Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL


Brenda Sue Harvey

February 6, 1945September 27, 2017

Brenda Sue Franks Harvey, 72, passed away September 27, 2017 of natural causes in her home in Culpeper, VA. Born in Clarkston, MO. to Boyd and Juanita Franks.

She is survived by her beloved husband, William Harvey Jr.: sons, J.R. Marshall (Rockford, IL), Danny Franks, Tim King, and Andy Harvey (all of Culpeper, VA.) and daughters Deb (Jim) Demler (Shelbyville, KY), Carol (Ron) Rabineau (Gaylord, MI), and Patricia Marshall (Wasilla, AK). She also had several grandchildren and great grandchildren whom “she loved to pieces”. Brenda is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Dennis and Cefus Franks; sister, Dorothy Stacy.

Over the years she worked many jobs but her favorite was taking care of babies in a childcare center. Those who knew her well knew that she had a big heart and what made her happy was loving her family. She really enjoyed teasing those she loved, watching NASCAR, especially her favorite driver, Kevin Harvick, and playing games.

Graveside Service: 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Christus section 8800 N. Alpine Rd. Machesney Park, IL. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the family of William Harvey Jr., 1200 Friendship Way #103, Culpeper, VA, 22701.


  • A Life Well Lived Graveside Service Friday, October 6, 2017


Brenda Sue Harvey

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Terri Michaels

January 13, 2018

Bill I am so sorry for your loss

Theresa Ryan

October 5, 2017

Our hearts & thoughts are with Mrs. Harvey's family at this difficult time! We will keep you in our PRAYERS! May god watch over you, through your time of loss!
With much love, Theresa Ryan & Sherry Summerlot families. (ARC sisters)

Carol Rabineau

October 2, 2017

I want to start off this guest book by thanking everyone that had a part in my mom's life. She cherished the relationships she had. As you can imagine these past few days have been so hard. I for one was not ready to let my mom go but the Lord had other plans. I am so thankful for the way she loved me. Her love shaped the way I love my kids. Mom had such a good (or weird) sense of humor. Thanks to her I am petrified of mice....she used to chase us kids around with a dead mouse hanging from a trap. Pretty much like grandad did to granny with a dead snake. I hate scary movies because she use to grab me during the scary parts. I can laugh about all this now-but I still don't watch those types of movies. She and my Aunt Dorothy always had this competition on who the favorite child was...so this started between my brother and I (I still say I am the favorite). I'll always remember the nights she played double dutch jump rope in the middle of the street on a summers night with the neighborhood girls or playing red rover red rover. I swear nothing made her happier than to playfully tease people-like my husband. I will never make broccoli cheese soup or eat coconut candy without thinking of her. I am so blessed to have these memories of my mom and so many more. Our family's loss is certainly heaven's gain. Thanks to God's promise of life after death I will see her again. Until then she will save a place in heaven awaiting our reunion. I love you mom.