Patricia A. Brand 1926 – 2018

Fort Collins, Colo. - Patricia A. Brand, 91, passed away recently following a brief illness.  She was born in 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Elmer and Ruth (Fulmer) Tatum.

Patricia graduated from East High School in Des Moines.  She attended Iowa State University and earned a B.S. degree in Home Economics.

She married Carroll R. Brand on February 22, 1949.  They farmed for nine years and then Carroll worked for 10 years in several banks in Iowa and Nebraska.  In 1969, they bought the Bank of Osborn in Osborn.  Patricia managed the daily operations of the bank, while Carroll managed the loans.  Together they made quite a team.  In 1994, Carroll retired, while Patricia became Chairman of the Board.  They devoted almost 40 years to this enterprise.  In 2012, Patricia moved to Fort Collins.

Patricia was a faithful homemaker, as well as a business partner with her husband.  She learned the banking business "from scratch", despite having no previous training or experience in banking.  She enjoyed sewing, reading, classical music, and history.  Her genealogy records of both sides of the family are exceptionally accurate and precise.  She enjoyed travel and was always curious about new places and cultures.  She valued higher education and encouraged her daughters to pursue college degrees, careers, self-reliance and independence.  She loved dogs, and in her later years her daughter's dogs were a great source of joy and comfort.  

Patricia's faith in Christ was very important to her.  She was always active in a local Baptist church; teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and playing the piano and organ for services.  In later years, she was a member of Front Range Baptist Church in Fort Collins.  She was a proud member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Gideons International, American Legion Auxiliary, and American Business Women's Association.  

Survivors include two daughters; Nancy (Mike) Ramirez, Gladstone, and Susan Brand (Harry Mueller), Fort Collins, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll, an infant son, Robert Wayne, a sister, Phyllis McKeever, a brother, John Dean Tatum, and her parents. 

A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Columbine West Health, Rigden Farm, LuAnn Smith of Covell Care, Alpha Omega Health, and Halcyon Hospice.

Funeral Service will be held March 6, at 11 am, at Bohlender Funeral Home, 121 W. Olive St., Fort Collins.

Interment and Graveside Service:  Evergreen Cemetery, Osborn, Mo., March 13, at 11 a.m.

Memorial gifts to Front Range Baptist Church, Fort Collins, Co.

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