Brenda Carol Cox, 66, Imler, went to sleep Tuesday evening after an extended illness.
She was born in Owensboro, Ky., daughter of the late Harold C. and Wanda (Mattingly) Midkiff of Louisville, Ky.
Surviving are two daughters: Lorrie A. Mitchell and husband, Harry, of Imler and Belinda C. Cox, now residing with Harry and Lorrie; two sons: Michael A. and wife, Denise S. (Rollason), of Imler and Darin E. and wife, Karmela (Thomas), of Fishertown; nine grandchildren: LaShae Bridges and husband, Mike, Curtis Mitchell, Kelsey, Michael and wife, LaDawnya, Shyanna, Noah, Nicholas, Levi and Marissa Cox; two great-grandchildren: Colby Williams and Cassie Bridges; a stepgreat-granddaughter, Aubrie Bridges; a sister, Janice Hausberger and husband, Art, of Louisville, Ky.; and a brother, David Midkiff of Phoenix, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Nevin Emery.
Brenda met her husband, Curtis, while residing with her parents on an Army base. They were married in Germany on April 29, 1963, and also in a Catholic church ceremony on May 1, 1963.
She was a devoted homemaker to her family all of her life and a pastor's wife of People's Bible Holiness Church for 26 years. She continued to be a member since her husband's passing on Dec. 7, 2007. She loved her family deeply as well as her church family, including her "buddy Bert."
Brenda carried a photo album in her purse of her grandchildren armed and ready to show others. She enjoyed talking on the phone with her friends. She also spoke much about her friends with whom she took dialysis and the staff, including her nurses and doctors. She was a precious mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She will be sadly missed, always treasured and never forgotten.
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." 1 Thessalonians 4:14
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home Inc., Alum Bank, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, the Rev. Tim Hamaker and Brother Dan Dicken officiating. Interment will be at Greenfield Cemetery in Claysburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for missions c/o People's Bible Holiness Church, 182 Sycamore Road, Fishertown, PA 15539.