VALERIE IDA (BRANDON) MEE-LEE
Valerie, aged 70 years, a resident of Honolulu since 1976, passed away on December 26, 2011. She will be remembered as a loving and dedicated wife, devoted mother and grandmother, caring adult and child psychiatrist, highly active church leader and community volunteer, and consummate friend.
Valerie was born in Sydney, Australia on February 3, 1941 to William and Edna Brandon. She had an older brother Kevin, also a physician, (deceased 1970) and has a younger brother Geoffrey who resides in Sydney. Valerie attended University of Sydney where she completed her medical degree. She met and married her husband of almost 43 years while they were residents in a clinical rotation in Townsville, Australia. Valerie and Denis married in 1969 and immigrated to the United States in the same year. Valerie and Denis lived in Columbus, OH and Boston, MA, before settling in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Valerie was a member of the Honolulu Japanese Seventh-Day Adventist Church where she served as an elder, member of the Board, homeless services coordinator, and Pathfinder leader. She mentored many young people and dedicated herself to worthy environmental and humanitarian causes such as the Sierra Club, Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise, Asian Aid, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and others.
Valerie is survived by her husband of 42 years, Denis, brother, Geoffrey Brandon, daughter Lavonda (Beau) Nakamoto, sons Denis B. (Evan) and Matthew (Bebe), and grandchildren Hunter, Dillon, Brandon and Cole.
The Memorial Service will be held on Thursday January 12, 2012 at 6pm at the Honolulu Japanese Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2655 Manoa Road, Honolulu, HI 96822.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the “Valerie Ida (Brandon) Mee-Lee Joyous Giving Fund” care of Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD 20904, or via ADRA.org.