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Ruth Demarest Brandt Obituary
Ruth Demarest Brandt Alameda, CA Jul. 20, 1925 - Feb. 24, 2012 Ruth passed away peacefully of natural causes with family and friends by her side. It was an unseasonably warm and sunny day, a perfect reflection of Ruth's soul. Raised in Stuyvesant, NY, Ruth attended Hope College where she met her husband Elmer Brandt. They chose an exciting road trip west and settled in a trailer on the beach in California, with other young college graduate adventurers. Ruth became an elementary school teacher, and she and Elmer had four children: Merrilee Laugeness, Mark Brandt, Paul Brandt and Kimberly Rocks. The family moved to the high desert of Quartz Hill and Leona Valley where Ruth developed her passion for horses. She inspired all of her children to love animals of all sizes. Ruth continued to ride horses well into her 70's. Ruth retired from teaching and moved to Alameda to be near family and her beloved beach. She was a devoted reader of mystery novels and played in four weekly bridge groups, where she made lifelong friends. Ruth lived to love her family, who were the center of her world. She travelled many times to Clarksville, TN to be with her talented and loving granddaughters Avery Ruth and Lauren Marie daughters of Merrilee and Paul Laugeness. Her two devoted grandsons, Devin and Adam Hobbs, sons of daughter Kimberly Rocks, whose husband is Ken Rocks of San Diego, looked after Ruth in their shared town of Alameda. Ruth's son Mark and his wife Amy of Oakland, CA loved being in the company of this upbeat and loving charmer, who always had a twinkle in her eye. Ruth's son Paul Brandt of Visalia, CA, was also a devoted and loving son. Her cat Rikki misses purring with Ruth. Services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 29th at 4:00 PM at The Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. at Grand Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501 (flowers are welcome). Donations are requested to be made to: Alameda Boys & Girls Club, Inc., P.O. Box 1069, Alameda CA 94501
Published in Inside Bay Area on Feb. 28, 2012
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