Ramona Belle “Rosie” Brand was born April 11, 1930 in Rice Township, Ringgold County, IA. She passed away March 19, 2021 at the Mount Ayr Health Center at the age of 90.
She was the fifth child of nine born to Merle Carlton and Gladys Emile McCarty Reynolds. She lived her whole life in Ringgold County and graduated from Mount Ayr High School with the class of 1948. Rosie was married to Clyde Edgar Brand on May 23, 1948 at the Methodist parsonage in Kellerton, IA. To this union four children were born: James Allen, David Eugene, Cynthia Ann and Gary Dean.
Rosie was a lifelong homemaker, wife and mother. She enjoyed embroidering and made many baby quilts, pillowcases, tea towels and dresser scarves. Rosie enjoyed attending church, playing bingo and exercises at the senior center. She was a good listener and gave honest opinions, that we didn’t always want to hear. Her nieces and nephew were always welcomed at Aunt Rosie’s.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Brand and her parents, parents-in-law, Lewis and Madge Brand. Brothers: John Reynolds, Burl and Deloris Reynolds, Francis and Loretta Reynolds, Ronald Reynolds. Sisters: Dorothy and Richard Campbell, Roena and Junior Dredge, Opal (Jeane) and Edgar Robertson, Virginia (Ginger) and Raymond Gaule. Brothers-in-law/sisters-in-law: Harold Brand, Earl Brand, Dean Brand, Ainslee Triggs, Margaret Brand, Robert Schafer, Lyle Gilliland and Walter Cobb.
She is survived by her children: James (Ruth) Brand, David (Ellen) Brand, Cynthia (Richard) Snethen, Gary (Linda) Brand. Grandchildren: Kelly Jo Brand (friend, Tim Rice), Karen (Ryan) Murphy, Jennifer (Michael) Younts, Shelli (Robert) Testroet, Scott (April) Brand, Leigh Ann (James) Freeman, Travis (Julie) Snethen, Joseph Snethen, Edwin (Melissa) Brand, Andrew, (Michelle) Brand, Jason (Marcee) Brand, Nathaniel Brand, Megan Brand, Melissa (Scott) Byerly, Jennifer (Mathew) Wandell, Cynthia Uhlman. Great grandchildren: Sarah (Clint) Atkison, Zachary Robinson, Nickolas Newton, Demi Collins, Gabrielle, Alexander and Cassandra Younts, Alissa and Emily Testroet, Emma, Marie, Mason and Grace Brand, Deva Freeman, Tanner and Jaynee Snethen, Rori, Vincent and Elizabeth Snethen, Aiden, Noelle and Asher Brand, Ashlyn Brand, Brook Stone-Byerly, Alexandra and Wyatt Wandell. Great great grandchildren: Brookelynn Robinson, Raiden and Madison Atkison and Peyton Robinson. Brothers/sisters-in-law: Shari Reynolds, Lois Triggs, Wilma Schafer, Betty Cobb, Jean Gilliland, Lee and Shirley Brand, Paul and Georgia Brand and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr.
Officiating was Pastor Emily Peasley.
Songs were “In The Garden”, “How Great Thou Art” and “Hymn of Promise”.
Active casket bearers were Travis Snethen, Scott Brand, Ryan Murphy, Michael Younts, Robert Testroet, Zachary Robinson, Nickolas Newton and Clint Atkison.
Honorary casket bearers were Joseph Snethen, Jim Freeman, Edwin Brand, Andrew Brand, Jason Brand, Nathaniel Brand, Scott Byerly, Tim Rice and Mathew Wandell.
Burial was at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, IA.
Memorials are to the Mount Ayr Public Library and Ringgold County Senior Center.

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