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Brenda Nowell

Brenda Lee Nowell (Carson)

June 13th, 1949 - September 7th, 2020
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Passed away, peacefully with family by her side, at the Maple Manor Nursing Home, Tillsonburg, on Monday, September 7, 2020, Brenda Lee (Carson) Nowell, at the age of 71. Brenda will be remembered as a former Legal Secretary and for her dedicated volunteerism with the MS Society – Oxford. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1981, she lived life to the fullest. Despite Brenda’s physical ailments, she did not complain or let it slow her down; she was very crafty, enjoyed quilting, sewing and cross stitching. Such a wonderful woman - and we are all grateful and blessed at having had her in our lives.

Much loved wife of 51 years to Bill Nowell, of RR1 Otterville. Lovingly remembered by her children and grandchildren: Christopher Nowell (Jennifer), of Cumberland, B.C. and their son Alexander; Callie Spice (James), of Beachville and their children Maizie and Zephyr; Clay Nowell (Alesha), of Woodstock, and their children Hayden and Madison. Brenda is also survived by her brother Brad Carson (Arlene), of Courtland and by her cherished lifelong friend Brenda Foris.

In keeping with Brenda’s expressed wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life is planned for a later date with details to be announced in the future. Friends and relatives are invited to offer their support and caring by sending flowers, posting photos, tributes, favourite memories, and hugs from home on Brenda’s tribute page at www.verhoevefuneralhomes.com. Memorial donations to the “MS Society - Oxford” would be gratefully acknowledged and can be made through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes – Burial and Cremation Services Inc., 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg (519-842-4238), entrusted with all cremation arrangements, with confidence.

“The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the wonderful PSW’s, Nurses and staff of Maple Manor Nursing Home, Tillsonburg for all their love and attention through the years. Special thanks to Shelley Wall, Brenda cherished their friendship."
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Wendy Lauwerier

Posted at 01:31pm
Brenda's grandfather Art Carson was a brother to my grandfather Owen Carson ... making us 2nd. cousins. Over the past few years Brenda and I became 're-acquainted' at Maple Manor, while I was visiting our other cousin Betty Lou Whitesell. As mentioned, Brenda was always so happy to have visitors and I really enjoyed her positive energy. We shared fond memories of the Carson Picnics that took place years ago, and one summer we worked together on the tying machine during harvest season at my brother Garry's tobacco farm. Brenda was an amazing woman and an inspiration to us all.
Wendy Carson Lauwerier
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Lorna Telheiro

Posted at 12:34am
Bill and family.... Thinking of you all at this time. I have many wonderful memories of Brenda. Always looked forward to our family get togethers so i could spend time with her. She being older; I admired her. So pretty, happy. beautiful smile, contagious laugh, and always had time for me. Yep; she will be missed.... and she carried MS with grace and fortitude.... Bless her heart....
BIG HUGS TO ALL
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Faye Wirth

Posted at 04:02pm
When my cousin Bill married Brenda, she was a pretty young woman who had a definite sense of style. As I got to know her I realised that she was not only beautiful, but also multi-talented. She could cook,sew, upholster, paint, garden, decorate etc.A very artistic person, she was also a perfectionist. She put her best effort into everything she worked on and she was always working on a project: making a quilt, tole painting, making slipcovers etc...she always had something on the go. Our children grew up together, and we became good friends In fact, Brenda was babysitting my children the day she had the first symptoms of MS. She told me there was something wrong with her eyes. That was 40 years ago, the beginning of her downward slope into the gradual paralysis of MS. There were many remedies attempted over the years but unfortunately none of them helped stop the disease.
The remarkable thing about Brenda was that she did not complain or feel sorry for herself.
She filled her hours with watching her favorite television shows and her DVDs. She always had a positive attitude. I would visit her Monday mornings whenever I could, and when I asked her how she was doing she always said the same thing, "Not too bad at all." It was amazing. Sometimes I would tell her about some problem or other that I had, and she always had a positive suggestion to help me out.

Brenda had spirit, and she had HEART. She was the bravest person I have ever known.
I am so happy that I got to see her one last time two days before she passed.
The last thing she always said to me when I left was "I love you, Faye." Her voice was weak, but she told me she loved me one last time as I left.

"I love you, too, dear friend. May you rest in peace."

-Faye Wirth
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Val Donnell and family, Deborah and Laszlo and family

Posted at 08:17pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Deborah Ferris

Posted at 07:52pm
Bill and all the family

I am so sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. It is a bit of a shock. I will miss visiting with her at the nursing home. She was always so upbeat when I would talk with her even despite the tragedy of being stricken with MS. When we were younger, we spent many occasions together at each other's homes as we were first cousins. We especially enjoyed going to Camp Katrindo for two weeks in the Summer. Our families went 'up north' for quite a few Summers. We would swim, go fishing, boating and generally just have fun. Although I never learned to water ski during those Summers, Brenda did master the art. I am glad she was surrounded by her family on her passing. I hope your memories will help with the grief of her passing. Peace. Deborah Ferris.
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