|Birth: ||Aug. 29, 1939|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 2006|
With the death of Brenda Williams Avila Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, Cedar City lost one of its most beautiful wild flowers.
A victim of down-winder cancer, she struggled with her disease for more than 12 years before succumbing. She was with her family at home at the time of her death.
Brenda's focus was on two things: God and family. She was a fun, creative, exciting maverick. "EVERYTHING WAS A PARTY." She played practical jokes, gave over the top holiday celebrations, threw parties and championed every family members cause.
Brenda had all the virtues women cherish, and many of the strengths highly valued by men. She loved and protected her children like a lioness, and cherished the life of a new-borne lamb nearly as much.
What many people remember best about Brenda was her extraordinary generosity to children and adults alike. Her daughter and two sons remember Christmas morning with gifts piled so high they lost sight of each other. She was nearly as giving with the neighborhood children, who referred to her house on 900 West as "nanny land." Her backyard was home to animals ranging from geese to Coyote pups, and Brenda spent a huge amount of time helping the children understand the wonderful nature of the world which they lived.
The owner and operator of Brenda's Beauty Salon for over four decades, she was famous for making young women look spectacular and older women appear young. She came to the home of many the elderly who could not get out She was well known for doing the hair of the departed, so they'd look their best at their funeral parlor viewings.
Although she earned her living independently, a week didn't go by without her making a significant contribution to the Williams family livestock business. Her brother Tom recently said her nurturing suckling skills, saved 100s of lambs yearly, that would not have otherwise survived. The young ones that couldn't be cared for at the lambing shed came home with her.
Brenda was one of the fairest flowers ever to grace Cedar Mountain and its ironic that her single-handed crusade against a flowering pest is her most emblematic contribution to her family and to the community in general.
Brenda is survived by her loving husband James Avila, her children Alexis (David) Lambeth, Russell (Misty) Reber, Jonny (Christa) Reber, her two brothers Warren (Peggy) Williams, Thomas (Corinne) Williams all of Cedar City, Utah, and her sister Mary Jane (William) McBean, of Denver, Colorado. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kasen, McKinlee, and Brendan Lambeth. And Jacqueline Reber all of Cedar City. Brenda is preceeded in death by her parents Alex Bulloch and Edith Warren Williams, and her aunt Alice Williams
Funeral Services will be held Saturday January 7, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. at the Cedar 9th ward Chapel, 256 South 900 West. Friends and family may pay their respects on Friday January 6, 2006 from 6:00 to 8:00 at Southern Utah Mortuary, or on Saturday January 7, 2006 from 10:00 to 11:30 at Southern Utah Mortuary. Interment will be held at Cedar City Cemetery. Under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary
Cedar City Cemetery
Created by: Max Turpin
Record added: Apr 23, 2008
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