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Lois La Vaughn Brandhorst

April 23, 1929 — July 15, 2023



Lois La Vaughn Brandhorst, age 94, of Littleton, CO passed away on July 15, 2023. She was born on April 23, 1929, in Denver, CO to Philip and Ida Lull. She was the youngest of 10 children and came from a family of home builders.


Lois spent her elementary years attending different schools in Colorado. In High School, she and her family moved to Venice, California, but returned shortly after to Colorado, where she graduated from South High School in 1947. Lois went on to pursue an education at University of Denver in Secretarial Science. Soon after, she met her husband of 56 years, Edward, on a fine Labor Day weekend at a Youth Lutheran Church Retreat up in the mountains. She began her adult career as a secretary for Geo Photo, a company that helped oil companies navigate where they could drill. She enjoyed this job and was proud that she rarely misspelled a word! Ed and Lois were married on June 29, 1950, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Ed was in the Navy, which allowed them to travel to various places, including Lois’ favorite, Hawaii. Ed and Lois settled in Littleton, CO in 1954 in a family built and designed home. They started their family with the birth of Michelle (February 1955), Denise (May 1958), and Craig (August 1960). Lois stayed at home to raise her family until 1972 when she went back to work as a secretary in the school system. In 1974 the family moved into Lois’s dream home on Perry Ct. August of 1976 Lois became the first secretary to the principal at the brand new Heritage High School in Littleton. Working in the school system allowed Ed and Lois to spend summers exploring the Rocky Mountains with their family.


Lois had many interests in life. During her children’s youth, she and Ed would take them camping and fishing, creating lifelong memories they could look back on. Being an avid reader, she especially loved true crime. She always said, “When you are reading a book, you are never alone.” She also loved to shop, watch baseball, and cook & read recipes. Whenever someone was sick in the family, she would bring over a pot of her homemade chicken soup. Lois was an amazing caregiver. Among all her interests, being a mother was her most treasured role. In her later years, she enjoyed going to Blackhawk to play the penny slots.


Lois is survived by her daughters, Michelle Jordan and Denise (Ken) Lucero; grandchildren, Ryan (Lindsey) Jordan, Landon Jordan, Tyler (Elisa) Jordan, Katie (Erik) Jorgensen, Chad (Tela) Lucero, Jaime (Jake) Wildenberg, Heather Brandhorst, and Kori Brandhorst; great-grandchildren, Avery Jorgensen, Cali Jorgensen, Grady Jordan, Reilly Jordan, William Lucero, Matthew Wildenberg, and Kinley Wildenberg.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Ida Lull; husband, Edward Brandhorst; son, Craig Brandhorst; siblings, Harold Lull, Wallace Lull, Evelyn Collier, Jeanne Stines, Vivian Putman, Bob Lull, Helene Pritzel, Philip Jr. “Bud” Lull, and Kenny Lull.


Lois was of the Lutheran Faith, believing that once we pass away, we go to Heaven to be reunited with our loved ones. We find comfort in knowing she has been reunited with Ed, her family, and others who have gone before her. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.


A visitation will be held at 6:30pm on Sunday, July 30th at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO. The funeral service will take place the following day at 11am at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1701 W. Caley Ave., Littleton, CO. After a luncheon at the Church, there will be a committal service at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area “A” at 2pm, where Lois will be laid to rest with her husband.


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