After a long illness, Delberta Brainard went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, September 12, 2012. Delberta, known in her younger days as "Bert" was born in Hornersville, MO on January 12, 1923 to Franklin and Nellie Moore. She was the second offour girls born to sharecroppers in the Missouri bootheel. She met and married Lee Brainard, her husband of 40 years. They wed during WWII and shortly after she went to live with his family in Enid, OK when he was relocated to England. They were reunited on her birthday three years later when he returned from the war.
They established their family home on a farm northwest of Parsons, KS. There, three of four children were born, Connie, Carol and David. Dana was born after the family moved to "the City." Delberta was the picture of an industrious homemaker. She was a multi-tasker before the word was coined. Cooking, sewing, gardening, canning and raising four children along with volunteering for various church responsibilities kept her busy. Yet, she always had time to share a meal, an iris rizome, or her time with a friend or neighbor.
She will also be missed by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Going to Grandma's house, playing games at the kitchen table, eating strawberries from the garden, picking up pecans in the pasture were some of the things that made special lifelong memories.
Delberta was predeceased by her husband Lee, sisters Maxine Newton and Frankie Moore, five brothers-in-law, Ruben Frech, Paul Kellert, Calvin, Harold, and Derald Brainard and three sisters-in-law, Florence Frech, Evelyn Kellert, and Jeanette Brainard. She is survived by her children, Connie and husband Andy Dantes, Carol and husband Myron Albrecht, David and wife Ronda Brainard and Dana and husband Kelly Parker, and two sisters-in-law, June Brainard and June Calaway.
She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Lisa and husband Corey Fincher, Jeffry and wife Tanya Parsells, Stephani Suhre, Christa and husband John Vegas, Tao and wife Jen Albrecht, Ariel and husband George Braswell, Johnathan Brainard, and Gabriel and Ian Parker as well as great grandchildren, Ashlyn, Peyton and Lane Fincher, Denton, Mason and Avery Parsells, Lily Suhre, Guy and Owen Vegas and Grace and Evelyn Albrecht.
A memorial service will be held Monday, September 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 8811 West Wilshire, Oklahoma City, OK. Interment will follow the service at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church.