Olga Mardas Brannon
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Born March 21, 1924 in Ashland, PA. Her mother and father were immigrants from Greece, and Olga was proud of her Greek heritage and of being able to prepare some of the Greek family recipes. She and her husband, Joe R. Brannon, Sr. were married in Washington DC in 1943, during WWII. Joe was from southeast AL, and they had a few good laughs about ways the two cultures had to blend.
During the years when Joe was in the navy they moved quite a bit and had four sons, Joe, Jr., Larry, Don, and Rick. In July of 1957, Joe and Olga moved their family to Satellite Beach, just as the space race was beginning. They enjoyed being able to watch many of the manned space flights from their back yard.
For many years Olga served as a registered nurse doing private duty in various hospitals in the area and as a staff nurse at Patrick Air Force Base and Brevard Medical Center. Olga and Joe helped start two area Southern Baptist churches. In their last years, they were members at South Patrick Baptist Church in Satellite Beach.
Olga and Joe were married for 63 years before he died in 2006. Olga is survived by three sons, Joe, Jr., Larry, and Don, and their families, as well as by a daughter-in-law, Gloria Brannon Bellis. Olga also has six grandchildren, Jeremy, Phil, Michael, Sean, Ryan and Kimberly; and four great grandchildren, Iain, Cory, Laina and Mason.
This past year, Olga lived at Mission Oaks Assisted Living in Oxford, FL. She died in her sleep there on Sunday morning, August 11, 2013. Services will be held at The Life Event Center, Florida Memorial, Rockledge on Friday, August 16, at 10:00am. A viewing will be held beforehand at 9:30am. The graveside service will immediately follow the funeral service. Services will be led by Rev. Joe Brannon and Rev. Al Evans and will feature music by Don Brannon.
The family requests that instead of flowers, a donation be made to the
in her memory.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Aug. 14 to Aug. 16, 2013