OBITUARY

Brenda Joyce Key

January 23, 1959April 18, 2021
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Brenda Joyce Key, 62, of Jackson, Michigan, passed on Sunday, April 18, 2021 @ 12:03am. Brenda was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 23, 1959 to the union of Ham-ilton (Sr.) and Oryelee Key. She started life out in a spectacular fashion by in-sisting on being born two months early in the rear seat of a Yellow taxi cab.

Brenda graduated from Lane Technical College Prep High School with Honors in Chicago, Ill. The commitment to educational excellence, which engulfed her parents as well as Brenda herself, was rewarded by her being selected as one of a hand full of young African American women to integrate Lane Tech College Prep High School on the Chicago’s north side. She attended the University of Chicago, Jackson Community College and Spring Arbor University where she earned an Associated Degree in Business, Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’ De-gree in Human Services. She went on to earn a Certification as a Paralegal, Trauma Counselor and Non-Violent Intervention Techniques. Although con-stantly plagued with health issues, Brenda grew to be a beautiful young woman, an excellent student, a quick study of almost any subject she attempted. She was employed in various fields in which her academic endeavors proved invaluable.

Brenda proclaimed her tried and proven unwavering faith in God at an early age. Hungrily she devoured every opportunity to demonstrate her commit-ment to being a foot soldier of Christ, always ready to be in the service of oth-ers despite any personal cost to her own needs and comfort. Disguising her constant pain from the disease destined to rob her of her life but not her faith. She preached the gospel of salvation to doctors, patients and family alike. Her final request was that ‘her life means something, a life lived and left with meaning.

Never married and without a birth child, she dedicated herself to her aging parents, Hamilton (Sr) and Oryelee Key who preceded her in death.

Brenda was survived by her Sister Bonnie Wheeler-McElroy (Johnny McElroy), Brother Hamilton Key Jr. (Lula Key) and a host of aunt, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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Crystal ojeda

April 24, 2021

Such a bright spot in a dark world she always had such a beautiful smile even on some of her worst days she would still smile and laugh through all the pain you will be missed so very much

Michael Key

April 21, 2021

Autie I love 💘 you and truly will miss you. Thank you for taking the time to love us and show us what it is to be selfless. You left so many character building lessons and joyous memories . I rest with confidence that you've moved on to that place you spent your life preparing for . Auntie please know that I celebrate your life and all the wonderful memories you've left with me! Love you!

Corey Wheeler

April 21, 2021

Joyce I want to thank you for always holding me accountable. You will be truly missed love Evan

Christopher Key

April 21, 2021

Thanks Brenda Joyce Key for leaving an imprint on my heart.
You showed me the truth about how Loving everyone around you is truly what it's meant by, in Loving thy neighbor is truly is apart of the the relationship you have with your Higher Power which you made it plain and clear that was GOD!
You're never going to be forgotten!
I love you! Auntie Brenda
Christopher Key

Mr & Mrs Jeffery Steele

April 21, 2021

The Steele family would like to convey our deepest sorrows for your loss of sister you are kept in our prayers God bless you all Dear friends of Hamilton keys

K Key

April 21, 2021

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