Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory
Geraldine (Gerri) M. Brandt passed on to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 14, 2015.
Gerri was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on October 20, 1939 to Louella and Richard Morris. The family lived in California for a time, until Gerri, her two sisters and Louella moved to Oregon. At age 8, Gerri was adopted, along with her sisters, Barbara and Mary, by her stepfather, Merle Story. She grew up on her parent’s dairy farm in Prineville, Oregon, where she enjoyed time with her sisters and uncles, Ed and Ted Henry, at her grandparent’s creamery.
After graduating from Crooked River High School, Gerri attended the Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon. Shortly after starting nursing school, she met her roommate’s brother, Lyle Brandt of Wapato. Gerri and Lyle were married in July 1960, two months before her graduation as a registered nurse. The newlywed couple resided in Selah for one month before Lyle was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Texas for 18 months. In 1962, Gerri and Lyle returned to the Lower Yakima Valley to farm and raise their four children. Gerri lived the remainder of her life in their home surrounded by their fruit orchards located near Wapato.
In addition to being a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, Gerri loved serving the Lord in many ways. She served as an elder at Wapato Presbyterian Church and a discussion leader for Bible Study Fellowship. Later, after becoming a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, she was involved in Evangelism Explosion, served as moderator for the Deacon’s Ministry, taught Sunday school and served on the Pastor Nominating Committee. In 1998, Gerri also participated in a church-sponsored medical mission to Anse Rouge, Haiti, where few residents have access to medical services. The experience made a lifetime impression on her.
Gerri treasured the many close, personal friendships she made in life. She was devoted to her Friday women’s breakfast group of 25 years and she enjoyed the fellowship of Bible study and travels with her Small Group Bible Study friends. Gerri led a women’s Bible study throughout her treatments for ovarian cancer until her illness progressed.
Gerri was a talented watercolor painter, a hobby she passionately pursued once her children were raised. She loved learning new techniques and worked diligently at her craft. Embarking on many watercolor adventures together, she and her sister Barbara attended workshops and travelled to scenic locations to paint, with their favorite artistic inspiration and relaxation destination the island of Maui.
Although Gerri set aside her nursing cap in 1965 to raise her children, she happily resumed her career in 1989, working at Yakima Surgical Associates and enjoying the friends and patients she served until her retirement in 2005.
Gerri was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in early 2010 and passed away at her home with her family by her side. She wished to thank the many people in her life that provided love and support during her illness. Her family is particularly grateful to Dr. Thomas Malpass and the oncology staff at Virginia Mason Medical Center and the staff at Memorial Hospice for their compassionate care and support.
Gerri is survived by her husband of 55 years, Lyle Brandt, and their daughter Julie Mattoon and her husband, Scott, of California; daughter Karen Hatch of Fall City; son Rodney and his wife, Carmen, of New Hampshire; and son Russell and his wife, Sheryl, of Texas. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; her mother, Louella Story; sisters Mary Richards, Barbara Milligan and Tomi Ryan; and brothers Frederick Story, Kenneth Story and Alan Story. Gerri was predeceased by her biological father, Richard Morris, and her adoptive father, Merle Story.
A viewing will be held at Brookside Funeral Home at 500 W. Prospect, Moxee, on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 4-6 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Terrace Heights Memorial Park on Saturday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. at the Yakima Covenant Church (6015 Summitview Avenue, Yakima).
Gerri requested that she be remembered by donations made payable to Medika Mamba or the Haiti Mission at Yakima Covenant Church mailed c/o Brookside Funeral Home, PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936. Online condolences can be made at www.brooksidefhc.com.
Arrangements by Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory.