September 22, 1924 ~ August 16, 2004
Margaret G. Brant
Margaret G. Brant, age 79, died peacefully at her home in Manhattan Beach on August 16, 2004.
Dr. Brant was born in 1924 in Davenport, Nebraska to Charles and Bessie Brant. She spent her childhood in Nebraska with her family until 1946 when she moved to California to study at the California Hospital School of Nursing. She received her Bachelors Degree from USC in 1949, her Masters Degree from UCLA in 1961, and her doctorate in 1987 through Nova University in Florida. She worked at several hospitals in the greater Los Angeles area until 1962, when she began teaching at El Camino College. In 1964 she became the Director of Nursing at El Camino, a position which she held until she retired in 1990. She was a member of the American Nurses' Association and the California Nurses' Association, and served both organizations in various capacities. She was active in her church, where she was a member of the Church Council. Though she never married, Margaret was a mother and grandmother to all, and her strength and generosity made her an inspiration to everyone who knew her.
Margaret traveled extensively, and some of her fondest memories were of these travels. In the late 1950's she obtained her private pilot's license and with her lifelong friends Howard Fishel and Mary Ann Preach took many flying vacations including trips to Mexico (1957), Alaska (1958), and the eastern United States (1958). During the 1970s Margaret and her friends visited many international locations beginning with Africa in 1970, followed by Russia (1971), Europe (1974), Egypt (1975), Greece and Turkey (1977), and Alaska (1978). Their final trip together was in 1981, when they visited China; as with their trip to Russia, they were part of one of the first tour groups allowed to visit China. In 1987 Margaret went on a trip with her sister, Naomi, to Australia. She didn't travel abroad for another ten years until she went to Israel and Egypt with members of her church. In 1998 she traveled with members of her church again, this time to Greece. Her final trip abroad took place in 1999, when she toured the Caribbean, South America, and Central America with her grand-nephew Michael. This trip included passage through the Panama Canal, a site which was a highlight for Margaret. During these years she also took many family vacations within the United States, sharing these trips with her parents, sister Naomi, nieces Nancy and Carol, grand-nephews Robert and Michael, and grand-niece Meghan. Margaret's final piece of advice to everyone is to travel when you can, because you'll never regret it.
During her later years, Margaret shared her home with her niece Nancy and Nancy's husband Harry, along with their children Robert and Michael. She is also survived by her sister Kay, and nephews Robert and Dale, nieces Karen, Kathy, and Carol and their children.
Though we all wish we could have had more time with Margaret, we thank God for the peace that He has now granted her. Margaret forever changed the lives of those around her through the person that she was, and will be remembered with love by those whom she touched. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran church, 1340 11th St., Manhattan Beach, CA. on August 28 at 11:00 AM. Margaret was passionate about the importance of education, so, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the El Camino College Foundation (16607 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90506) for the Margaret G. Brant Nursing Scholarship.
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