Dan’s mother, Kathryn McGee Connally Brandon, was 101 years old, but Friday morning she decided that was enough, dying in her sleep just seven weeks short of her 102nd birthday. She’d been praying “for Jesus to take her home” for a long time, and I guess He did. Dan had the opportunity to see her just this week, so we are thankful for that.
She was married more than 50 years to Dan Brandon, known to their many grandchildren as “Pa.” Together they reared four children, including “Dan Jr.” She was faithful to her Baptist church, singing many hymns by memory at her 100th birthday party. Cooking for a crowd was among the things she loved to do, and she was very proud of her years in high-level security work at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. She and her sister performed instrumentals on the Fort Worth radio, about the time, I think, she was setting girls’ basketball records in high school.
So “Mimi” lived a long, productive and good life, and we are fine knowing that her time of frustration, near blindness and life in a nursing home is finished. She will be remembered by all of us as a strong and honorable person who loved her family.
The memorial service will be Fri., Nov. 29 at John Ireland Funeral Home in Moore, OK.
Be thankful this week for families. Be thankful for long lives lived well.