Brenda announced herself to the world 12 minutes after her twin sister Beverly on April 24th,1975 at the Bethel Hospital in Winkler, Manitoba to very proud parents Frank and Elsie Rempel. The twins were followed by two brothers, Michael and Steven. Brenda’s early years were spent living in various parts of Southern Manitoba and Alberta, before the family settled in Winkler. Since childhood, Brenda had a great love for the outdoors, no matter what the season. She attended church and youth group with her siblings. In her teen years Brenda worked at McDonalds to earn money to buy the things she liked. Including her independence. This started her on the path to fashion and her unique style that we have all come to know and love about her. Brenda sparkled and shone like no other. She loved time with family, friends and co-workers. Brenda graduated from Garden Valley Collegiate in June 1994.
Brenda was blessed with two daughters Desirae Shawntel born Feb 22, 1995, and Chelsea Emma Rae born May 5, 1997. Brenda started cosmetology and esthetician courses while her daughters were still very young.
Brenda met her true love Paul at a chance encounter at the Southland Mall in Winkler when he was working as a radio announcer on location at Penner IGA. Ten percent Tuesday blossomed into One Hundred percent love. Paul and Brenda started dating two and a half years later on Father’s Day 2003, and true wedded bliss happened on May 1, 2010. Brenda was very quickly welcomed into Paul’s family and their hearts. Both the McMullens, and the Van Wycks. Through their union Brenda gained 2 sons Wyatt and Pierce and another daughter Jenna, and her soul Brother Cameron. Brenda and Paul enjoyed a life together full of travel, new experiences, excitement and love.
Brenda was and still is a Unicorn. Strong, vibrant and unique. Brenda was very artistic and was talented as well. Her ability with drawing, painting, pottery and crafts was truly amazing.
Brenda just loved the beach. Collecting shells, walking along and watching and listening to the waves.
Brenda’s 12-year battle with Cancer did NOT define her life or who she was. Instead, she grew and flourished in her faith and her relationship with God. She faced the battle without fear, instead choosing to battle it head on.
Everyone that came into contact with Brenda, be it briefly or regularly were left with a permanent impression in their lives. Brenda’s zest for life, her warrior spirit, her joy and of course that big, amazing smile that matched those big, amazing eyes, left an impression on everyone. She touched many lives and will be so greatly missed.
Brenda you are so deeply loved and will forever be the sparkle in our lives.
Brenda was predeceased by her Dad, Frank Rempel, her maternal and paternal Grandparents and many Uncles, Aunts and Cousins. Brenda is survived by her husband, Paul, his children, Wyatt, Pierce and Jenna, her daughters, Desirae and Chelsea and her husband, Ceto, her grandson, Seth and her granddaughter, Lilo, her mom, Elsie Rempel (nee Funk), her twin sister, Beverly and her husband, James D’hoore and their children, Abigail and partner, Stuart and their daughter, Alice, Ainsley, Julien and Tie, her brother, Michael and wife, Marcia and their children, Mackenzie and Mattie, her Brother, Steven and wife, Robbyn and their children, Sophie and Lincoln, and so many Uncles, Aunts, Nieces, Nephews, cousins and family and friends that all loved her.
In true Brenda fashion she would like any donations to not go to Cancer, but she asks you to find something that supports pets or children. Two absolute loves in Brenda’s life. Her cat Tank was like her child too. And Brenda loved children as much as they loved her.
Rest in peace beautiful Brenda.