ForeverMissed
Beatrice Elizabeth Ogren Kolander Brundrett was born as the snow fell in Bridgeport, CT on January 23, 1929.  At the time of her birth, the delivering doctor proclaimed that Bea was a new little snowflake for her parents Gustav A (Gus) Ogren and Hildegard Andersson Ogren.

Bea grew up in the family home built at the end of the 1800s by her paternal grandparents.  Although she was an only child, Bea was constantly surrounded by her extended family.  Two of her aunts lived on the first floor of the home and, later in her life, her two cousins Bob and Don Caterson (whom she cherished as brothers) came to live in the house as well. From helping out at the shop in the garage of the home to climbing the enormous cherry tree in the back yard, memories from growing up in the home were an integral part of Bea's DNA.

Bea attended Bassick High School in Bridgeport and went on to graduate from the nursing school at Bridgeport Hospital.  As a RN, Bea took great pride in caring for those under her charge.  Whether working in Labor & Delivery at the Catholic Hospital in Stillwater, Oklahoma, being the store nurse at Titche-Goettinger in downtown Dallas, Texas, or having the honor of being chosen to be part of the nursing team for the newly formed Cardiac Care Unit at Methodist Hospital in Oak Cliff, Bea brought a sense of deep professionalism to her job.  Even after she retired, she remained a nurse-at-heart: checking the blood pressure of neighbors and friends, being a set of expert ears when accompanying someone to a doctors appointment, and helping them understand their diagnosis and medications.

In 1949, fate brought Henry (Hank) Kolander into Bea's life.  After meeting at the wedding of mutual friends (Bea was the Maid of Honor and Hank the Best Man) and following a whirlwind romance, they married in January of 1950.  Bea moved from Bridgeport to Stillwater where Hank was finishing his engineering degree at what is now Oklahoma State University.  After college, Bea and Hank moved to Dallas - one of the many moves they would make during Hank's career.  Shortly after arriving in Dallas, they met Joe and Doris Starnes and began a lifelong friendship.  Doris and Bea quickly became like sisters and maintained their closeness the rest of Bea's life.

After Hank died in 1973, mutual friends introduced Bea to Frank Brundrett.  When they wed in 1974, Bea's immediate family grew from having two children from her marriage to Hank (Doug and Beth) to adding Frank's four adult children as well (Carolyn, Jack, Janice, and Tommy).  Bea and Frank eventually retired to Cedar Creek Lake where they lived until Frank died in 2009.  Bea continued to live in the house they built together until she moved to Virginia in 2015.

Bea always loved to be active and enjoyed many different activities.  As a child she skated (roller and ice), biked all over Bridgeport and beyond with her friends, and swam during the summer at Seaside Park.  As a teenager she acted in school productions, danced to Big Bands (sometimes without the knowledge of her parents), and went to the Cotton Club in NYC to listen to Cab Calloway.  During her adult years, Bea developed a love for water skiing, playing golf, square dancing, playing bridge, and visiting interesting places with the "Go-Go Girls" - her group of friends who would "go here and go there."  Bea enjoyed traveling all over the world: her mother's home country of Sweden, England, the Caribbean, Alaska, parts of Asia, Australia & New Zealand, and too many states count.  During her travels she would inevitably make new friends and maintain those connections over the years.  It was always amazing to see how many places around the world she would receive Christmas cards from as her former schoolmates, neighbors, work colleagues, church buddies, and friends reached out to her.

One of the most important parts of Bea's life was her faith and involvement in church.  Starting from the time she was baptized, Bea was always involved in church: attending Sunday School, confirmation at 13, Youth Group, being a part of countless study and women's groups, helping cook and serve meals, serving on committees, and volunteering in the local community.  No matter where she lived, Bea immediately joined and jumped into the life of the church including Wesley United Methodist Church, Elmwood United Methodist Church, and Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church.

Although her memory faded over the last few years, Bea loved to talk about the things she held most dear:  her family and friends.  She passed in the early morning hours of December 16, 2020 ending her life the way it began: surrounded by people she loved and with snow in the air.
Posted by Russ Stovall on January 6, 2021
Bea, what an angel you were. You were so loved by so many. Your marriage to Doc was a match made in heaven, for each of you needed one another at that time in your lives. Especially for Doc.  You inherited a large family and immediately accepted them all as your own. Janice and I are forever grateful for your love and support through the years, especially early years in our marriage.  You accepted our children as your own.  You were a loving and kind grandmother to each one of them. You were their Bea Bea.  You always had a smile and couldn't do enough for others. We so much enjoyed our visits to the lake. It didn't matter if it was one or all of us you were always happy to see us and couldn't wait to cook for us. Thank you for letting me be apart of your life. I am a better person because of it.  Love you Bea
Posted by Janice Stovall on January 5, 2021
Bea, you were truly a blessing to our family. You came along and into my daddy's life at a time when he needed you the most. My mother had just passed away and he was lost. You brought so much love and joy to him. You took the four of us kids under your wing and treated us as if we were your own. You became our mother, and grandmother to our children. I hope you know how much you meant to us. We love you, and miss you. 
Posted by Pam Meyercord on December 31, 2020
My name is Pam Woods Meyercord and my parents, Marilyn and Trent Woods were friends of Hank and Bea. My parents grew up with Hank in Shattuck, OK and later were at Oklahoma A &M together. My mother remembered Hank’s first wife who died when the violent tornado of 1948 hit their family farm.

Our family moved to Dallas in 1959 and Hank and Bea were some of the first people my parents called. I remember those long drives to Oak Cliff (before the freeways) to visit their home. Doug was very young then but he might have some memories of my brother, Bobby, who was closer to his age. I know that the two couples had a lot of fun together.

I’m so glad to read the long tribute here and to see all the photos. I remember Bea with her stylish, dark hair. So pretty.

My father died in 2018 and Mother passed away last year. She had dementia but remembered every detail of her youth and all their friends. They spent their final years back in Shattuck.

I know you will miss your mother. I am so thankful that you put her obituary in the Dallas paper. I hope you get some comfort from hearing from someone who knew your mother so long ago.
Posted by kari brundrett on December 31, 2020
Love you! Miss you so much!!
Posted by Greg Foster on December 22, 2020
I was honored to have Bea as my mother-in-law. Bea brought joy and happiness to those lucky enough to interact with her. She lived life to the fullest, practically to her last breath. I miss her dearly, as I know so many others do as well.
Posted by Beth LaBella-Foster on December 22, 2020
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Posted by Russ Stovall on January 6, 2021
Bea, what an angel you were. You were so loved by so many. Your marriage to Doc was a match made in heaven, for each of you needed one another at that time in your lives. Especially for Doc.  You inherited a large family and immediately accepted them all as your own. Janice and I are forever grateful for your love and support through the years, especially early years in our marriage.  You accepted our children as your own.  You were a loving and kind grandmother to each one of them. You were their Bea Bea.  You always had a smile and couldn't do enough for others. We so much enjoyed our visits to the lake. It didn't matter if it was one or all of us you were always happy to see us and couldn't wait to cook for us. Thank you for letting me be apart of your life. I am a better person because of it.  Love you Bea
Posted by Janice Stovall on January 5, 2021
Bea, you were truly a blessing to our family. You came along and into my daddy's life at a time when he needed you the most. My mother had just passed away and he was lost. You brought so much love and joy to him. You took the four of us kids under your wing and treated us as if we were your own. You became our mother, and grandmother to our children. I hope you know how much you meant to us. We love you, and miss you. 
Posted by Pam Meyercord on December 31, 2020
My name is Pam Woods Meyercord and my parents, Marilyn and Trent Woods were friends of Hank and Bea. My parents grew up with Hank in Shattuck, OK and later were at Oklahoma A &M together. My mother remembered Hank’s first wife who died when the violent tornado of 1948 hit their family farm.

Our family moved to Dallas in 1959 and Hank and Bea were some of the first people my parents called. I remember those long drives to Oak Cliff (before the freeways) to visit their home. Doug was very young then but he might have some memories of my brother, Bobby, who was closer to his age. I know that the two couples had a lot of fun together.

I’m so glad to read the long tribute here and to see all the photos. I remember Bea with her stylish, dark hair. So pretty.

My father died in 2018 and Mother passed away last year. She had dementia but remembered every detail of her youth and all their friends. They spent their final years back in Shattuck.

I know you will miss your mother. I am so thankful that you put her obituary in the Dallas paper. I hope you get some comfort from hearing from someone who knew your mother so long ago.
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Bea's Love of Travel

Bea loved to travel - a love that developed very early in her life.  When she was a young child Bea traveled with her mother, Hildegard, to visit her mom's family in Sweden.  Spending all Summer there and being surrounded by only Swedish, Bea actually forgot how to speak English.  In fact, because her English was so poor at that point, when Bea tried to enroll in kindergarten that Fall the teacher wouldn't allow Bea in the class.  Bea continued to travel all over the country and the world and, in later years, enjoyed reliving her travels through sharing stories of her adventures and looking through the 10+ photo albums she had of past travels.

Bea's Children (Chapter 1)

Bea and Hank had two children: Doug and Beth.  She was the type of mom who took a genuine interest in their activities.  Whether driving Doug and his friends to scouting retreats or cooking for Beth's confirmation class, Bea's devotion to her children knew no end.

Bea and Frank

Bea was blessed to have two wonderful marriages.  After the death of her first husband, Bea met and married Frank Brundrett.  For over 35 years they enjoyed life to the fullest and created an endless number of incredible memories.  Whether traveling abroad or here at home, Bea and Frank were proof that love is just as good the second time around.
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Go-Go Girls

Shared by Beth LaBella-Foster on December 22, 2020
Not many people can say their mom/grandmother/great-grandmother is a "Go-Go Girl" but we could!  Every month Bea and a group of friends would visit a point of interest or fun spot just to spend the day together in a new and different way.  From historical sites to the horse races, the Go-Go Girls would go here and go there, laughing and eating all the way.

Bea and Doris

Shared by Beth LaBella-Foster on December 22, 2020
Most sisters are born to the same family but not Bea and Doris.  They found each other in their 20s and instantly connected.  Through good times and bad, each knew they could share whatever was on their heart and/or mind with the other and never be judged.  Theirs was a friendship for the ages and deeply treasured by both.