Natishua Rose Mote Brandt

March 21, 2024

Natishua Rose Mote Brandt passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 2024, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas, with The Reverend Samantha Smith officiating. Reception with family will be held after the service from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the church. Interment will follow at McGregor Cemetery in McGregor, Texas.

Natishua was born on a farm near Moody, Texas, on October 8, 1941, to Iva Yetive (Hargett) Mote and Thomas Anderson Mote. She attended McGregor schools and graduated from McGregor High School in 1960. Natishua attended Texas Christian University and then Baylor University, where she received both her bachelor’s degree in 1965 and her master’s degree in 1976.

Natishua married Walter Gerhart Brandt on January 2, 1965, in McGregor, Texas. After living in Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Library of Congress, the couple would return to McGregor. She worked as an educator in Waco and Moody and then spent time working for the Texas Youth Council in Gatesville. After taking the time to stay home with her children, she returned to teaching at Reicher Catholic High School and finished her career at McGregor High School.

Natishua joined Saint James’ Episcopal Church in McGregor, Texas, and served on the Alter Guild, Vestry, and as President of the ECW. Later, she transferred her membership to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas, and was a member of Saint Paul’s Guild and Saint Margaret’s Guild, along with serving on the Board of the ECW. She also participated in the McLennan County Retired Teachers Association, where she served on several committees and as a greeter.

Natishua joined the Henry Downs Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as regent, vice-regent, secretary, librarian, and parliamentarian. Becoming a member brought together two of her interests: history and genealogy. She enjoyed reading and travel, visiting many places tied to her family’s past.

Natishua enjoyed spending time with her family and took great pride in the accomplishments of her children and grandson.

She was preceded in death by her son, Marcus; her husband, Walter; parents, Iva and Charles Turner; and father, Thomas Anderson Mote.

She is survived by her sons, Brian Brandt (Kari) and Dr. Karl Brandt; her grandson, Barrington Brandt; sister-in-law, Marie Perry; and brother-in-law Cliff Cooper.

Memorials can be made to the charity of your choice.

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