Brenda S. Parker, 71, of Knoxville, TN and Los Alamos, NM, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2019 after battling a long illness.
Brenda was born in El Paso, TX on October 15, 1947. She graduated from Gadsden High School in Anthony, NM and continued on to receive a bachelor’s in English from Trinity University and a master’s in English from New Mexico State University.
Brenda married Larry Parker on May 29, 1970.They had been married for 48 years at her passing. Brenda worked as an English teacher, a technical writer, a substitute teacher and homemaker. Brenda and Larry lived in Tempe, AZ for 8 years and Los Alamos, NM for 22 years before relocating to Knoxville, TN in 2005.
Brenda was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Known to her grandchildren as “Nana B,” she delighted in wearing bee jewelry. She enjoyed reading, square dancing, politics and was actively involved in the League of Women Voters of Oakridge, and volunteered regularly at the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge. Having been raised in New Mexico as the daughter of a chile farmer, she loved eating spicy Mexican food and trying all types of new cuisine. Brenda also was a dog lover and had several faithful dog companions throughout her life.
Brenda is survived by husband Larry, daughter Laura Vreeland (Mike), grandchildren Jacob and Parker of Scottsdale, AZ, sister Jan Clarence (Ken) of El Paso, TX, as well as extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by daughter Carol and her parents, Richard D. and Jean Sommerville.
The family of Brenda Parker thank her wonderful caregivers at Paradise Living Centers in Paradise Valley, AZ and McDowell Village in Scottsdale, AZ.
There will be a private family memorial service at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in La Union, NM where her remains will be interred. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to your favorite charity.