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Place of Birth:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Place of Death:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Florence "Katy" Brander

"Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child; for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission." - Dr. Maria Montessori.

Katy Brander loved children, and they loved her. As a model Montessori teacher for more nearly 30 years, Katy was on a mission to spread the lifelong love of learning and peace. And though her mission ended abruptly and far too soon, more than a thousand parents and students would agree that it was a mission patiently, quietly, beautifully and thoroughly accomplished.

Florence Katherine "Katy" Brander was born at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa on April 4, 1958. She attended Monte Cassino and Grimes elementary's and Nimitz Junior High. She graduated in 1976 from Charles Mason High School in Tulsa. She attended the University of Oklahoma, and graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.

Katy had a lifelong passion and soft spot for animals, always rescuing the dogs and cats that nobody else would adopt. She was also a beautiful and accomplished horsewoman, who rode horses from an early age. Two of her childhood favorites were Rare Velvet and Pretty Boy. After graduating from Stephens College, Katy worked with horses and young riders in Illinois and Kentucky. Eventually, she returned to Tulsa and worked to obtain her Montessori training and certification from Oklahoma City University. She taught children ages 2-6 at Undercroft Montessori School in Tulsa for nearly 30 years, making an indelible imprint on more than 1,000 families, and thus a profound impact on the very future of our city and the world.

Katy is preceded in death by grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Stanley A. Brander, Sr. and Mr. & Mrs. Neil Johnson, and her father Stanley A. Brander, Jr. She is survived by: her mother Jean. J. Brander; her three brothers Stanley III "Trip" with his wife Robin, Brent with his wife Shelley; and Kelly with his wife DeeDee; seven loving nieces and nephews: Cayanne, Carly, Hilary, Meredith, Sam, Cecily and Mallory; Jessica Cox, whom she helped raise like a daughter; and more than 1,000 adoring Montessori students.

Dr. Maria Montessori also said that "The things the child sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul." Katy will remain a part of our souls forever.

A catholic mass will be held at the Church of St. Mary, 1347 E. 49th Place in Tulsa, 10am, Saturday, Oct. 29.

Contributions may be made in Katy's honor to the Undercroft Tuition Assistance Fund, 3745 S. Hudson Ave., Tulsa, OK 74135.

Service Information

Time: 29-Oct-2016 10:00 a.m.
Location: Church of St. Mary
Address: 1347 East 49th Place Tulsa, Oklahoma


Kirchner Family
Forever in our hearts there will be a place for you. Gone too soon…the world has suffered a great loss. Your guidance, kindness, and pure love for our children will never be forgotten. You will be missed. Warmly, Justin, Brooke and Kennedy Kirchner.