Georgene Fayette "Brandy" Rochow passed away peacefully in Anaheim Hills, Calif. February 6, 2014 surrounded by her daughters. She was 89. Brandy was born August 24, 1924, in Fresno, Calif. to George and Edith Phillips and was a great-granddaughter of Eli K. Anderson, famed Oregon pioneer. She was a graduate of Ashland High School and joined the U.S. Navy as a W.A.V.E. in 1944 during WWII. After the war ended, Brandy headed to Southern California to seek fame and fortune but ended up married with three daughters instead!
Brandy's true passion in life was entertaining, most notably on stage, starring in many theatrical productions in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in her earlier years, before moving back to her Oregon roots in 1990 with her loving husband, Frank, where she graced the stage in numerous productions at Studio X, Ashland, Actors Theatre in Talent, and ACT Theatre in Ashland.
Brandy was best known for her charismatic and vibrant personality, quick humorous wit, and sense of style. She was an active contributor in the Rogue Valley community, volunteering her time and support to numerous organizations, including Rogue Opera Guild, Rogue Valley Symphony Guild, Southem Oregon Historical Society's Gold Diggers, SMART readers, taught a class on plays for Solir (So. Oregon University), and was a Pink Lady at Rogue Valley Hospital. Her keen fashion sense made her a natural for coordinating, modeling, and producing numerous fundraiser fashion shows for the Symphony Orchestra.
Brandy returned to California in 2007 to be closer to family. She is survived by her three daughters, Leslie Garcia of Nashville, Tenn., Susie Fowler of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Barbi Grom of Fullerton, Calif.; six grandchildren, Tracy and Cody Garcia, Katy Benjamin, J.T. Muhrer, and Ian and Tessa Grom.; and great-granddaughter, McKenzie Brown. Her beloved husband, Frank Rochow, and two cherished dogs, Lucky and Susie, preceded her in death.
She lived a great life, full of laughter, dear friends, and love to the very end. Friends and family will be planning a private celebration of her life in Oregon in August 2014.