Loved to garden in her spare time

Barbara Elaine (Graves) Brandon, age 73, of Sunrise Beach, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach.  She was born January 21, 1939, in Pittsburg, Kansas, a daughter of the late William Edgar and Ethel M. Zehr Graves.

 On July 7, 1957, in North Kansas City, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Carl L. “Nick” Brandon, who survives the home.

 Barbara was an insurance agent for Nationwide Insurance in Kansas City for 15 years.  She then worked for Gallagher Woodsmall Insurance in Kansas City and most recently worked for American Insurance Source in Laurie.

 In her spare time she enjoyed flower gardening and shopping.  She was also a seamstress and a wonderful cook.

 In addition to her husband, Carl “Nick” Brandon, she is survived by her sons, Michael Brandon of the home and Kevin Brandon of Kansas City, Missouri; three grandchildren, Amanda Brandon, Courtney Brandon and Mallory Brandon; her daughter-in-law, Paula Brandon of North Kansas City, Missouri; her brother, Edgar “Bill” Graves and wife Jana of Trimble, Missouri; four loving aunts; and many other relatives and friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Gary Brandon.

 A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 4, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.  Expressions of sympathy may be left online at  Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.