Miriam Seekamp Brand
Wilmington, N.C. — Miriam S. Brand, 91 years of age, died on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 26, 1921, the daughter of John F. and Dorothea S. Seekamp. One of six children, she grew up on Long Island, N.Y. She attended public school and in 1942 graduated from Adelphi College, Garden City, N.Y. with a Bachelor of Arts degree and additional secretarial training.
During World War II, “Mimi” was employed in chemical testing for Westinghouse Electric in Springfield, Mass. She returned to New York City and worked as a secretary for Lehigh Valley Railroad. She also served as a Red Cross Nurse’s Aide at City Hospital. In 1948, she traveled west, to work at Montana State University in Missoula, Mont., then on to San Francisco, Calif., where she lived and worked until 1950.
Returning to Long Island, she married Frederick B. Brand in 1951 and lived in the Glen Cove/Sea Cliff area until they moved to Charlottesville, Va. in 1957. The Brand family returned to Long Island in 1973. They lived in Cold Springs Harbor for 11 years before retiring to Georges Mills, Lake Sunapee, N.H. The Seekamp family had been summer residents since the 1930’s. She was predeceased by her husband on Nov. 28, 2008.
In addition to her family, her greatest pleasure came from volunteering at many church and community organizations. She always kept up with family and many friends with regular correspondence. She enjoyed traveling; felt fortunate to have visited Europe, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Hawaii, the Southwest and the Canadian Rockies. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in New London, N.H. She volunteered for the New London Hospital Auxiliary and the Council on Aging.
She is survived by son, Peter F. Brand; three grandchildren, Elizabeth M., Julia A., and Christie C., of Huntington Station, N.Y.; daughter, Carolyn N. Brand, of Wilmington, N.C.; brother, R. Wesley Seekamp, of Wiscasset, Maine; sister, Lois J. Dole of Bath, Maine.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in celebration of her life by the shores of Lake Sunapee, in the summer of 2013.