Hurst, Illinois – Brenda Kay Barney, 72, passed away at 3pm on May 11, 2013 from a Hemorrhagic Stroke. She was born July 27, 1940 in Hurst to Wilbert and Juanita Barney (Lilly).
Brenda was a 1958 graduate of Hurst-Bush High School and Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in 1962. She received a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Health Care Administration while residing in Miami, Florida.
Brenda spent her working career in nursing starting in Miami, Florida. She retired as a Nurse Administrator in 2002.
Brenda leaves to grieve: her partner Ann Coon, son Jason and wife Carrie, grandchildren Charlotte and Colin, her sister Yvonne and brother-in-law John Holland, nephew Chris Hunter and his children, Justin, Austin and Sydney, niece Julie Hunter and her daughter Brienna, and niece Angela Hunter, and longtime friend Mary Jo Haley.
Brenda was a poet, a teacher, and a good person. She was an avid Bocce player and encouraged others to play. She lived to travel and made trips to Italy, Aruba, and Bahamas to name a few. She read voraciously and was interested in literally everything. She loved to learn something new.
Brenda loved the sea and her personal totem was the sea turtle which represents Mother Earth. The sea turtle is wise beyond its years and is more than willing to share what it has seen.
Brenda wants you to remember her alive and happy so there will be no visitation or service. Should you wish, you may donate to animal shelter Saint Francis Care. Address – St. Francis Care, 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966.