Kay (Niernberger) Brandt ’67

Kay 1967 Brandt, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, artist and gardener, age 69 of Highlands Ranch, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She was born to Leo and Lietta Niernberger on March 29, 1949 in Hays, Kansas. She married Jim “JB” Brandt on August 27, 1994. 

In addition to her husband, Kay is survived by her son Ryan McMullen and his wife Staci; daughter Amber Tokle and her husband Brian; Jim’s children Barb Brandt and Scott Brandt; grandchildren Rylie McMullen, Jameson Tokle, Delanie McMullen, Lauren Brandt, Jack Tokle and Griffin Tokle; brother Nick Niernberger and his wife Pauletta; brother Greg “Skeeter” Niernberger and his wife Sue; sister Mary Ann Ross and her husband Dan; sister Jackie Bollig and late husband Rick; brother Mike Niernberger and his wife Steph; sister-in-law Deborah Hall and husband Ellsworth; and many cousins, nephews and nieces and their children.

Kay grew up in Hays, Kansas and graduated from Marian High School. Shortly after she moved from Kansas to Colorado she began her career as a store manager at Sears. She worked there for many years and developed several friends for life. She met her beloved husband in 1992 and they were married in 1994 in the garden of their home that she had decorated beautifully. Kay spent her time attending to her gardens and found peace through painting, creating, and decorating. She adored the time with her family and loved to laugh with her grandkids. She spent as much time with her grandkids as she could, following their sporting events and performances at their schools. Her determination and attention to detail was admired by many. Through her battle and fight with cancer, she remained positive and was at peace with God. She will live in our hearts everyday and watch over us as our guardian angel. 

A Celebration of Her Life for all those that loved her and wish to attend will be held Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:00 am in Highlands Ranch, Colorado at St. Andrew United Methodist Church at 9203 S. University Blvd. A lunch reception at the church will immediately follow the memorial service. 

Help the Gardens Grow! In memory of Kay, a fund has been set up for purchase of a tribute paver and donations to enhance and conserve the beauty of the gardens at the Denver Botanical Gardens. Donations can be made through the Donate page on the website. Please note on the Tribute line and state, “In Memory of Kay Brandt”. Thank you!