|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1960|
|Death: ||May 7, 2001|
Source: Daily Ardmoreite
Funeral services for Brenda Smith Foreman, 41, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2001, at CrystalRock Cathedral with the Rev. Elijah Patterson officiating. Interment will follow at Cheek-Love Cemetery under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Sunrise Baptist Church.
Mrs. Foreman was born to Glen and Hazel Douglas Smith on Feb. 16, 1960, in Ardmore. She passed away on May 7, 2001 at the local hospital.
Brenda and James Foreman Jr. were married on July 21, 1991 in Ardmore.
While a student at the University of Oklahoma, where she was a student leader, she was active in the theater group, Ruby and the Emeralds, and the Black Student Union She also worked in the office of Student Services. Even then, she was known as a "campus mom," providing many students a shoulder on which to lean.
As a professional, she began her career in the Office of Minority Affairs at the University of Oklahoma. She returned to Carter County where she became the first woman to become director of the H.F.V. Wilson Community Center. She was presently employed at the Department of Human Services as a social services specialist II.
As a community advocate, she served on many committees and boards. She was a member of NAACP, Eastern Star, Eastside Renaissance Board of Trustees for which she acted as president and many other organizations too numerous to name. Remarkably, her advocacy extended beyond the boundaries of her community because she believed in other causes that affected even "the least of these."
As a wife and mother, she was the epitome of perfection. She always put her family before herself. She gloried in her children and loved her husband dearly.
Brenda was a lover of beautiful things -- plants, flowers, African art and music. But, the thing she found most beautiful in life was children. Brenda can be likened to Hatsheput, the daughter of Pharaoh, who rescued and adopted Moses. This "community mom" touched the lives of countless children over the years. Children whose lives had been shattered through abuse, neglect or substance abuse could find a hot meal and a change of clothes, comfort, solace, a word of encouragement and off-times another home.
Brenda was a member of Sunrise Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, James, of the home; daughters, Mycaria Smith, Soraya Foreman, N'Dea Foreman; and son, Dominic Foreman, all of Ardmore; stepchildren, James Foreman III of Ardmore and Jamie Lee of Tulsa; brothers, A.B. Brown and wife, Glenda, of Lone Grove, Samuel Brown and wife, O'Shelia, of Dallas, Steve Smith of Lone Grove, and Kenneth Lee Smith of Ardmore, and Arbie Gene Smith of Los Angeles; sisters, Glenda Gibson and husband, James, of Lone Grove, and Celestine Jordan of Los Angeles. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Cheek Love Cemetery
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