Brenda Marie Smith

March 30, 1958November 16, 2021

Brenda Marie Smith, 63, a resident of Broadway, died November 16, 2021 at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg.

A daughter of Dorothy Lucille Walton Mosier of Waynesboro, VA and the late George Ferreira, Sr., she was born on March 30, 1958 in Manhattan, New York.

Brenda was a member of Mayland Bethel Church of the Brethren. Before her health started to fail, she spent most of her life working in the health field. She graduated from Harrisonburg High School, attended Elizabeth Brant Business School, Massanutten Vo-Tech, and Rogers School of Manicures & Pedicures.

Brenda’s hobbies included writing poetry, music and reading. She loved reading her daily devotionals and studying the Word of God.

On August 17, 1990 she married Ted Nelson Smith who survives. In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by two sons, Steve Higgins and his children Dawson, River and Castiel and Timothy Higgins and his daughter Faith, all of Harrisonburg; two step-daughters, Connie Fulk and her children Daniel and Olivia of Broadway and Tammy Mongold and her children Madalyn and Dylan of Ft. Defiance; one brother, George Ferreira, Jr. and wife Vicky of Waynesboro; two sisters, Cindy Tomlin Rife and husband David of South Carolina, Starr Bragg and husband Frank Quinones of Ft. Defiance; as well as her best friends, Becky and Gary Whitmer.

Brenda was preceded in death by her father, George Ferreira; and stepfathers, Nelson B. Meadows and James L. Mosier.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm on Friday, November 19, 2021 at Bethel Church of the Brethren in Mayland. The funeral will begin at 2:00pm with Pastor Larry Aikens officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


  • Ted Nelson Smith, Husband
  • Dorothy Lucille Walton Mosier, Mother
  • Steve Higgins, Son
  • Dawson Higgins, Grandchild
  • River Higgins, Grandchild
  • Castiel Higgins, Grandchild
  • Timothy Higgins, Son
  • Faith, Grandchild
  • Connie Fulk, Step-Daughter
  • Daniel, Step-Grandchild
  • Olivia, Step-Grandchild
  • Tammy Mongold, Step-Daughter
  • Madalyn, Step-Grandchild
  • Dylan, Step-Grandchild
  • George Ferreira, Jr. (Vicky), Brother
  • Cindy Tomlin Rife (David), Sister
  • Starr Bragg (Frank), Sister
  • Becky & Gary Whitmer, Best Friends
  • George Ferreira, Father (deceased)
  • Nelson B. Meadows, Step-Father (deceased)
  • James L. Mosier, Step-Father (deceased)

  • River Higgins, Active Pallbearer
  • Dawson Higgins, Active Pallbearer
  • Dylan Mongold, Active Pallbearer
  • Tommy Riggleman, Active Pallbearer
  • Tim Higgins, Active Pallbearer
  • Steven Higgins, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 19, 2021


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Mary Shipe

November 19, 2021

I just met Brenda earlier this year. She and I worked briefly together with Bethel COB's play practice. She had such a sweet personality. She was really looking forward to being a part of the church Christmas play. I am sorry she did not live to fulfill that desire. I know she is in heaven and one of God's angels now. In the brief time I knew her I could tell she had a strong faith. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet her and know her.

Higgins Tina

November 18, 2021

Until we meet again

Butch Deavers

November 18, 2021

I First met Brenda years ago as a young teen she had a joyful smile and great laugh. She treated me like a member of the family. I was happy to see her start coming to my church many years later. I new she was happy I could tell by the smile on her face , she was saved. She will be greatly missed. Go be with GOD , Brenda we will miss you . Butch

Janice Lucia

November 18, 2021

You will always be in my heart and I will miss you so much you were such a beautiful caring person RIP my sweet neice you have gained your wings fly with the angels Brenda I will always love you

Marty Lantz

November 17, 2021

Brenda was a great friend who I'll never forget. When I was down she was always there to cheer me up. When I did Karaoke she was my biggest
fan. R.I.P. my friend. Love you always & you'll be missed greatly.

Becky Whitmer

November 17, 2021

Brenda and I did so many things together , she was there when my youngest son was born, we bought matching clothes and our time together was so many and I have so many memories. I'll cherish all of them . She was Gary's Friend before I knew her crazy how that circle ended . Love you Brenda and I'll miss you .