Brandi Renee Schamadan left to be with the Lord on March 22, 2013 at the young age of 41.  She is survived by her husband Mike, daughter Lexi (12), son Blu (9), parents Patrick and Sarah Grimes, sister Heidi and a very large extended family with many aunts, uncles and cousins.


      Brandi grew up in Glendale, AZ and graduated from Cactus High School and Grand Canyon University where she was a standout volleyball player.  After college Brandi was hired by the Phoenix Fire Department and became a Firefighter/Paramedic.  She rode trucks all over the city until finally settling at Engine 23 “B” shift.  She met her husband at Station 1 and they were married soon after.  Brandi left the job after 10 years to stay home and raise her 2 beautiful children.  Brandi loved everything about being a mother.  She took great joy in attending anything her children were involved in.  She loved to play with them on the beach in Coronado and in the mountains of Colorado. 


      Brandi loved the Lord and spent a lot of time helping others to know Him.  She was a woman of incredible faith that inspired so many people.  Brandi’s fight with cancer was long and difficult, but she did it with such grace and humility.  She will be deeply missed by so many, but she is now home in the arms of her Lord. 


     Visitation will be Wednesday, March 27th, 4:00-6:30 P.M., at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Funeral Celebration will be on Thursday, March 28th, at 11:00 A.M., at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 6300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.  Interment will follow at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Rd., Phoenix.




Condolence Messages

  1. Sonya Contreras

    May God give you peace at this very difficult time. My prayers go out to the Shamadan and Grimes family.

  2. Brett and Michelle Lanuti

    We will be out for the services this week. Words can not describe how very sorry we are for the loss of Brandy. She was always so kind and warm during the little time we did spend with her.
    You have been in our prayers since Brandy was first diagnosed.
    You are very special to us and we are here for you if you ever need anything, please ask.

    With deep sympathy, your friends Brett and Michelle Lanuti

  3. Marv and Linda Simmons

    Brandi will be missed greatly by many of us whom she inspired with her spirit, attitude, and willingness to volunteer and help at Department functions. Our thoughts and Prayers are with Mike and his Family, Pat and his Family, and all of Brandi’s Relatives and Friends that love Her so much.

  4. Jon Altmann

    I met Brandi in 2008 while walking door to door campaigning for the State House. By sheer coincidence, I found out she was the daughter in law of my dear friend, Dr. Jim Schamadan. She was kind, thoguhtful and very friendly. I have known through Jim that Brandi had been fighting for her health against cancer. I am greatly saddened for her husband, Mike, and her children, at her passing. The prayers of my family are with the Schamadans.

  5. The Staff at Dr. Kassir's office

    Our heartfelt condolences to all of Brandi’s family at this most
    difficult time. We will always remember and admired Brandi’s courage, strength, kindness and beautiful smile. She will remain in our thoughts and may she rest in peace.

  6. James & Sandra McDonald

    Sorry to hear of your loss. I know how difficult this time can be. What helps me doing times like this is the scripture found at John 5:28,
    Is it unrealistic to accept the resurrection as a fact? No, for Jesus taught that someday “all those in the memorial tombs” will be resurrected. (John 5:28) Jehovah is the Creator of all life. Should it be hard to believe that he can re-create life? Of course, much would depend on Jehovah’s memory. Can he remember our dead loved ones? Countless trillions of stars fill the universe, yet God gives the name of each one! (Isaiah 40:26) So Jehovah God can remember our dead loved ones in every detail, and he is ready to restore them to life.
    How, though, does Jehovah feel about resurrecting the dead? The Bible teaches that he is eager to raise the dead. The faithful man Job asked: “If an able-bodied man dies can he live again?” Job was speaking about waiting in the grave until the time came for God to remember him. He said to Jehovah: “You will call, and I myself shall answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning.”—Job 14:13-15.
    Just think! Jehovah actually yearns to bring the dead back to life. Is it not heartwarming to learn that Jehovah feels that way?

  7. Michael O'Connor

    Dear Pat, Sarah, Mike and children,
    I am deeply sadden from your loss. As the father of two children, I simply can’t imagine how painful this experience is for you all. I will pray for you throughout the week and I will dedicate this Sunday’s Mass to you and your beautiful daughter. May God bless you all.
    Your friend,
    Michael O’Connor

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