Mary Patricia Brandt

BRANDT, Mary - Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by all her family on December 25, 2018. Known to her family as “Mimi,” she will always be remembered as the Matriarch of the Brandt family, and a lifelong resident and community supporter of Healdsburg.

Born Mary Patricia Wattles on Aug. 29, 1925 to S. L. and Chalmers Wattles, she attended Healdsburg schools and graduated from Healdsburg High School in 1942. Mary attended San Jose State from 1942 to 1944 and married Milton Brandt on May 6, 1944. She became vice president of Brandt Insurance when her husband founded the business in 1962, and still holds the title today.

Throughout her life, Mary was very involved in the community, including being past president of the Healdsburg PTA, den mother for the Healdsburg Cub Scout Pack 21, former board member of the “Friends of Lake Sonoma,” past president of the Healdsburg Soroptimist Club and a volunteer for the North County Republican Club, working on various committees. Brandt has also volunteered for March of Dimes, Citizens for Community Improvement and Russian River Property Owners Associations.

She was a cherished wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and a friend to many.

Mary was preceded in death by her brother Jack Wattles D.V.M. & nephew Rick Wattles D.V.M., and survived by her brother S.L. “Wood” and Vi Wattles of Carson City, NV.

She was the beloved wife of the late F.M. “Milt” Brandt of Healdsburg, loving mother of Sally Smith (Barry), Jack Brandt (Lindsay), Joe Brandt, and Jane Conley (Dale). She was the admired grandmother of Amy Brandt Browning (Craig), Todd Brandt (Nancy), Casey Conley (Jenee), Cary Greaves (Dan), Ty Smith, Shannon Smith (Chris), Rachel Brandt Toste (PJ), and Justin Brandt (Jestinne), and adored great grandmother of Connor & Alivia Browning, Cole & Julia Conley, Milton & Parker Brandt, Layla, Lucas and Mia Greaves, Trick Smith, Alex and Max Kmiec, and Hailey Toste.

Private interment, Oak Mound Cemetery. Celebration of life for friends and family will take place on Friday, January 11, 1:00 p.m., Villa Chanticleer, 900 Chanticleer Way, Healdsburg, CA 95448.

Donations in the memory of Mary may be made to the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society, 221 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448 or Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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A 10-year anniversary letter to Mary from Milt,

dated May 6, 1954

(On Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital letterhead –

Milt was still recovering from Polio)

Ten years of married life,

With Mary as my pretty wife

We’ve had our grins, we’ve had our frowns

We’ve had our ups, we’ve had our downs

And when the years had measured three

We had our 1st surprise named Sally

And when the years had measured four

Here we were expecting more

And when Mary got over her aching back

This little fellow was called Jack

Another year had measured five

And along came our 3rd surprise

Another boy so fat and rosy,

We had a Jack we called this one Joey

Two more years went slipping past

And our prayers again were answered at last

Since this one was a little dame,

We decided to call her Mary Jane

Two more years have gone again,

So that brings us up to ten

Ten years seems quite a spell,

Since the first clear ring of the wedding bell

But if I could do it all again,

Instead of four there would be Ten

Happy Anniversary Honey

and all my love now & always



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