Even during her final years of life, Ruth Ann Brandon had aspirations to publish a novel.

“She had this unquenchable optimism about her future,” said Mike Hupp, her younger brother. “She had these goals of writing and living independently throughout everything.”

  • Claudia Levens is a reporter for the Columbia Missourian, studying investigative reporting and constitutional democracy through the Kinder Institute. She can be reached at levensclaudia@gmail.com, 847-422-3735, or @tochange13 on twitter.

  • Assistant city editor, fall 2021. Former state government reporter, second-year graduate student studying public policy journalism. You can reach me at mossolinski@mail.missouri.edu, or in the newsroom at 882-5720.

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