|Birth: ||Feb. 14, 1954|
|Death: ||Oct. 9, 2013|
Lewis and Clark County
Brenda is my older sister. She was born on Valentine's Day 1954 in Flint, Michigan to Walter Maurice and Mildred Elnora (Nash) Warner. She came to Montana at the age of two months. She grew up mostly in the Rocky Mountain west, but the family moved often due to our father's employment in the construction industry. She attended high school in Butte, Montana and Drummond, Montana.
From an early age, Brenda displayed great artistic ability. Mom and Dad told stories of catching her as a very young child drawing on the walls of their home. But, they were such good drawings that she never got in trouble for it. She drew beautiful women to represent Mom and hairy apes to represent Dad. She shared her love of art with many people, including nieces and nephews who, as children, could often be found sketching and painting with her.
She also had a knack for cooking, sewing, crocheting and knitting. She loved reading and was a lifelong learner. She studied and was well-versed in many subjects. She also had a great talent for writing, including poignant poems and stories. She worked at Sears in Boulder, Montana for a time before deciding to go back to college.
Brenda was a very selfless person. She was never happier than when she was doing for others. The past three years of her life, she was in a nursing home with limited mobility. Even there, she continued to serve as a beacon to everyone she came into contact with. Her family members and friends always knew that they could count on Brenda for encouragement, insight, and uplifting. She loved animals, especially horses, birds, and cats. The love of her life was her palomino American Quarter Horse, Jubilee.
In 1990, while pursuing an art degree, she became very ill with encephalitis. For the past twenty-three years, she fought numerous battles with her health. Through it all, she remained cheerful and reached out to those around her. She never complained, no matter how badly she was feeling. She continued to be friendly, outgoing, and Christlike. She had a terrific sense of humor and quickly became the star patient at every hospital and care center she entered. She was a shining example of the difference between enduring and enduring well. We'll likely never know how many lives she touched throughout her life with her sunny disposition and bright smile.
She was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served in several callings in the church, including librarian, and positions in Relief Society and Primary. She loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and had a tremendous testimony of her Savior.
She was an awesome big sister and often made sacrifices for her four younger siblings, Walt Jr, Gary, Debbie, & Becky. When I (Becky) was little, she'd often get me presents on her birthday so I wouldn't feel left out.
Everything she did, she did to perfection. She made beautiful doll clothes, including intricately detailed Barbie clothes for me when I was little and, later, for nieces.
She had a terrific attitude. When she could no longer do things she enjoyed, she simply found new things to enjoy. Even during the many times she was near death over the years, she was worried about everyone else.
She loved TV more than anyone I've known. She liked "butt-kicking movies" as she put it and was a great fan of Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, and Jackie Chan.
Thanks to Blessings *** for sponsoring Brenda's memorial
Walter Maurice Warner (1921 - 1981)
Mildred Elnora Nash Warner (1926 - 2002)
Sunset Memorial Park
Silver Bow County
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Oct 09, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118440659