Predency Brandon, a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who delighted in whipping up big meals for her extended family, died Sunday. She was 87 and lived in South Philadelphia.

She was born in Pittsylvania, Va., to the late George and Phnewfula Dixon. While working in Danville, Va., she met a welder, the late George Brandon, and they were married.

"Sparks flew and romance grew," said her daughter Gerry. "They had a strong, bright marriage and six little flames. For more than 60 years, they were inseparable."

She was a dedicated member of Mount Enon Baptist Church in South Philadelphia.

"Predency had a regal dignity and strength that endeared her to her daughters-in-law," Gerry said. "She always shared with them the reasons for the success of her marriage. Because she was never intrusive, rude, critical or hurtful, her wisdom was always welcome.

"She didn't have to speak a word to show her disapproval. She set the example of what a good family life should be. Her children strive to emulate her."

She also is survived by three sons, George, Ronald and Calvin Arnold; two other daughters, Patricia and Marie, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Mount Enon Baptist Church, 5th Street and Snyder Avenue. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery, Delaware County.

- John F. Morrison