Juliet Andrena Brunotte
Juliet Andrena Brunotte
  • November 30, 1925 - July 7, 2017
  • Nacogdoches, Texas

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Born in Hong Kong, China, where her father was a banker, Andrena was the daughter of G. Martel Hall of Nacogdoches and Frances Winifred Hall of Hendon, England. She spent her first 12 years in Hong Kong and later Hankou, central China, from which her mother and two younger brothers were evacuated in 1938 as the Japanese invasion of China approached. Although her father had to remain in China, the rest of the family relocated to the safety of the American grandparents´ farm, Rose Lake in Nacogdoches.

Andrena graduated from Nacogdoches High School and went on to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1945. She completed a Masters degree in international studies in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1946, and in 1947 joined her parents in Bombay (now Mumbai), India.

Following her parents´ retirement to the Rose Lake farm in 1950, Andrena and her mother imported a British Champion miniature poodle who under Andrena´s guidance became an American Champion and later a Canadian Champion. It was on the dog circuit in Canada that she met Hans Brunotte, equally fond of dogs, whom she married in 1956.

Andrena and Hans lived in the Caistor Centre Province of Ontario, Canada, where they jointly developed their expertise in handling and later judging canine breeds. Becoming all-breed judges, they travelled the world, some 27 countries, judging at dog shows. She was also instrumental in helping her mother who co-founded the Humane Society of Nacogdoches.

After her husband´s professional retirement, they moved residence from Canada to Nacogdoches where they lived in the family homestead. After her mother died, they restored the original house, built in the late 1800´s, relocating it back in the woods on the farm. She resided there until her death from complications arising from Parkinson´s disease.

Through her American grandparents, Sally Ross Mooring whose family was from Navasota, Texas, and J. Thomas Hall born in Aiken, South Carolina, Andrena was a Daughter of the Texas Revolution as well as a Daughter of the American Revolution.

Andrena Brunotte is survived by her husband Hans and her brother Andrew Hall. Her younger brother Richard Hall of Alto died in 2005. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, a niece and 5 nephews, one of whom was at her side, reading to her when she quietly slipped away on Friday, July 7th.

A memorial service will be held by the family later this summer.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations be made in Mrs. Brunotte's name to The Humane Society of Nacogdoches.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas.