She tragically leaves behind three children, Jessica (23), Michael (12), and Brandon (11). The funds raised will go directly to Friday's associated costs. Should there be anything additional, the money will be placed in an account for Michael and Brandon.
We are truly grateful from the bottom of our hearts for anything you're able to contribute for this unexpected and devastating loss.
Devoted mother, friend and colleague, Brenda Lynn Messner—age 36 for the past 10 years, give or take—passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 9, 2018. She was born on August 2, 1972 in Woodbury, New Jersey, to Francis and Elizabeth Messner. She is survived by her three children, the lights of her world, Jessica Harrell, Michael Harrell, and Brandon Harrell, and her four-legged companion, Owen. She is also survived by Michael Harrell; her father, Francis; sisters, Dawn and Stefanie; brothers, Francis Jr. and Jason; and a number of extended family members. She is predeceased by her mother, Elizabeth.
Brenda was a devoted Senior Therapy Program Assistant for the Vineland Developmental Center for the past 25 years where she formed lifelong friendships. Brenda’s fondest memories and hobbies included spending time with her children and watching them excel in sports, shopping, baking pineapple upside down cakes, and cooking. She will be remembered and celebrated eternally for her spunky personality, incredible advice, captivating stories and natural intuition. If it was up to Brenda, this would be printed in pink and covered in glitter.
The viewing, open to Brenda’s friends, family, colleagues, and anyone whose lives she touched in life, will take place on Friday, September 14 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at DeMarco-Luisi Funeral Home (2755 S Lincoln Ave, Vineland NJ) with a service to follow. Burial will commence at Eglington Cemetery and Memorial Gardens at 2:00pm (320 Kings Hwy, Clarksboro NJ), with a potluck luncheon to immediately follow (Location TBD). Flowers can be arranged through Martines - (856) [phone redacted].
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