Baranaca Mercado, 56, of Brooklyn, NY, and formerly of Fort Dodge, IA, died Friday, December 30, 2022, in Brooklyn. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family. Arrangements are with Historic Bruce Funeral Home of Fort Dodge.
Baranaca was born June 14, 1966, in Fort Dodge, the daughter of Walter Burleson and Grady Harper. She graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High. Baranaca loved her family and enjoyed helping others. She also enjoyed going to the Kingdom Hall and riding her bike. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Baranaca is survived by 2 children: Sonata Harper of Omaha, NE and Jeff Johnson and wife Jenna of Carroll, IA; 5 grandchildren: Thadeus, Tytus, Baranaca, Fronzell and A’Raeya; and 5 siblings: Troy Harper and wife Patty of Fort Dodge, Joyce Harper of North Carolina, Yuel Harper of Cedar Rapids, IA, Walter Burleson of Des Moines, IA and Session Harper. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.