Brenda Kay McKenzie

07/25/1942 - 03/04/2024


Obituary For Brenda Kay McKenzie

On Monday March 4, 2024 we suddenly lost our mom, Brenda Kay McKenzie (81)
It’s what she would have wanted, she took her last breath in room full of people that loved her……she had already been in a seemingly deep and peaceful slumber before she left us.

In June of 2023 after spending a beautiful summer day at the beach with all three of her daughters and their husbands , grandkids…she returned home in the evening and had a severe stroke just 15 minutes after she was dropped off. She lived alone. It was almost 24 hours before she received medical care.
Mom had been in a rehabilitation care facility since being released from the hospital.
She hated it there. We did our best to visit her as often as possible. Her church family was there regularly…. We all did what we could to make her happy and comfortable. She loved visitors! We all knew she hated it there, but her care needs were beyond what anyone could do for her at home.

Our mom, until the day she had her stroke, was very independent. She drove, shopped (daily I think… she loved it) went church on Sundays and had a deep and unwavering faith attending the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints.
She had a stash of sweets she indulged on when she wanted to…. Even though she was a diabetic. She loved gardening, growing flowers and lots of Kale.
Holidays will never be same. She thought everyone should have lots of gifts to unwrap. Birthdays and Christmas, even Easter and Valentine’s Day…. She never missed one. She shopped at the dollar store so our gifts were often a little quirky. She loved giving gifts! Wrapped with so much tape and usually in tissue paper and covered with stickers whether you were 3 or 53 it didn’t matter. Puppies and kitties on greeting cards in the mailbox too.
Fresh guacamole? Mexican food was Her favorite and she always made too much guacamole!
She could talk your ear off! She loved to tell stories about how all the boys loved her when she was a young lady and tell you about her most recent show she watched or book she read in more detail than you can believe. She was very opinionated and unless you made her mad… and you better not…She deeply loved her family and friends.

Brenda was born July 25th, 1942 to Norma Lovitt and Kenneth Walker in Corbin Kentucky and moved to California as a young girl. She met Joseph McKenzie in college; married in 1964 and soon after started a family.

Brenda had three daughters and leaves behind Laura (Rick) Thompson, Leah (Pat) Patterson and Kim (Anthony) McKenzie. 8 Grand children and 7 Great Grand Children.

Brenda’s final resting place will be in Corbin Kentucky surrounded by family.

Hug your loved ones today…. Tomorrow is not promised

A memorial service will be held on Saturday May 25th 2024 at 1pm

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1820 F Street Southeast

Auburn Wa. 98002

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