The daughter of outstanding educators, she fulfilled her professional life as a dedicated teacher and assistant principal. She was the older of two children born to Talmage Huff and Ruby Jones Huff in Cumberland, Kentucky on June 16, 1946. Brenda’s mother was a teacher at Cumberland Elementary and her father was principal of Cumberland High School.
She is preceded in death by her husband, James Shannon and father, Talmage Huff.
During her early years in Cumberland, she loved attending Sunday School, dance lessons and ball games; playing with dolls and being secure in the arms of a strong, loving family and a village of close, later to become, lifelong friends.
Brenda moved with her family to Pompano Beach, Florida, in 1959, where her father died shortly afterward, and her mother later became principal of Dwight David Eisenhower Elementary School in Davie. Brenda was graduated from Pompano High School in 1964. She returned to Kentucky to attend Cumberland College where her great uncle had served as the first president. After two years she transferred with her friends to the University of Kentucky where she was graduated in 1968.
Brenda is survived by her mother, Ruby Jones Huff; brother, David Huff; daughters Amy (Spector) and Susan (Maxik); grandchildren Ian and Dylan Maxik, Emily, Zachary and Sam Spector; and lifelong sister-friends Nawanna Barton Privett and Carole Gross Begley.
Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Plantation United Methodist Church with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Vitas Charity Funds (www.vitascharityfunds.org) or UPMC Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, designation Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine (https://donation.upmc.com/donation/)
She will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.