BRENDA ABSHIRE MYERS
December 24, 1943 – June 6, 2005
A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend left this world on June 6, 2005 as the result of a stroke and brain aneurysm. She gave so much of herself throughout her life that it seemed so natural for her to make the decision to be an organ donor, a decision that she made in the late seventies. She was always extremely adamant about her wishes to be a donor, so when the time came for her family to be questioned about donating her organs, the decision had already been made by her. Brenda’s family is very proud to know that her liver, kidneys, and corneas went to five different recipients in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Mexico, and they are very sure that she would be pleased as well.
Brenda was born and raised in Lake Arthur, LA. She was the daughter of Austin and Mary Abshire. In 1960, she married Phil Myers and they spent most of their lives in Louisiana and Texas. They had three children, Philip, Mitchell, and Nadine. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, and being Granny was her favorite job. She truly adored Blake, Austin, Lydia, Maeve, and Sean, and the feeling was (and still is) very mutual. She never met a stranger, and touched the lives of everyone she ever got to know.
Her square contains a smiling sun because she loved teaching and singing the song “You are My Sunshine” to her children and especially to her grandchildren. It also has a willow tree because this was a tree that she loved and after her death, her family planted a weeping willow tree in her memory. The praying hands and the cross symbolize her strong faith and her belief in God and prayer. The lavender color of the fabric was chosen because other than black (which was her favorite), it was a shade that she liked.