Memorial services for Shirley Mae Brandt are scheduled for Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church, Cedaredge. Following several years of failing health, Shirley died at Horizon Care Center, Eckert, on June 13, 2016, at age 92. She is now in the presence of her Lord and Savior.
Shirley was born in Chicago, Ill., on March 2, 1924, to Frank and Margaret Rod. She was orphaned at a young age and became the foster daughter of Anna Brandt. Shirley would later change her name from Rod to Brandt. She never married.
Education included graduation from Provisio Township High School, Chicago, Rockmont College, Denver, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Religion and Baptist Bible College of Denver, receiving a Master's Degree. After a career as an educator in the Denver Public Schools, Shirley retired in 1971.
Shirley was active for many years in Bible-believing churches in the Denver area, then Montrose, and finally at First Baptist Church, Cedaredge. Her passion was missions and children's ministry and she remained faithful and diligent in her support of these ministries. From December 1968 to December 1969, Shirley served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Peru. Until the last few years, when failing health made it impossible, Shirley continued to correspond with missionaries and to support them financially.
Without living relatives for much of her life, Shirley became close with the family of the late Ernest and Elizabeth Kline of Craig, and was unofficially adopted by the family. Shirley first met the late Mary Kline (Fleming) in the early 1950s, while Mary was attending Rockmont College, and they became close friends. Shirley and Mary remained inseparable friends throughout the years and Mary's family came to love and embrace Shirley. Shirley was always thrilled when she could visit the Kline ranch near Craig.
The beautiful smile that Shirley had, her wonderful humor and the gentle teasing she enjoyed so much endeared her to many people and she was unconditionally loved. One of her hobbies was photography and she seldom was without camera to capture scenery and friends. She also enjoyed putting together Biblical word puzzles which she would copy and send to friends. Her love of children ensured her success in secular and Christian education. Being fiercely independent, the loss of driving was a difficult decision for Shirley to accept.
Shirley's greatest legacy is her faithful years of devotion to her Lord and Savior and the unwavering work and support for missions and children's ministry. Memorial donations may be directed to the First Baptist Church Missions Fund, P.O. Box 400, Cedaredge, CO 81413.