PORTAGEVILLE - Irene C. Brands, 80, died Nov. 23, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
Born March 15, 1924, at Portageville to the late Josephine Glastetter Eftink and John Eftink, she was a member of the St. Eustachius Catholic Church where she participated in the Ladies of Sodality. Also she was a 4-H leader and a volunteer at the Portageville Nursing Center.
On Aug. 5, 1947, at Portageville, she married Henry Brands, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Rita Brands, Michael and Sheila Brands and Mark and Karen Brands of Portageville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Gene Mallett of South Haven, Miss., and Becky and Kevin Scott of Bartlett, Tenn; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred and Evelyn Eftink of Quincy, Ill., Albert and Martha Eftink of Chaffee, Arthur and Adaline Eftink of Oran and Robert and Matilda Eftink of Portageville; one sister, Sister Nora House of Nazareth in St. Louis; 11 grandchildren, Christina Brands, Natalie Nobel, Micah Ann Brands, Jared Brands, Trevor Brands, Carri Haertling, Sara French, Jim Brands, Becky Salmon, Kelly Scott and Jonathan Scott; and three great-grandchildren, Ameilia Tornatore, Ryan Nobel and Chase Haertling.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Mary Josephine Richards, who died March 23, 1959, and two brothers, Raymond and Leo Eftink.
Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. today at the St. Eustachius Catholic Church in Portageville with the Rev. Allen Saunders officiating.
Burial followed in the Portageville Cemetery under the direction of DeLisle Funeral Home of Portageville.
Memorial donations may be made to:
Memorial and Honor Program
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105-1942