Brenda Marie Bumby was born Oct. 5, 1946, in Charleston, South Carolina, to Roy and Mae Abrams and has three sisters, Priscilla, Janet and Nancy. Born of the “baby boomer” generation, she experienced the social and political upheavals at the time and grew to be a stalwart, generous and beautiful woman.

Brenda exemplified the beauty of her soul through her unconditional love and dedication to her family and God. Her adventures were numerous and everywhere she went, her light shone. She once drove from Alaska all the way back to the southern United States with her sister and a friend, always learned interesting new facts and trivia and was an avid bowler. She also raised a son who shared a special bond as only a mother and son can.

A regular at Northside Baptist Church, she sang in the choir and was a Sunday school teacher as well. She, along with her mother, rarely missed a service. Much like her mother, Brenda loved to take car rides and visit local historical areas like the Little Whitehouse, the birthplace of Helen Keller, and the rural town of Roanoke, Alabama where she enjoyed reminiscing about her grandparents.

In December 2019, Brenda was diagnosed with cancer. She spent the remainder of her time fighting the debilitating disease but also enjoyed the time she had left with friends and family. Her adventures were still plentiful and her family was always there for her during these trying times. Brenda lost her battle with cancer on May 10, 2022. She was surrounded by her family at the end.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lee Bumby; mother, Mae Trimble Abrams; father, Roy Paul Abrams.

She is survived by her son, Jason (Tina) Bumby; sister, Priscilla Fralish; sister, Janet Parker; sister, Nancy (James) Escoe.

Funeral service was held in the Chapel at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home on Friday, May 13, 2022, at 11 a.m. with brother Johnny Coker officiating. Interment followed at Rosemere Cemetery.


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