March 31, 1928 - May 27, 2018
Phyllis Ann (Bryce) Brandt of Dallas, Texas passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the age of 90.
Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God. Married almost 69 years to the love of her life, Charles Joseph Brandt, Phyllis Brandt lived a life full of joy. She loved, she laughed, and she touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Phyllis was the youngest of nine children born to Charles Moody and Irene Elizabeth Bryce. She thoroughly enjoyed her childhood in her large, loving and raucous family. Her life changed dramatically at the beginning of World War II when her father died suddenly and her older brothers left to fight in the war. She always said that she thought her father’s fatal heart attack was caused by the heartache he felt knowing that his sons were going off to war. Her resourceful mother Irene Bryce, a widow left to raise a large family alone with no income, turned their home into a boarding house. Soon after losing her beloved father and seeing her older brothers go off to war, she experienced the pain of separation again when her twin brother, Philip, left home to enter the seminary. These early losses in her teen years made her appreciate the value of family and the joy of being together.
After the war, her life changed for the better on a blind date with a handsome young man who had just come home after serving his country. Charley’s cousin, Steve Brandt and Phyllis’ classmate, Julie Hastings, arranged the date. The two couples attended the First Saturday devotion at St. Francis and, afterwards, went out to eat at the Pig Stand. Their love was heaven-sent. One of the things that impressed her about this young man was how kind and gentle he was to everyone.
Their love was fruitful. Ten lucky children were born to this couple. Phyllis and Charley were open to life and they lived it fully. Their life wasn’t always easy, but it was always joyful. Their home was filled with love, faith, and laughter, and Phyllis was the heart of that home. Phyllis was a faithful Catholic. She preached the gospel of love with her life.
In addition to being a wife and mother, she was also Charley’s business partner and travel companion. They had the opportunity to travel to London, New Zealand, Greece, Turkey, Venice, Hawaii, and Germany. Their trip to Germany was much more luxurious than Charley’s first journey when he followed Patton’s tanks.
Her struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and Charley’s unwavering devotion provided us with a beautiful example of faithful marital love. We will continue to draw on their example of finding joy in suffering.
She is now reunited with her parents, seven siblings, and her daughter, Patty Fernandez.
She is survived by her beloved spouse, Charley; and their children, Beth and Kirk Barron, Rick Fernandez, C J and Martha Brandt, Jeannie and Atalay Yargicoglu, Tom and Mary Brandt, Elaine and Chris Teves, Beverly and John Grimley, Ed and Gloria Brandt, Rita and Scott Ford, and Laura and Cyle Nelson.
She is also survived by her beloved sister, Rita Burns.
Phyllis is survived also by thirty-two grandchildren and seven (soon to be eight) great-grandchildren.
Grand Children: Jennifer Allen-Barron (Bonnie), Katie Barron (Michael Williams) and Greg Barron (Michelle), Tony Fernandez (Maureen), Diana Taylor (Jake), Andy Fernandez and Michael Fernandez; Emily Brandt and Joshua Brandt, Ben Yargicoglu, Kenan Yargicoglu and Erin Yargicoglu (Aleks Babic), Nicholas Brandt, Christopher Brandt, Catherine Brandt, Anthony Brandt, Elizabeth Brandt and Stephen Brandt, JW Gooch and Joseph Gooch (Alyssa), Patrick Grimley and Alyssa Grimley, Matthew Brandt, David Brandt and Jessica Brandt, Sam Ford, Jack Ford, Max Ford and Grace Ford, Margaret Nelson, Cal Nelson and Charlie Nelson.
Great-Grand Children: Lorelei Marie Williams and baby sister due in August (Katie and Michael), John Gregory Barron (Greg and Michelle), Leo Anthony Fernandez, Elena Patricia Fernandez and Ramona Claire Fernandez (Tony and Maureen), Peter Finn Taylor and Robin Juliet Taylor (Diana and Jake).
There will be a visitation will be on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:30 (Rosary at 7:00 pm) in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.
The Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 11:00 am at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 2800 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.
A procession will follow the mass to Calvary Hill Cemetery, 3235 Lombardy Lane, Dallas, Texas 75220 where Phyllis will be laid to rest.
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