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Amy Ricketts Brandon (February 15, 1918 - February 24, 2013)

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Amy Brandon passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 24, 2013, just a week after celebrating her 95th birthday with a large gathering of family and friends.

Amy Elizabeth Calkins was born in Everett, Washington, to Donald J.F. Calkins and Mabel Adams Calkins, and was raised in Tacoma, Washington, graduating from Stadium High School.

After obtaining a bachelor's degree in botany in 1940 from the State College of Washington (now Washington State University), she married Bernard G. Ricketts. They moved to Urbana, Illinois, and lived there for 34 years, raising two sons, Stephen and Melvin.

While there, Amy was a staff member at the University of Illinois Agriculture College Library and a founding member of the Urbana Tree Commission, and she followed her love of flowers by becoming a flower show judge.

Upon retirement, Barney and Amy followed their dream of returning to the Pacific Northwest. They chose her mother's girlhood home of Port Townsend.

However, that year, Barney became ill and died of complications following surgery.

Amy moved ahead and built her home at Cape George Colony overlooking Discovery Bay and the Olympic Mountains. There, she met one of her neighbors, Rennie "Jack" Brandon, and they were later married.

She was thankful for having had two very wonderful husbands.

Amy was active in the Cape George community and was a founder of the Environmental Committee there. An avid garden club member, she held many offices in the Port Townsend Garden Club and was a Master Flower Show Judge.

In addition to gardening, she enjoyed genealogy, extensively researching her Calkins line.

She was physically active until the age of 94 and for several years brought home medals in the Rhody Run as second in her age group. She also traveled the world, visiting New Zealand, Europe, Turkey, Africa, Alaska, Eastern Canada and New England, among other places.

Amy leaves son Steve (Gloria) Ricketts in Port Hadlock; son Mel (Karen) Ricketts in University Place, Washington; granddaughter Madison Munroe in Portland, Oregon; granddaughter Jennifer (Ryan) Lopeman in Bothell, Washington; grandson David (Tiffany) Ricketts in Sandy, Oregon; great-grandchildren Tyler, Ben and Ruth; sister Jeanellen Hendrickson in Renton, Washington; and nine nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Ricketts; husband Rennie "Jack" Brandon; and brother Myron Calkins.

A celebration of life will be held at the Cape George Clubhouse, 61 Cape George Drive just outside of Port Townsend, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

Donations may be made in her memory to the , www.cancer.org; or to the Cape George Environmental Committee, http://tinyurl.com/acdrsyc.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 17, 2013
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