Resthaven Mortuary & Resthaven Gardens of Memory

11800 West Highway 54, Wichita, KS


Brenda Faye Martin

June 8, 1944March 20, 2020
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Brenda Faye Martin, age 75, of Wichita, Kansas passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020. Brenda was born June 8, 1944 in Minturn, Colorado.

She enjoyed decorative painting, crafts, singing in the church choir, gardening, reading, and being in the sun. Brenda loved spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren's activities.

Brenda is preceded in death by her parents, Keith and Mildred McIlnay.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gary Martin; daughter, Susie (Mitch) Johnson; son, Ryan (Jennifer) Martin; grandchildren, Lauren and Emily Johnson and Morgan, Katie, Gabby, and Izzy Martin; sister, Karen (Dennis) McGettrick; and brother, Robert (Pam) McIlnay.

Memorial donations in Brenda's name can be made to Metropolitan Baptist Church, 525 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67213.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 for under 50 guests at Resthaven Mortuary. Friends are welcome to stop by in small groups of 10 or less anytime between Monday and Wednesday prior to service.


  • Gary Martin, Husband
  • Susie (Mitch) Johnson, Daughter
  • Ryan (Jennifer) Martin, Son
  • Lauren Johnson, Grandchild
  • Emily Johnson, Grandchild
  • Morgan Martin, Grandchild
  • Katie Martin, Grandchild
  • Gabby Martin, Grandchild
  • Izzy Martin, Grandchild
  • Karen (Dennis) McGettrick, Sister
  • Robert (Pam) McIlnay, Brother
  • Keith McIlnay, Father (deceased)
  • Mildred McIlnay, Mother (deceased)

  • BJ Gracy, Casket Bearer
  • Richard Gracy, Casket Bearer
  • Greg Sullivan, Casket Bearer
  • Hugh Lent, Casket Bearer
  • Neil Kenneson, Casket Bearer
  • Eric Jacobsen, Casket Bearer
  • Mike McGettrick, Honorary Casket Bearer
  • Joe Gracy, Honorary Casket Bearer

  • Metropolitan Baptist Church


  • Visitation Monday, March 23, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Brenda Faye Martin

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Jim and Karen Pinkerton

March 30, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Brenda was an important part and influence in my life. I have many good memories of her and her giving heart. She will be greatly missed

Linda Myers-Treat

March 29, 2020

Hello Gary & the rest of Brenda's family. Roger & I are very sorry for your loss but we know Brenda is now with God as she was a believer in the death & resurrection of His Son for the world.

She was always such a sweet neighbor but went thru so much here on earth.

our condolences for your loss & know she will be missed.

Joy Thompson

March 25, 2020

I think I was around 6 when my sister Sherri and I were flower girls at Brenda & Gary’s wedding. We’re the youngest Cousins in the Mitchell clan and really didn’t know each other well but my mom was the “glue” that kept us in the know about our family. We always got to spend time with our Aunt Mildred when she came to visit.
Randy and I got to spend time with Brenda and Gary in our home in Anchorage when they came on an Alaskan cruise. Our Iditarod trail summer dog ride together was one of several fun times we had together.
We shared a love of flowers and ice! I loved that she had her own portable ice crusher! Dad will miss the cookies that she always brought when they came to the farm!
Sending our love and prayers from our family.
Joy and Randy Thompson

Pat Hommertzheim

March 24, 2020

My dear Brenda, More than 40 years of friendship. Oh the memories are too many to list! You were such a caring and loyal friend. Your love for your family was amazing. My heart is sad for all of us who will miss you. I hope there is a beach in Heaven for you. May you rest in peace, Pat H.

Sherri Beiser

March 24, 2020

The thing I remember most about A. Brenda is her love of the sun and the pool. When she finally got her pool in her backyard and we went to visit she only gave one rule: Don't splash Brenda. She also advised us not to save the little black bugs - they don't appreciate it. She had a quick wit and fun hair. I will miss her.

Janice Lasswell

March 24, 2020

I was able to go to Fort Riley and hang out with Brenda and Gary! It was a lot of fun and I got to meet a lot of interesting people! Next door to them in their duplex was a very interesting couple, the ladies name was Queenie and baby son, Kenny For the life of me can't remember her husbands name but, he infiltrated crowds and took down info! Brenda and I went to the pool everyday, she laid out and I swam! She wasn't amused when I splashed her! We got home in time for her to make Gary's supper! She made me lots of pretty little dresses and when I went home I had a killer tan! I have since
been very close with her! She would talk with her eyes and cracked me up! As conservative as Brenda was, she always believed, if you could grow facial hair you should have it! I will miss her tremendously!

Carolyn Booher

March 23, 2020

Brenda was married to my ex-brother in law. When Gary was in military and deployed enjoyed visiting and spending time with her. Gary always was in charge of our class reunions and enjoyed visiting with her at our reunions. Awesome wife. mother. Grandmother and friend to so many. RIP

Keven & Trang Huynh

March 23, 2020

Brenda in life was a sweet and loving person with a smile that can cheer up the days. We love to see her at church with Gary every Sunday. Brenda's presence will be missed but we know she is in heaven smiling down upon us as she has always done.
Daniel and Hannah would like to send big hugs to Mr. Gary.

Kay Bowman

March 23, 2020

Gary I am so sorry to hear about Brenda passing. Always enjoyed our visits at the family reunions. You and your family are in my prayers

Joe & Donna Gracy

March 23, 2020

So many moments, so many memories of our times together. Tiny Meg screaming in your face. Helping me with her when she was ill. Sharing your grandchildren with us. Our long conversations on authors, books, tv shows, life in general. We will miss you, Bren....love you and miss you, our hearts are broken for the family.