|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1934|
|Death: ||Jul. 23, 2012|
Jeanette Faye Brainard, 78, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 22, 2012.
She was born during the dustbowl and depression on May 10, 1934 in Enid to Theodore
Carl Rutz and Alma Johanna Benkendorf.
She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. As a child she was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church northwest of Enid and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Lahoma. She spent her adult life as a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where, on June 26th, 1955 she married Derald Dean Brainard, whom she had known since childhood. Their 56 year marriage was blessed with two children, Brenda Lou and Brad Lee.
She attended school at Turkey Creek School west of Imo, and graduated from Drummond High School where she lettered in Basketball and received the first award for Drama ever given at Drummond High School.
She was a devoted mother and farm wife. She worked on the family's diversified dairy and small grains farm by milking cows, driving equipment, delivering meals to the fields, and running to town for parts. She also worked at Central National Bank in Enid and served as the Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association.
She was a longtime member of her local home extension group and she was a respected authority on baking, sewing and canning. She judged numerous local, county and state fair and competitions. She held numerous terms and positions as an active member of the Associated Milk Producers Inc. Woman's Auxiliary, and she was active in the Garfield County and State Farmers Union where she served in various leadership roles.
In her later years she brought history to life for thousands of 4th grade school children where four days a week she would step back in time, ‘reclaim' her maiden name, and assume the dramatic role of ‘Miss Rutz', a 1910 schoolmarm teaching at the Turkey Creek one room schoolhouse at the Cherokee Strip Region Heritage Center in Enid. For 14 years she taught visiting children their daily lessons of reading, writing and arithmetic using nib pens, chalk and slate tablets just as it would have been taught in 1910. She took particular pride in the fact that she was teaching in the same one room schoolhouse where she received her own 3rd and 4th grade education.
She enjoyed playing cards, entertaining, gardening, cooking and attending agricultural meetings. She was active in her Church and several organizations including Associated Aid for Lutherans and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Bernita Blecka and two brothers, Bill Rutz and Evert Rutz.
She is survived by one sister, Bernice Pereboom of Enid; daughter Brenda Dewald and husband, Scott of Dover, son, Brad and wife Lisa of Enid; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 6, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church west of Enid. Memorials may be made in Jeanette's memory to Trinity Lutheran Church Perpetual Cemetery Fund in care of the Stittsworth Funeral Service, 2420 N. Washington, Enid, OK 73701.
Derald Dean Brainard (1932 - 2011)*
Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
Created by: OkieBran
Record added: Jul 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94088899
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