June 10, 1987-Sept. 12, 2021
Our shining star flickered for a moment on Sunday before shooting toward the Heavens to light up our skies for eternity.
Brittany Rose Lamote was born June 10, 1987 in Windom, MN to Francis and Michele (Thooft) Lamote. Brittany was born with a heart defect and while visiting family on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, she suddenly left us for her new life in Heaven.
Brittany was baptized and confirmed and a current member of St. Francis Xavier Church in Windom. She attended and graduated from the Windom Public Schools and attended SMSU for one year and completed her Associate Degree at Minnesota West Technical College in Jackson, MN.
She worked as a substitute para-professional at Windom Public Schools and prior to that as an Activities Assistant at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Lakefield. During Covid when she was unable to work at the school, she so graciously took care of her grandmother, Bonnie, in Tyler, MN.
Brittany has met challenge after challenge since the day she was born and wrote in her journal that the song that best describes her life is “I’m a Survivor” by Reba McIntyre (her favorite musician). What made her a favorite with so many is that she did this all while generously sharing the best smile and her signature laugh everywhere she went. So many friends and family have commented that she was just too good for this world and that’s why God wanted her back. She brought joy and light wherever she went.
Brittany was a fierce lover of family. She lived one family event/party to the next. Her biggest joy was spending time with family. She enjoyed girls nights out with her sisters that usually included a lot of dancing (she could shimmy like no other), game nights in, playing dice or cards, watching John Wayne or western movies with her dad, going to country music concerts with cousins, aunts, and uncles, playing rolle bolle (especially with her Lamote uncles), card-making and scrapbooking with her mom, bantering wittily with her uncles and brothers-in-law and helping out with her young nieces and nephews.
Brittany was a natural artist and had been creating and sharing her works for much of her life. Her greatest talent was as a musician. She was a singer-songwriter, completing four original songs in recent years and has notes of several others she was working on. Most recently she began drawing and making personalized greeting cards that she sent to extended family — it was a year-round commitment that shows what a generous heart she had. She spent countless hours creating that just-perfect visual and message for each family member.
She is survived by her parents, four sisters, Kristi (Greg) Haanstad of Wauwatosa WI, Dawn Appel of Hawley MN, Shannon (Tony) Nimani of New Berlin WI and Melissa (Andy) Gordon of River Hills WI, eight nieces and nephews, Brianna (Shane) Kack, Walker (Shelby) Haanstad, Tori Haanstad, Ari Nimani, Maddie Haanstad, Mavox Nimani, August Gordon, and Harrison Gordon. With large families on both sides of the family, Brittany is also survived by 34 aunts and uncles, and 84 first cousins plus many more family members including 192 great nieces and nephews.
Brittany is preceded in death by Grandparents Fritz and Bonnie Thooft and August and Elizabeth Lamote, one cousin and several aunts and uncles.
To the girl who was always down to dance, play games, watch movies… the girl who took all the good photos and never missed a beat, our hearts are broken and we will cherish our time with you forever.
Blessed be her memory.