Olympia Mary Brunt, age 94, a longtime resident of The Dalles, passed away peacefully on November 29th, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she resided for the last three years of her life.
A member of a family originally from Andalusia, Spain, who settled in New Mexico over 400 years ago, she was born May 4th, 1920, in San Marcial, New Mexico, the 2nd of three children born to Juan Paul Garcia and his wife, Juanita Gallegos Garcia.
Following the destruction of San Marcial by flood in 1929, her father, a Santa Fe Railroad employee, moved his family to Los Angeles, California, where Olympia and her two sisters were raised and educated.
Olympia graduated from Huntington Park High School in 1938 and from the five year nursing program at Los Angeles County Hospital in 1943.
During WWII, she served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in both the Pacific and European Theatres of Operation. While stationed in Europe, she met and married William Swaim Brunt of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on June 6th, 1945, in Paris, France.
Following the war, they lived in Los Angeles, California and Roseburg, Oregon, before settling in The Dalles in 1959, where Olympia practiced nursing at the Wasco County Public Health Department and at Mid-Columbia Medical Center (formerly The Dalles General Hospital).
For many years following her retirement, Olympia continued the practice of nursing at many area nursing homes.
She was a long-time member of St Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles, and during the last years of her life was a communicant at Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she will be missed by many.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, crocheting. But most especially, she enjoyed working as a volunteer crew member of “Mi Casa Shoe Casa,” a popular and much-loved Special Shape hot air balloon, during the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Olympia was preceded in death by her daughter Mary Catherine; her husband William; her parents Juan and Juanita Garcia; both sisters, Mary Garcia and Lallie A. Jacobs; and her son in law JT Palmer, Sr.
She is survived by one son, William; three daughters, Barbara, Geralynne and Judith; two grandsons, JT Palmer, Jr. and Taylor Brunt; three great grandchildren, JT Palmer III, William Palmer and Catherine Nicole Palmer; as well as by her two much -loved great great grandchildren, Marlee and Haelin Palmer.
Mrs Brunt's family and her many friends in Albuquerque would like to express their deep appreciation to Dr Luis Garcia and the staff of the Albuquerque Veteran's Association Medical Center, who provided her with such meticulous care and support during the last years of her life.
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