Brandie McDonald, 42, of Greene, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2022, at the Floyd County Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30a.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home in Charles City with Pastor Coulter Page from Bethany Alliance Church officiating.
Visitation will be held from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home and continue one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
Brandie Lee McDonald was born on July 30, 1980, to Karen Meyer and Dan McDonald in Charles City, Iowa. Brandie’s sister, Danielle Nicole, joined the family in June 1982. Brandie attended school in the Charles City school district and graduated from Charles City High School in May, 1999.
In June 2004, Brandie married Jamie O’Dowd. From that union, two children were born, Carter and Isabelle.
Brandie was a valued employee at the Floyd County Medical Hospital where she was employed for 22 years. In the hospital, she served in the kitchen, at the front desk, but mostly in housekeeping. She enjoyed the housekeeping service and made sure each patient felt valued and their needs were met. She thought of the FCMH staff as family and her co-workers had reciprocal feelings.
Brandie loved her kids. During her free time, she faithfully attended sports and other school activities that involved Carter and Izzy. She loved taking pictures of her kids at their sporting events and family times together. Brandie enjoyed any activity that kept her outside in the hot summer Iowa days. She enjoyed planting flowers, going camping, fishing, sitting by a fire pit with her children, shopping at garage sales, and dancing. Brandie enjoyed attending county fairs and Figure 8 car races. She expressed her creativity by making wreaths and other decorations.
With the support of many friends and family, Brandie bravely faced her stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Her best friend since her grade school days, Melissa (Missy) Pitzenberger, strongly supported Brandie through her cancer diagnosis and treatment plan, ensuring there was fun and joy throughout a difficult time as well as practical assistance. Throughout their friendship, they would attend craft workshops, celebrate birthdays, go tubing, and spend time with their children at a cabin.
Brandie is survived by her children, Carter and Izzy, her parents, Karen Meyer and Dan McDonald, sister Danielle McDonald, nephew Ethan McDonald and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Brandie was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Clarence E. and Margaret A. (Meyer) Stillions, and her paternal grandparents, Chet and Laura McDonald.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the family for future designation.