Obituary- Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Brand
Mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 30 for Elizabeth “Betty” Brand, who died peacefully June 26, 2001, at Barton Memorial Hospital. She recently turned 80. A picture of health all her life, she suffered little in her final days.
Mrs. Brand and her late husband, Leonard Brand, moved to South Lake Tahoe from Ojai, Calif., more than 38 years ago. She was born April 17, 1921, at Ventura, Calif., one of 10 children of stagecoach driver, former Ventura County Sheriff and United States Marshall, Robert E. “Bob” Cook, and his wife Alice Barnett Clark. She was a descendant of the early Ventura County pioneer Clark family that settled in the Ojai Valley in 1868.
Betty and Leonard managed a Clark family cattle ranch in Ojai for many years preceding their move to Tahoe. In 1963 they established Brand Electric in South Lake Tahoe, which they operated until Mr. Brand’s passing in 1985. Betty’s life was centered in her faith and family. If she were not marshaling kids or grandchildren to or from sporting activities, recitals or whatever, she was somehow involving herself at St. Theresa Catholic Church, where she was a daily communicant.
Mom or grandma, as practically everyone called her, was unassuming, yet painfully direct. She had an enormous effect on countless people. Everybody she met became part of her extended family with their lives forever enriched. She will be sorrowfully missed, yet vividly remembered by all.
Survivors include her sons, Gary Brand of South Lake Tahoe, Phil Brand of South Lake Tahoe and Steve Brand of Dayton, Nev.; daughter, Joan Houston of Sacramento, Calif.; sister, Clare Whitney of Phoenix, Ore.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at St. Theresa, followed by interment at Happy Homestead Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Helping Hands of St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1041 Lyons Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.
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