Brenda passed peacefully at home on March 8, 2020 after a 4 1/2 year-long battle with cancer. It was such an honor to be able to support her in this battle, what a noble woman. Her disease was never about her. She minimized the impact it had on the family and others. The members of her family consider it a tremendous blessing to be touched by her life. It was our privilege to know her and be part of her life. She is loved dearly by her parents, siblings, husband, children and grandchildren. She will be missed.
Brenda was a selfless, caring person that enjoyed being with and helping others. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints her whole life. As a member of that church she had many opportunities to serve others which she cherished. She enjoyed leading programs, building personal relationships and teaching teenage young women and children. She especially loved going to girl’s camp with the young women. She was very creative and consequently a lifelong crafter, which included scrapbooking, ceramics, making dolls, and quilts for her grandchildren. One thing she loved was photography, which blessed us with thousands of pictures to go through. She always had the ability to make everyone feel that they were valued. She always strived to be engaged with school programs, field trips and sporting events that her children were involved in (and there were many!). One of her favorite things to do was to watch television shows and movies with her family. Truly, her greatest joy was spending time with her children and family.
Brenda was born to goodly parents (Michael Jennings and Patricia Odom) in 1963 in Mountain Home, Idaho. She married Daniel Brown and together they raised 7 wonderful children. Early in their marriage she worked outside the home and made sacrifices to support her family while Dan was in school. She worked tirelessly to create a loving home for her family.
She is survived by her parents Michael and Pat Jennings; her only brother–and clearly her parents’ favorite (and recently single)—Scott; three shameless, sassy sisters, Chris (Paul) Meeker, Kim (Ken) Olsen and Mandy (Aaron) Aegerter; her husband Dan; her seven children, Preston (Melissa), Houston (Eileen), Clayton (Bethany), Alisha (Joel Masten), Trevor (fiance Tina), Shaynie (TBD) and Dallin (now accepting applications). She has 18 grandchildren thus far and far too many nieces and nephews to list but we love them all. She is also survived by her dog Lizzy, her favorite cat Eve and her arch nemesis Nellson the cat.
She is predeceased by all of her grandparents, their parents and so on and so forth. In addition she is preceded in death by her dogs, Ginny and Abby, and countless cats, fish, hamsters, rabbits, iguanas, turtles, birds, snakes and other totally dependent animals. She now finds herself as a heavenly zookeeper.
Services will be held on Saturday March 14, 2020 at 10:30 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 143 Dickinson Lane, Wilmington, DE 19807 where friends may call from 8:30 to 10:15. Burial will follow in Silverbrook Cemetery. The family would appreciate donations to the Cancer Research Institute, 29 Broadway, New York City, NY 10006.
P.S. Plot twist, she lives and the cancer is dead. So take that cancer. Boom, roasted! Until we meet again Boo.