an avid wildlife enthusiast, and enjoyed watching birds and animals.

She is survived by her son Carl Anthony "Tony" Ruemler (wife Anne) of Elizabethtown, KY; her partner Kathy Whitcraft of Lafayette, one brother, Steven Branham (wife Mary) of Lebanon, three grandchildren, Steven Fischer, Elizabeth Ruemler and Carl David Ruemler, all of Elizabethtown, KY, and life-long family friends Bob and Sharon Demoret of Crawfordsville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Branham.

Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness or the Almost Home Humane Society. Hippensteel Funeral Service and Crematory is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at