Brenda Pattinson Monroe, 84, of Raleigh, North Carolina, formerly of Brooklyn, New York, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019. She is survived by her two children, Matthew and Sarah, and husband, Donald, of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the medical staff at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for their expert care and attention to Brenda during her recovery following her first round of chemotherapy. Also, they wish to thank the many friends who supported them during this very difficult time.

A Beautiful Soul

With her kind heart, Brenda was a true gem. She always had a smile and kind word for those around her. Even in the last days of her life, when her body was failing her, she still managed to brighten the day of those who came to see her.

For the past two years, Brenda suffered from Alzheimer’s. However, she never let this slow her down. She continued to live her life to the fullest and enjoy every moment. While in the end, this probably was not how she would have wanted to live, at least she went out on her own terms and ended her days surrounded by the people she loved.

Over the years, she was blessed with two healthy children and a loving husband. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, they were unable to say goodbye face to face. However, they are comforted by the fact that she now lives on in their hearts and they can continue to share their love and support with each other through their letters and phone calls.

A Wonderful Mother

As a mother, Brenda was a strong, protective figure. She was always there to provide the best for her children. When her son, Matthew, was growing up, she instilled in him the value and the pride of a craftsman. She would often say that he was the best person she ever knew he would make the same proud statement when he became an adult. Matthew went on to become an award winning costume designer and is now a proud father himself.

Sarah, Brenda’s daughter, was also raised with an appreciation for arts and crafts. She excelled at dance and became quite the performer during her time in school. She was known for her unique and creative dance routines. She also went on to have a successful singing career. She was very proud of her mother and her family’s artistic side.

The family would like to thank the many people who have supported them during this difficult time. They are comforted by the fact that their mother now lives on in their memories and they can continue to look back on her with fondness and pride.