GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Friday, June 16, 2006


Ruth M. Brandon

HAVRE - Ruth M. (Thompson) Brandon, 92, a homemaker, died of natural causes Wednesday at a Havre care center.

Her funeral is 2 p.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in Chinook, with burial in Kuper Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors, all of Havre, include sons Jack Brandon, Bob Brandon and Mike Brandon; sisters Virginia Ettin and Betty Bauer; and 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Brandon; and a son, Ronald Brandon.



HAVRE DAILY NEWS Friday, June 16, 2006


RUTH BRANDON Ruth Matilda (Thompson) Brandon, 92, of Havre died of natural causes Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Northern Montana Care Center in Havre.

She was born on Aug. 6, 1914, in Basalt, Idaho. At the age of 9, she moved to Zurich with her family, where they raised sugar beets for the U&I Sugar Factory. She attended elementary school at the North Fork School, the East Chinook School, and high school in Harlem. In 1934, she married Ray Brandon, the love of her life. Together they raised four sons. They moved to Havre in 1957. He preceded her in death in 1982.

As a young mother in Chinook, she was active in the LDS Church, working in various positions in Relief Society and Primary.

She served as a Cub Scout den mother for several years. She was a lady of many talents, knitting, crocheting and embroidering beautiful things to share with family and friends. Along with her sister Virginia, she baked and decorated many beautiful cakes for weddings and special events of friends and family. She was good at fixing and cutting hair, improving on the looks of anyone who came to seek her skillful hands. She loved the outdoors, and especially enjoyed spending time at the family cabin at Beaver Creek. She loved the great Montana sky, always finding shapes in the clouds. She loved to watch things grow and always had a garden.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Josephine and Neils Christian Thompson; husband, Ray Brandon; son, Ronald; sisters, Lillian Phipps, Amy Thompson and Marilyn Bartow; and brothers, Leif, Norman, Grant, and Levi.

Survivors include her sons, Jack, Robert and Michael Brandon, all of Havre; 14 grandchildren; and sisters, Virginia Ettien and Betty Bauer of Havre.

A funeral service will be held at the LDS Church in Chinook at 2 p.m. Monday. A graveside service will be held at the Kuper Memorial Cemetery after the funeral services.

Edwards Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.