Brenda Joyce Wilburn, a long-time resident of Brownsville, Texas, died on Sunday, June 19, 2016 in her home surrounded by her family and closest friends.
Born in Austin, Texas in 1951, Brenda received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Huston-Tillotson College and then went on to receive her M.Ed. in Counseling.
Brenda taught math at Hanna High School in the mid 1970s and then transferred to Rivera High School and continued teaching math until she decided on a career shift. She became a counselor at Rivera High until her retirement in 2011.
Brenda loved socializing with her close friends and never had an unkind word to say about anyone. She loved all her students and remained a super fan of the Rivera Raiders throughout her retirement.
Brenda was preceded in death by her loving husband Bonny, her father, Otis Hargis, and mother, Naomi Hargis. Left to cherish the memory of her life are her sister, Diane (Darrell) Sanders, a nephew, Dietrich Sanders and her dearest and closest friends, Yoli R. Cantu and Emma Mendoza.
Brenda's smile and laughter will always be in our hearts and remain in our memories forever. So full of life and vigor, she refused to give up when she needed a new heart and kidney. Eight months later she received both organs at Methodist Hospital in Houston. Sadly the second hurdle was too much to overcome and Brenda lost her battle to cancer.
Brenda was an angel amongst us but she knew it was time to let go. She kept saying how blessed she was to have such wonderful friends and we kept saying that we were the lucky ones. Thank you for being a great friend Brenda and may you finally rest in peace. We love you and we will keep you in our hearts forever.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home.
The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 2525 Old Port Isabel Rd., Brownsville, Tx. Committal services will follow at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Sanders, Dietrich Sanders, Kevin S. Cantu, Cesar Manjarrez, David Lopez, and Clarence Rogers.