|Birth: ||Aug. 9, 1923|
|Death: ||Sep. 29, 2009|
The Dallas Morning News - Oct 8, 2009
Alta Maurine Alta M. Brenner, of Abilene, formerly of Dallas, passed away Monday, September 29, 2009, in Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, shortly after midnight. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Sunday, October 11, 2009 at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 West Northwest Hwy. Dallas, Tx. Elliott Hamil Funeral Home is in charge of the Abilene arrangements. Interment will be in the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Alta was born August 9, 1923 in Talpa, Texas, and was the oldest daughter of the late Walter Allen King and Gladys Farrar King. She attended school at Talpa and was valedictorian of her senior class. She graduated from Weatherford Junior College as Valedictorian in 1941. After graduating, she went to Washington D.C. and started working for the War Department and later for the U.S. State Department. While working, she attended and graduated from George Washington University. She married Ensign Marvin E Brenner, U.S. Navy in 1943 in Washington D.C. She was a member of the Quaker Church, Wilmington Fellowship of Friends and supported her church after she moved away. Her career with the State Department took her all over the world. She lived and worked in American Embassy's in most of the Middle-East countries, including, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh. She was also assigned to the Embassy in Mexico City and London, England, and was sent on temporary assignments to many other countries. Her services included Personnel officer, Position Management Employee training and Administrative management analysis. When asked where her favorite place to live was, she always responded, "India." Although it was a very poor country, she liked the creativity of the people and the culture. Alta was a very adventurous woman all of her life. Although she had a very full life with the State Department, she also was in the Marine Corp. Reserves from 1954 through 1957. In 1986, she married Thomas Woodward in Arlington, Virginia. She and "Woody" were only able to enjoy a few years together before he passed away. One of her greatest personal challenges was the loss of her only child, Andrea Brenner-McMullin. Andrea passed away at the young age of 28, after a battle with cancer. She was a beautiful and adventurous young woman, just like her mother was. When her daughter became ill, Alta retired in Dallas. While living in Dallas, she was a member and advocate of the Dallas Museum of Art and the DMA League. She was a long-time member of the Dallas Theatre Center, a Benefactor and a DTC Guild member. In 2004-2005, she was the Lady Mayor of the Fair at the Dickens of a Christmas annual affair. She was a board member of the Homeowners Association where she lived. She was a member of Arlington Hall and Lee Park Conservatory, the Dallas Women's Forum, the Ramboullet Club and the Dallas Hall Society. Alta was a big supporter of the arts and was very generous with both her time and her resources. She was a unique and beautiful person and was loved by many Dallas friends. She will be missed, but, not forgotten. Alta was a very generous person and helped many people reach their educational goals. She was an avid advocate of education, serving on the Board of Tarleton University in Stephenville, Texas and later, on the Board of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU). She left a Trust to SMU in honor of her daughter who had a degree in music from The University of North Texas. So, she will continue to educate many people in the years to come. She moved to Abilene almost three years ago to be near a sister. While living here, she enjoyed her home and the activities Abilene has to offer. She loved going to the Abilene Symphony, the Paramount theatre and helping with the West Texas Rehab Telethon until her health began to fail. Alta Brenner was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Woodward; her daughter, Andrea Brenner-McMullin; her parents; Walter & Gladys King; two sisters, Hazel Marion King and Wynoma Alene King; one brother, Lt.Col. Leonard Allen King; and one baby brother, Lloyd Ervin King. Survivors include four sisters, Wanda Faye Revelt of Tyler, Reba May Brandon & husband, John of Stephenville; Virginia Merle Carr & husband Don of Stephenville and Shirley Ann Murphy and husband, Geoff of Abilene; One brother, Dr. Walter C. king of Harvey Arkansas; Many nieces and nephews, and many, many friends around the world. The family would like to thank her "many" friends in Dallas and around the world who were so faithful to her during her retirement years. She loved all of you and we are very grateful to you for the love and care that you gave her. "We will always keep you in our hearts."In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
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Record added: Dec 23, 2012
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