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Babe Brandon - 87

5/21/1932 - 6/8/2019
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Babe Brandon, 87 years of Van Petten, IL, passed away at her home on June 8, after a several years battle with Alzheimer’s Dementia.

Frances “Babe” was born May 21, 1932 to LeRoy and Margaret Henry in a farm house in Nelson Twp., IL on what is now called Bollman Road. After graduating from Community High School (now Newman High) she studied for nurses training at Rock Island, but when her brother was drafted into the army, she returned home to help her father with the farm.

In her senior year, she met and selected David Brandon and they were wed in 1951, going on to have two children, Dave Gene Jr and Stanley Henry and in later years adopted two girls (sisters), Tracy Lynn and Kimberly Anne (Williamson).

Dave and Babe spent 3 years in Freeport while he did tree work for the power company, when a hired man position came open in 1954, they decided to raise their boys on the farm at Van Petten. They farmed in a loose partnership with her father until 1972 when a disagreement in principle caused them to purchase a country store in Stevensville MT. Together they operated the store for 4 years and sold it to retire to a 15 acre orchard nearby. She learned apple culture, sorting and marketing for 12 years, when economics dictated return to a paying job at 57 years of age, they repurchased the same store again for another 4 years. She was a mother, homemaker and work companion her entire life. A nationally rated firefighter 3 firefighter and fought the fires of Yellowstone Park in 1988. She took great pride in her 6000 volume library and 700 piece museum; and her 1930 model “A” Ford that she drove to school in 1949 and kept all her life.

Babe was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Patrick Henry and older sister Margaret “Peggy” Henry.
She is survived by her spouse of 67 years, Dave; her sons David Jr and Stanley; her daughters Tracy and Kimberly; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; as well as hundreds of friends across the nation.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday July 5, 2019 at her home in Van Petten, IL. Please contact Dave for any further information at (815) 380-8043. Arrangements by Garland Funeral Home, Walnut.

Celebration of Life:

Friday July 5, 2019 at her home in Van Petten, IL

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