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Last week, on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014, my life and that of my 18 year old daughter, Victoria, were shattered beyond recognition. My lifemate, Laurie Ellen Wood Brandt, who had been married to me for just over 30 years, and who was the mother of my only child, was taken from us by a sudden and totally unexpected heart attack. She was only 62, and she had not been ill, nor had she a history of heart problems, other than high blood pressure. On the day she passed, she had complained only of minor aches and of having been sick to her stomach after lunch, and we thought she merely had a cold. I had spoken to her face to face at about five PM, just minutes before she passed, and she seemed fine - merely a little tired and run down, as one would expect from a minor cold. I went to another room in our home and thought all was well. By twenty minutes after five, when I heard our dog start barking and I went to investigate and found her, it was already too late. My own efforts with CPR and the efforts of the paramedics that arrived within 5 minutes could do nothing to save her. The autopsy indicated that her heart was so clogged with plaque that nothing would have been likely to save her. Yet we had never even suspected there was a problem with her heart - she had no symptoms at all, before the end.

My sister, Linda Brown, flew from Portland to Texas on Friday the 17th, to be with us for the weekend and give us her love and support. She was very helpful to us, and I thank her so much.

On the Saturday following Laurie's passing, the 18th, we held a wake for her, on very short notice, and directly invited about 14 local friends, asking them to pass the word to others in the local SCA and Pagan communities. Laurie didn't want a funeral. She wanted people to have a party and celebrate her life, not mourn her passing. Well... 24 people gathered that night to celebrate her life and exchange happy memories of how Laurie touched their lives. It was the most people who have ever been in our home at one time in the 20+ years that we have lived in Texas. Quite literally hundreds of other people have heard of our loss from where we or friends have posted on the Internet, and have contacted us with their condolences and offers of support and compassion. Some friends and coworkers even offered to come to our home from distant places, to help in any way they can.

Laurie is also survived by two older sisters, who live in Portland, Oregon. She will eventually be interred in Portland at Willamette National Cemetery, where my parents and grandparents are burred, in the niche that my own remains will go to when my life journey comes to an end - hopefully many years from now. We had plans of moving our family back to Portland Oregon this Summer or Fall, and Laurie was looking forward to returning there. My daughter and I will still move there, but Laurie will arrive sooner than we will. Victoria and I are still very much in shock at the loss, but we are determined to survive and to support each other. Laurie will always be remembered in our hearts, and in the hearts of many other friends and family members. May she rest in peace.


Jay Brandt
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Furry Artist

Current Residence: Austin, Texas, USA
Operating System: Mac OS X, WinXP, UNIX
Favourite cartoon character: Sarina Doyle (Cats n Cameras)

Very recently widowed in real life. Still grieving for the loss of my lifemate, and not seeking a new relationship.

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OwyiSensei Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the WATCH dear, and I read your journal, I am sorry for your lose. there's no way I could ever even imagine that sort of pain. I believe I am too young to truly and fully understand that amount of pain. but I do empathize in the best way I know how.

  regards OKT
demontec Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Howdy. Long time no see.
thebritt Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
I've just been sorting through all of the people I watch on DA, checking who's still active. I don't really use DA much myself, but I noticed you posted recently so I thought I should say hi. :ahoy: Glad to see you're still alive after the NCD! ;)
portermzdm Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I may slowly come back to life here. I've been doing some new drawing and cartooning lately, though nowhere near as much as I used to. Thanks for the comment, neongecko06!
neongecko06 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Hiya! I just noticed nobody's been commenting on your front page for five years now, so I decided to break the combo. :D Also - nice art! :w00t:
Firretayl Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav :)
starduskmoon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2005  Professional General Artist
I'm in love with your gallery!
Juxwell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005
awesome gallery keep it up :glomp:
Draconya Featured By Owner May 23, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Love your 3D art. it's so spiffy and your 2D art rocks =} Take care :hug:
imagorabbit Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005

I added you to my watch list because it was really nice to get a comment that talked about the models. :) Also, I'm always curious to see which direction you take the models in the future. :)

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