Brenda Walmsley

Passed Away May 4, 2023
May 12, 2023 15 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Brenda on May 4, 2023, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital after a short and very courageous battle with cancer.

Brenda was born in an ambulance between RCAF Station Macdonald and Portage La Prairie in Manitoba to Charles (Chuck) and Rose Gerrard. With her dad being in the Air Force, her first life experience began travelling to Europe at the wonderful age of two and many other destinations after.

Brenda’s work history started with a car dealership in Edmonton. Brenda then moved on to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology where she retired after 33 years, then working part-time for two additional years. After NAIT she was able to spend some fabulous time with her granddaughter treasuring every minute they spent together crafting, reading, giggling, cooking, and sharing the wonderful things they both brought into each others lives. Brenda can be seen in her granddaughter every single day, those very special qualities were duplicated in a tiny little version of herself that will always make us smile as we remember her with the biggest smiles.

Brenda became involved with the Edmonton Community Patrol Society where she took on the position of President and she was very active with her community league. Brenda also shared her precious time with Crosspoint Church counting tithes and offerings. She never hesitated to help when ever she could and where the opportunity was given and greeted everyone with her contagious smile.

Brenda loved volunteering with non-profit groups, helping her friends and some of her fun past-times included colouring on her computer, building puzzles, chatting in the phone, travelling, and learning Spanish even though it challenged her on occasion. She loved her road trips exploring the tiny little towns with her husband as they searched for quaint restaurants, coffee shops, activities only these little towns have and she shopped year around to find those special gifts for the special occasions for the loved ones in her life or just because, no occasion required her generosity was shared in everything she did.

Brenda is survived by her loving husband Ray, her son Joe (Ashley), granddaughter Isabella, her sister Deb., her nieces Tarena (Dan) and Ariana, her brothers-in-law Ed (Leanne), Darrell (Eva), Ken (Shawna) and their families. Brenda was predeceased by her parents Charles and Rose Gerrard and her mother-in-law Emma Walmsley.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date this summer or fall. Memorial Donations in Brenda’s memory can be made to Jump Start – Edmonton, (to support youth sports) or to a charity of your choice on her behalf.

The family would like to express many thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and special staff that looked after her during her courageous fight at both the Cross Cancer Institute and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. A very special thank you to her physician Dr. Wong having given her wonderful care and looking after her for over 35 years.

  1. Ray I am so sorry for your loss

    • Thank you Denise! Left this world way to early.

  2. Condolences to Brenda’s family and friends.

    • Thank you Jim

  3. My deepest sympathies for Ray and the family. It was my honour to work with Brenda for many years at NAIT. We always had a laugh or two. Sometimes at Ray’s expense! Her smile was contagious. She will live in our hearts forever!

  4. My Dear Brenda,
    You will always be in my heart seester, I will miss you every single day. I am so glad we were able to grow up together and share the world with mom and dad. ❤️🌹❤️

  5. My deepest condolences to you, Ray, and your family. Brenda was an amazing lady whose smile lit up a room as soon as she entered it. Her devotion to her husband, family, and friends will continue to inspire me to do my best for those I love. I will miss her quick smile andhearing her laughter in the hallways at NAIT. Sending you all my love during this difficult time.

  6. Condolences to Ray and family, Brenda was a kind soul and will be missed. I enjoyed our visits and laughs during the many NAIT Corporate Challenge events. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

  7. Dear Ray, Joe and family.
    My heart goes out to you. Brenda was such a caring and loving person and I will always cherish our time together.
    May she go on in your memories and all that she has left behind.
    I will cherish all the fun, laughter and memories we had. I am grateful to call Brenda my friend over the 35 plus years we worked at NAIT. May she rest in peace and make everyone in Heaven smile and laugh at her jokes.
    Will miss you dearly my friend.
    Love Janet

  8. My condolences To Ray and family on Brenda’s passing. Such a wonderful person I was happy to have known her. She’s in the arms of the angels now. Rest In Heavenly Peace Brenda.

  9. A beautifully written tribute to a very dear and generous friend. My heart breaks that her time to bless everyone and receive more in return was cut short. Lots of prayers and love to Ray, Joe, Ashley, Isabella and all the extended family and friends.
    Sincere condolences
    Sheila Nauss

  10. Our condolences to you, Ray and Joe, Deb, and families as you manage each step of saying goodbye for now to this lovely light in the world. Know that even though we do not live close by, we are thinking of you. Always available for a chat.
    Pat (Gerrard) and Ken McAlister

  11. Condolences to Ray and family. I am sorry that I did not keep contact with Brenda more often. She will be missed.

  12. Condolences to Ray and family, Brenda was a such wonderful person to our Beledere community. She will be missed.

  13. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Brenda. My sincere condolences to you Ray and to your whole family. May your fond memories of Brenda be your strength at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time.

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