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Elizabeth Anne "Libby" Brandon

September 1, 1939 August 14, 2018
Elizabeth Anne "Libby" Brandon
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Elizabeth Anne “Libby” Brandon, 78, of Grand Ledge passed away peacefully at home on August 14, 2018. She combined her passion for music and her love for her community and country in her many creative endeavors.
Libby was born September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. She was predeceased by her parents, Maj. Gen. Gordon A. MacDonald and Hurteline (Dunlap) MacDonald, her brother Allan D. MacDonald, and her sister Mary V. MacDonald. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dean Arthur Brandon, of Grand Ledge, her daughters Kathleen Brandon McDonough (Martin) of Greenville MI, Melissa Brandon Smith (Russell) of Temperance, MI, Jennifer Ellen Brandon of Okemos MI, step-daughter Julie Brandon Vriesenga of Alto, MI, and oldest brother Gordon A. MacDonald Jr. of Okemos, MI. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Tyler A. Smith (Jill Selke), Eliza Jane Merritt (Michael), Ian B. McDonough, Anda I. Zaborowski, and Mary K. McDonough; and two great-grandchildren: Oliver H. S. Smith and Audrey D. Merritt. She is also survived by three step-grandchildren: Kari Smith, Amber Smith Yockey (Josh), and Curtis J. Smith, and their children Devon, James, George and Annabelle. She leaves behind a multitude of beloved friends, most notably Gloria Wilcox and childhood friend Linda Genik.
Libby graduated from Redford High School in Detroit in 1957, and attended Michigan State University until 1960, later returning to complete her B.A. in History at age 50. She and Dean settled in Grand Ledge in 1960 and raised their family there. Libby quickly became active in community, church, and school organizations. She served as Girl Scout leader and neighborhood chairman for twenty years, earning a Certificate of Appreciation – the second highest award offered by the Michigan Capitol Girl Scout Council – and a Twenty Year Pin. She was an active member of the P.T.A. and Music Boosters, as well as other school-related activities. She was a long-time member and past President of the ABC Club of Grand Ledge, a service club founded in 1887, which is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. She was a member of the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church for nearly 60 years.
For 31 years, Libby was writer-director of Mudge’s Follies, a local variety show held each year during the Fourth of July Yankee Doodle Days festival (both of which she named), and which donated its proceeds to the Grand Ledge Emergency Assistance Program. She was founder, writer and director of Singers on the Grand, a popular music group in the greater Lansing area that recently celebrated its 20th season. Libby was a recipient of the 1999 State of Michigan Week Volunteer Leadership Award, and the 1986 recipient of the Grand Ledge Volunteer Leadership Award. In 2002, she received the Athena Award, which recognizes professional excellence, community service, and active assistance to women in attaining excellence and leadership skills. Libby served as Grand Ledge’s Mayor Pro Tempore, and was on the Grand Ledge Planning Commission for nine years, serving as secretary, vice-chair, and chair. She was a Grand Ledge City Councilwoman for over ten years, beginning in 1988.
Libby was a long-term member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Daughters of the Confederacy, and St. Andrew’s Society, a fraternal order of Scots in the United States. She met each month for nearly 60 years with her Euchre Club, which her daughters jokingly referred to as her “Eating Club.”
Libby retired from the Grand Ledge Independent (Lansing Community Newspapers) after 29 years’ employment in the production department as a computer graphics compositor, manager and then coordinator of the department, and was a former editor of “Spotlight on Grand Ledge Schools.”
Her generous spirit knew no bounds, and she shared it not only with her family, but also the community and country she dearly loved.
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Funeral services will be held at Peters & Murray Funeral Home, 301 E. Jefferson St., Grand Ledge, Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:00 am with Rev. W.J. “Bill” Amundsen officiating. Visitations will be Friday 3-5 pm and 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge, with a luncheon to follow at the Grand Ledge Masonic Temple. Memorial contributions may be given to the Grand Ledge Emergency Assistance Program (GLEAP). Online condolences may be shared at www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com

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Visitation

Friday

17

Aug

3:00 PM 8/17/2018 3:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 8/17/2018 5:00:00 PM
Peters & Murray Funeral Home

301 E. Jefferson Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Peters & Murray Funeral Home
301 E. Jefferson Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

Visitation

Friday

17

Aug

6:00 PM 8/17/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/17/2018 8:00:00 PM
Peters & Murray Funeral Home

301 E. Jefferson Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Peters & Murray Funeral Home
301 E. Jefferson Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

18

Aug

11:00 AM 8/18/2018 11:00:00 AM
Peters & Murray Funeral Home

301 E. Jefferson Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Peters & Murray Funeral Home
301 E. Jefferson Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oakwood Cemetery Final Resting Place

301 Oakwood St.
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

301 Oakwood St. Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States
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