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May 16, 2014

Family celebrates mother's 100th birthday, Mother's Day

ORANGE — The saying ‘Any woman can be a mother, but it takes someone special to be a mom’ had Lucille Brandon in mind.

A woman who’s smile warms one heart while speaking with her.

Brandon, who will celebrate 100 years later this month, lost her husband, Joseph Brandon Sr., when their own child, Louise, was just 14 years old.

Brandon and her daughter shared many memorable moments during occasions of shopping each Saturday and having lunch at the Golden Triangle, once located on Green Ave. in Orange.

“For four years, it was just mom and myself,” Louise Robinson, Brandon’s daughter, said. “We would go shopping every Saturday. That was our Saturday thing. Then we would have a hamburger for lunch. I think they sold dinner plates as well, but we always got the hamburger and a drink.”

Robinson also recalls her mother taking her to church every Sunday morning and attending the Sunday evening services as well.

“She loves the Lord,” Robinson said. “She always put church and God first. She made sure we went to mission, Bible study every Wednesday. She has always treated others the way she wants to be treated.”

Robinson has spent every evening with her mother for the six years prior to relocating to a nursing home a year ago.

“My wife is there with her every day,” Joe Robinson, Louise’s husband said.

Brandon quoted Hebrews 13:2-3: ‘Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body’ when asked about starting over with motherhood.

Louise was 18 and a senior in high school, when Brandon took in six children to raise.

The children, two boys and four girls, ranged in age from nine years old down to 11 months old.

“They are my nephew’s children,” Brandon said. “He needed help and I took all six of them.”

Brandon’s nephew worked as a merchant marine which leads to extended stays away from home according to his daughter, Tammy Taylor.

“She is the best thing that ever happened to us,” Taylor said. “She’s a jewel.”

Taylor said Brandon had breakfast made for them every morning and made lunches for each of them.

“She would have slices of bread all across the table making those sandwiches,” Taylor said. “There were six of us children.”

Taylor said she could recall Brandon taking them to church every Sunday.

“She is a very spiritually grounded,” Taylor said. “She is truly a blessing to us and Louise was just like a big sister to us.”

Taylor recalls that every year a week after Thanksgiving, Brandon would put up a silver Christmas tree with blue rotating lights.

“Christmas, the kitchen would smell so good with all her cooking. She would make everything including the pies and cakes,” Taylor said. “They would have all the gifts wrapped and under the tree for the month leading to Christmas. Of course, we kids would get into those presents. She always found out we got into the gifts.”

Brandon, a member of St. Paul's CME Church, 1201 4th Street in Orange, is also known for loving her coffee and loving to dress up for the holidays.

“She loves to dress for all the holidays,” Taylor said. “She loves her hats.”

Brandon said her mother always taught her to honor her elders and it was important how you treat people.

“The Bible says, ‘Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine,” Brandon said referring to I Timothy 5:17.

Brandon said she could recall trying to wake one of the girls each Sunday morning for church telling her she needed to get up if she wanted to go to heaven.

“She would tell me she did not want to go to heaven,” Brandon said with a laugh. “She is a good Christian woman now, but then she did not care what day of the week it was, she just wanted to sleep.”

When asked what advice she would give a young mother, Brandon gave a simple answer.

“I did my best,” Brandon said. “They all have jobs and doing pretty good today.”

Brandon was asked about her upcoming 100th birthday.

“If the Lord let’s me live,” Brandon said with a smile. “I want to go to heaven, so I have got to be good to go to Jesus.”

Brandon then stressed the importance of prayer by quoting ‘Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine’ 2 Timothy 4:2 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

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