Brenda Marlene Adams

July 5th, 2012

Brenda Marlene Adams was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, the second of four children to Fred and Madge Howell. She was raised on the family farm in the Pleasant Valley district outside of Melfort where she spent many hours with her sister dressing up in Grandma Howell’s hats and fancy outfits, baking, cleaning and doing any chores that were asked of her. During her high school days in Melfort she was affectionately given the nickname “Howie”, which stayed with her for the rest of her life. After graduating from high school in 1965, Brenda moved to Saskatoon to take a business course. This move led her to a variety of jobs and more importantly to the love of her life, Bruce, whom she married on November 8, 1969. Together they had two sons, Jason in 1973 and Ryan in 1977, and they spent their time enjoying their lake front cottage at Turtle Lake, skiing in the mountains, and travelling to Mexico, the Caribbean, the United States, and back home to Melfort. Fred and Madge always looked forward to their weekend visits with Bruce and Brenda because nobody could tell a joke quite like Brenda!

Brenda’s high spirits and determination carried her through many challenges in her life. In 1985 she was diagnosed with the rare liver disease Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC). While working full time and raising her family, Brenda took night classes at the University of Saskatchewan for five years and graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1994. The following year, Brenda and Bruce moved to Armstrong, BC where Brenda’s brother, Jordy was living. Bruce started a printing business which he still operates today and Brenda worked at Bigfoot Industries Inc.

On February 11, 2002 Brenda underwent a liver transplant because of her PBC. It was a live liver transplant with the donor being her son, Jason, making it the first son to mother transplant to be performed in Vancouver. She recovered from the transplant remarkably well and at the age of 57, when most people are starting to slow down, Brenda was picking up steam again. She was delighted to land a job as a bookkeeper at a pub in Vernon, which led her to take over the books for two more pubs which are operated by the same owners. This work was very gratifying for Brenda and she especially enjoyed working with the managers and staff of the establishments that entrusted their finances to her. Brenda had a life-long love of clowns and in 2004 she became a therapeutic clown with the Kalamalka Caring Klowns. She volunteered her time to help bring joy to people in the hospitals where she had spent so much time as a patient. To Brenda, one of the most frustrating things about her failing health was her inability to continue to work and volunteer.

In 2010 Brenda encountered another challenge to her health, cancer. She met it head on and through seven weeks of chemo and radiation she counted the days until she was able to go back to work and have control of her life again. She did get back to work, but after a car accident in February 2012, she was forced to retire. Although her liver disease had come back and another transplant became necessary, she never complained or gave up hope. On July 5, 2012 Brenda passed away peacefully at Vernon General Hospital.

Brenda is predeceased by her brothers, Ian (1984) and Jordy (1998), and her parents (1989). Her cherished memories live on through her faithful loving husband Bruce; son Jason and grandsons Brayden and Spencer of Saskatoon, SK.; son Ryan of Red Deer, AB.; sister Peggy (Glenn) George of Melfort, SK.; niece Ena (Jeff) McAuley and her daughters Avery and Addison of Melfort, SK.; nephew Cory (Julie) George and his children Ian and Ella of Waterloo, ON.; Barbo, nephew Kevin Howell, his wife Barb and sons Kevin and Stephen of Saskatoon, SK.; nephew Dean Howell, niece Krista Howell and her son Jordy of Vernon, BC. She will also be remembered by Darla (Brian) Eastcott, her special aunts Mary and Louise Howell along with numerous cousins and many lifelong friends.

Cremation. A Memorial Service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Zion United Church in Armstrong, BC. Interment will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Melfort, SK. at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy are welcome below.


Aug 29 Dear Bruce , I am so sorry ,just saw it in today's paper . I don't know if you will see this but I had to try as I don't know how to contact you . I didn't get a chance to meet you for coffee at the reunion so I never knew that Brenda was ill . Words leave me at this time but I wanted to let you know how sorry I am . It's been so long but remember all the laughter we shared with you both. Holding you in my prayers . Bette

Bruce, my thoughts are certainly with you and the family. I hold very fond memories of Brenda in my heart. Love Auntie Louise

Dear Bruce, We are very sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We will always remember the memories we made together. Our thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, Claudio & Ronda

Dear Bruce, Jason and Ryan Please accept our deepest sympathy. We are heartbroken to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Amcie and Nancy Kushnir, Saskatoon, SK

Dear Bruce, Jason and Ryan, We were very sorry to hear about Brenda. We have missed the 5 of you over the past years but keep remembering the fun times at the lake and our ski trips. We sure had a lot of fun times together. Our prayers are with you. Eleanor and Don and Family. Turtle Lake Sk.

Dear Bruce and family, Peggy and Glen, My thoughts are with you every day. I've spent a lot of time over the past 9 days thinking of all the wonderful, hillarious and sad times that Howie and I shared over the years. She was truly a great friend and I am grateful that we made the effort to stay in touch with each other. She is now at peace and without pain and suffering. She was a "rock" - always being positive. Stay as strong as you can and know that you're thought of often. Kathy

Bruce, Jason, Ryan & family, Peggy,Glenn & family. Our most sincere condolences to all of you. Brenda was the kind of person that made a lasting impression on all of us. It seems I have known her as long as Peggy, and always got a warm fuzzy hug from her even when years had passed. I was honored to be the adopted sister! She was a special lady that will be so missed because she was SO loved. May she rest in peace!

Our deepest sympathy to Bruce, Jason and boys, and Ryan on the loss of a dear wife, mother and grandmother. We are so sorry we were unable to come out to the funeral. Family commitments kept us in Melfort. You will miss Brenda so much but memories will keep you strong. She was a beautiful woman. Blessed be her memory!

Dear Bruce and Family; we were devastated when we heard the very sad news about Howie. We have such wonderful memories and will always remember her with joy. Loved her sense of humor and the way she managed to make everyone feel special; I'll bet she was the best clown ever!! Take care, God Bless. Remember the good times!!

My deepest sympathies go out to my friend Jason and his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Sincerely Rene..

Thinking of you & the family during this time of sadness. With sincerity & love

Hi Bruce, Jason and Ryan, Andy and I are so sorry to hear about Brenda, kinda lost touch over the years as time goes on as we deal with our everyday lives, but will always have the great memories that our families shared together especially at the lake. Take care guys. Thinking of you.

Bruce, Jason, Ryan and families: Our deepest sympathies. Words cannot begin to express how sorry we are for your loss. May you find comfort and love in your many memories. I know I will always cherish our times at Turtle Lake. Take care and love to you all, Sherbert

I am so sorry for your loss!! I got to know Brenda for almost 4 years working at the Longhorn! She was so amazing! Her strength, her smile and her encouragement impacted my life forever!! I loved bringing her samples of my soup! Her favorite was my cream of vegetable!! She was an awesome friend when I went threw some of the hardest trials of my life!! I will miss her everyday of my life!! I thank God I had the opportunity of having her in my life for as long as I did!! Brenda touched alot people's lives and I will truly miss her!!!

Dear Bruce and family, Our hearts are heavy hearing about Brenda's passing. We are so sorry. We were not aware that Brenda was ill again. You, Brenda and the boys will always have a special place in our hearts. We spent many fun times in the years spent at Turtlelake while our families were growing up and those times will always remain some of the best times of our lives. We feel truly blessed to have had you, Brenda and the boys in our lives at that time. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Gerald and Marilyn Serack

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