Born in Tyler, Texas, on September 14, 1925, she was looking forward to celebrating her 88th birthday with her family.
Evelyn grew up in Houston, and later moved to Victoria, Texas, in the early 1940s, where she held variety of jobs. At that time, she met and married William Brandau Jr., who was serving in the U.S. Navy after enlisting during World War II. As a military spouse, she traveled extensively in the U.S. and also foreign locations, including Naples, Italy, before settling down in Beeville, with her family. While in Beeville, she found time to raise a family and pursue a career in retailing at the NAS Exchange. At the same time, she was a devoted wife and mother, volunteering extra time to supporting the local chapter of Girls Scouts, DeMolays and Rainbow Girls, and was active in the Methodist Church. She excelled at her passions of cooking, sewing, gardening and creating a park-like oasis at Kai Lane, the Brandau home, in Beeville. After a 25 year career with AFEES, the military retailing division, she retired, alongside her husband, and pursued her passion of gardening. At the same time, she enjoyed frequent visits of all her children and grandchildren and was even able to spend time with great-grandchildren in her later years. She is survived by her husband, William, and her children Bill, Gail and Nancy, and an extended family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Evelyn’s life, and a remembrance service, were planned for family and close friends on Saturday, September 14, 2013, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the family home in Beeville.