Brenda Jean Pagett

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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…

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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.

Jon-Paul Pagett

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KALO BELCHAM

Truly sad to hear this news so late. My regards to Brenda’s family especially to Jon Paul, Robbie & Tara. Your mom was like a second mom to me and I will always remember her laugh and her beautiful writing. So many good memories of her and your family. See you on the other side of the rainbow Brenda, thank you for always being a safe space during my teenage and early adult years. Love to your family.

Lily

MY GRAND MOTHER MADE ME HAPPY EVERY TIME I SAW HER IND I HAVE A HERD TIME IMAGINING A WORLD WITHOUT HER. BUT I GOT THROUGH IT. IT WAS A LONG AND DANGEROUS FIGHT TO ACCEPT HER DEATH. BUT I WON. IT WASN’T THE BEST TO LOSE ALL THOSE STRONG FEELINGS I HAD TOWARDS HER. I CAN REMEMBER ALL THE FUN WE HAD WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL. AND I COULDN’T LET ALL THOSE MEMORIES GO TO WASTE. ALTHOUGH IT HURTS LIKE HELL TO SAY SHE WAS MY NOT ONLY FAVOURIT PERSON IN THE WORLD, BUT MY BEST FRIEND AS WELL..

LOVE YOU GRANDMA
LILY

Lily

I know this is a little late, but I was just reading everything that other people said but this is what I have to say.

Over the years, I have listened to songs and stories about my grandmother, but none of them the way she would say herself. One of my best memories with her was Halloweens. I had lots of fun helping her get ready for the spooky holiday, we would put stickers on the windows, and hang up decorations.

It is very hard to think about every time we were having fun. It is also hard for me to say all this stuff without crying.
MISS YOU SO MUCH
LILY

Logan

Brenda was a truly wonderful lady, even though I wasn’t blood she always made me feel as if I was. This world has lost another angel. Rest in Peace.

Logan

Tracey Whittaker

Many family gatherings are what I remember most….how we would gather eat play games, watch movies. I also remember how EXCITED I would be when the cousins would come down to the farm when I was little. One year in particular when I was maybe 4 years old. The aunt & uncle showed up with the cousins….I was sooooo happy to see them. I couldn’t figure out WHAT the occasion was…. it was Brenda who made me understand that Christmas was REALLY going to be here tomorrow! That made the visit even better…my cousins & Christmas! It couldn’t get better for a 4 year old girl.

Jon-Paul

To all that have known my mother, I will be having an open house to celebrate her birthday on Dec. 31/14 at my home, between the times of 3pm and 8pm. As this is a public forum, I will need to send my address privately to those who wish to come.

Thanks – JP

Alvin Fell

I am so sorry. Brenda is in my generation of family and I have many memories of my youth … and Brenda is in those memories. She is in a better place.

Vanessa

If only

If only we could see the splendour of the land
To which our loved ones are called from you and me
We’d understand
If only we could hear the welcome they receive
From old familiar voices all so dear
We would not grieve
If only we could know the reason why they went
We’d smile and wipe away the tears that flow
And wait content.

Anonymous

Will miss you a lot, until we meet again.

frances jackson

I will cherish all the many memories that I have of you. You helped me through so many difficult times in my life. I am truly blessed to have had you as a friend and you will be missed :cry:. Rest now until we meet again. :heart:

Shelley

May your eternal light shine bright my friend. I am going to miss you…. forever in my heart.

Sam Baldwin

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss Rob. Sincerest condolences from Jeff and I to your whole family.

Robbie

My mother is the strongest person I have ever had the privilege of knowing, whenever her ailments were hitting her hard she always bounced right back and never let them slow her down.

I have so many memories to share with my children Tanya, Kayla, James, Jared and lily and my first grandchild Kali of whom my mother only got to meet once.

I will miss you mom and the knowledge that you will always be with me in memories and in my heart will be what gets me through the times I miss you most.

I love you mom
Robbie Pagett

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