Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Linda Arismendez Office Manager/Funeral Director

Linda was born and raised in Lamesa, Texas graduating from Lamesa High School in 1980. She later attended Howard College, then worked in law enforcement for 6 years before beginning her employment with Branon Funeral Home in 2004. During that time, she graduated from Amarillo College with a degree in Mortuary Science. She is also a licensed agent specializing in pre-arranged funerals. In the past she has served on the Lamesa ISD School Board and the Lamesa Park Board. Linda enjoys serving Branon Funeral Home and the families she meets on a daily basis. She also enjoys traveling with her family and husband, Rick of 18 years. Together they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.

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Melissa Ray Managing Director

Melissa Ortiz Ray was born and raised in Lamesa, Texas. She is a 1990 graduate of Lamesa High School. Melissa was in the sales industry before attending Amarillo College in 2000 -2003. She earned her Associates in Mortuary Science and Business Management. Melissa served her apprenticeship and worked as a funeral director and embalmer at Branon Funeral Home from 2004-2007. From 2007 to 2015 she was a Pre-need counselor and Insurance Agent. In January 2015, she returned as a full time licensed funeral director and embalmer. Melissa has served on Dawson Senior Citizens Board and was a mentor for Christian Woman's Job Corp. She is a licensed insurance agent specializing in prearranged funerals. Melissa enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and husband, Mark of 13 years. Together they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.

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Roy Byrd

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Jennifer Ray

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Mark Ray

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Lupe Vela

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Joe Vela

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Lorina Cardona

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Margaret Wynne Stanton

Linda Arismendez

Office Manager/Funeral Director
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Linda was born and raised in Lamesa, Texas graduating from Lamesa High School in 1980. She later attended Howard College, then worked in law enforcement for 6 years before beginning her employment with Branon Funeral Home in 2004. During that time, she graduated from Amarillo College with a degree in Mortuary Science. She is also a licensed agent specializing in pre-arranged funerals. In the past she has served on the Lamesa ISD School Board and the Lamesa Park Board. Linda enjoys serving Branon Funeral Home and the families she meets on a daily basis. She also enjoys traveling with her family and husband, Rick of 18 years. Together they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.

Melissa Ray

Managing Director
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Melissa Ortiz Ray was born and raised in Lamesa, Texas. She is a 1990 graduate of Lamesa High School. Melissa was in the sales industry before attending Amarillo College in 2000 -2003. She earned her Associates in Mortuary Science and Business Management. Melissa served her apprenticeship and worked as a funeral director and embalmer at Branon Funeral Home from 2004-2007. From 2007 to 2015 she was a Pre-need counselor and Insurance Agent. In January 2015, she returned as a full time licensed funeral director and embalmer. Melissa has served on Dawson Senior Citizens Board and was a mentor for Christian Woman's Job Corp. She is a licensed insurance agent specializing in prearranged funerals. Melissa enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and husband, Mark of 13 years. Together they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.

Roy Byrd

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Jennifer Ray

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Mark Ray

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Lupe Vela

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Joe Vela

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Lorina Cardona

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Margaret Wynne Stanton

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