Brenda Kay Sweeney

Brenda died peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, March 5th, 2024, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after battling cancer for a few short months. She was born January 22, 1958, in Lawrence, the daughter of Don and Vera Flora.

She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1976. After graduating high school Brenda had many jobs and met many friends along the way. She worked at Hallmark Cards in her earlier years before working at Sallie Mae as a claims adjuster for several years. Sallie Mae transitioned to DST and BFDS and she continued working there until leaving around 2019. Since then, she had been working at Housekeeping Unlimited during her partial retirement. She met so many great people and loved all her coworkers and clients.

Brenda married Steve Worley in June of 1980 and they divorced in 1993. She then married Bob on July 9th, 2009 after years of memories together as they were high school sweethearts.

Brenda was always known to be extremely hardworking, loving, and had a certain spiciness to her personality that everyone loved. She enjoyed spending time with her family for the holidays and the 4th of July was always her favorite. She would wear her special hat and always had a blast watching the fireworks late into the evening. She enjoyed her gardening and making salsa, as well as, her flower beds every spring. She always had a good time with everything she did and was the self proclaimed life of the party! She lived for her kids and especially her grandkids who she loved more than anything. She was the best mom and Mimi. She was a good friend to everyone she met along her journey.

She is survived by her loving husband Bob Sweeney, daughter Shannon Worley, and son Dallas Worley, step son and daughter, Kyle and Lindsey, grandchildren Riley, Peyton, Olivia, Kingston, and Kru, all of Lawrence, sister Debbie and brother in law Rick, of Olathe, KS, brother Larry of Ocala, FL, and father Don, of Lawrence. She was preceded in death by her mother Vera.

Visitation for Brenda Sweeney will be from 1-2 pm Thursday, March 14th, 2024 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation in the care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. P.O box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Diane & Gary Smith...

Dear Bob & family, so sorry to hear the news of Brenda’s passing. Gary & I send prayers & sincere sympathy as we remember a vibrant & beautiful Brenda. I still see her at Hallmark walking down the card packaging aisles. She was a hard worker! God bless the family as you go through this very tough time. May memories of her make you smile & laugh! Sending prayers & love,

From Pat Buck...

I only known Brinda for a short time. We hit it off from the very beginning. She is greatly missed.

From Rhonda Flory-Bruce...

So sad to hear of Brenda’s passing. We had several little crimes in Junior High. My name was Flory and hers Flora and everyone was always getting us confused. Had so much fun through the years. Prayers and sympathy to all her family

From Michele Garrett Simpson...

I too have memories of good times in Junior High with Brenda. My sympathies for your loss.

From Bob & Lisa Baxter...

Bob, we send big hugs to you and Family. Another one gone way too soon!! May Brenda rest in peace!
Gary is waiting for her with open arms!

From Barbara Davis...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I had so many fun times with Brenda in high school. Barbara Gentry Davis

From Michele...

I too remember good times in Junior High with Brenda. My sympathies for your loss

From Alison Rowell Nye...

I am so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. Brenda and I were good friends in Junior High. It’s only fitting that July 4th was her favorite holiday. She was a “ firecracker” She was always up for fun. I’ve no doubt her family meant more to her than anything else. May your happy memories last forever.
Peace be with you all.

From Lorena Serraon...

I am happy to say that working with Brenda the past 5 years had been fun and will indeed miss having her as a friend and coworker. She loved to chit chat about her grandkids and just about anything that that came to mind that could make us both laugh. I am comforted to know that she had her family with her, and is at peace. You have left a mark on my heart for sure ma’am, and I am ever so grateful to have met you!

Much Love,
Lorena

From Olivia Grace worley...

Brenda was my grandma and I called her Mimi and I loved her so much and I loved her salsa. We always went to lunch together and talked. I will miss her so much.😊

From Tavaris Davie...

She was a nice mother to Shannon rest in peace 1958-2024

From PHILIP HODSON...

Condolences to the family. Brenda had a wonderful smile and great laugh. RIP .

From Kelli Preston...

I am very sorry to learn of Brenda’s passing. I know you are feeling the loss very deeply. She was a one of a kind and I know she will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Praying the Angels bring you peace and comfort knowing she is no longer in pain.

From Ron Aiken...

Sorry for your loss.

From Sheryl Henry...

I send my thoughts and prayers to you at this sad time. Brenda and I met in Jr high. I remember her days as a cheerleader. She was so much fun. I know she will be remembered and missed.

From Alan Garcia...

Bob our thoughts and prayers go out to you and family.
Alan & Yvonne Garcia

From Clair Keizer...

I was saddened to learn of Brenda’s death. I send my deepest condolences to her family.

Brenda and I were junior high partners in crime in 9t grade Algebra taught by Miss Engelson, the toughest math teacher at South. She called her tests algebra parties, which inspired Brenda and me to co-write “Algebra Party” based on the music from Rick Nelson’s “Garden Party.” It was a minor hit in our class.

I am sorry for your loss. I know Brenda will be missed.

From Mary Whitaker Davidson...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I am so sorry about your loss. Brenda and I were friends in Junior High and she was a great friend and such a kind person. I know you all miss her so much.

From Lisa Miller Pecaro...

Sending my condolences for Brenda and all of her family that she loved so much. Brenda and I were friends from grade school through high school. She was also my
first roommate after high school. I have so many fun and great memories. RIP Brenda!🙏💕🌷

From Terry and Lois Headley...

Bob and family, Brenda will be missed.

From Tom and Julie Albers...

Bob,
Julie and I are very sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers!

Sincerely,

Tom and Julie Albers

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