Brenda Jean Pagett
December 31, 1952 – December 18, 2014
Brenda was born 2 minutes before midnight on Dec. 31, 1952 in North Battleford, Sask. She moved along with her family to Edmonton in 1969. Prior to moving she met Gordon James Scheerschmidt, and maintained a relationship for nearly 7 years. Together they had Tara, Jon-Paul, and Robbie. Although Brenda went on to raise the children on her own, her family’s support was tremendous.
Brenda was considered the Matriarch of the Pagett family. She was diligent about keeping the family together, and prided herself on her cooking abilities. It filled her with joy that she could make people smile with the nurturing quality of her meals. What brought most delight to her were the holidays and bringing family and friends together.
Brenda’s creative outlet was writing, art, and decorating. Her career path led her into the field of Social Work, primarily working with marginalized women and issues of poverty. During her time at Boyle Street Community Services, her role as an Elder/Board Member/Cooking Instructor was both impactful and meaningful to others and to herself.
Our mother was strong, empathetic, fiercely independent but also very warm and welcoming. She made herself available to all family members regardless of her physical limitations. She respected and loved everyone.
Throughout most of her life she had encountered much hardship with regard to her physical health. Her ability to maintain a positive attitude despite her ailments never wavered – she always liked to laugh and make others laugh.
During our mother’s stay in the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Norwood, she continued to maintain a positive outlook, and an enduring spirit. She was cheerful each and everyday throughout her illness. She was brave, and her sense of humor was intact up until she left us.
Brenda is dearly missed by her children Tara, Jon-Paul, and Robbie as well as siblings Leah, Mervin, Dave, and Dallas. Her aunt Eunice, nieces Danielle and Joleen, and nephew Dallas Jr. Her sister-in-laws Rhonda and Michelle and daughter-in-law Katherine. Grandchildren Lily, Tanya, Kayla, James, and Jarod, and cousins Alvin, Deidra, Tracey, Vanessa, and Leah. And many dear and close friends Melanie, Debbie, Shelly, Francis, Lois, Lori, Edmund, Adam, Corey, Iris, Wendy, and to all whom have had an impact on her life.
We will always love you, and will continue to celebrate your life…
It is with heartfelt sadness that I announce the passing of my mother Brenda Pagett. She was the most resilient person I have ever known, she had the kindest heart, and treated everyone she had met as though they were family. Christmas was one of her favorite times, so we will celebrate this season in honour of her. Although my heart aches for the loss of my best friend, I will always hold the fondest of memories of her spirit, her warmth, and her laughter within me forever. Love you mom.