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  • The family wishes to honor Brenda in a private ceremony next summer in England.

    The family wishes to honor Brenda in a private ceremony next summer in England.

Brenda Willis, 86

Oct. 2, 2015

The family wishes to honor Brenda in a private ceremony next summer in England.

The fam­ily wishes to honor Brenda in a pri­vate cer­e­mony next sum­mer in England.

Brenda Willis, 86, of Cape Haze, Fla., (Fiddler’s Green), for­merly of Amherst, N.H., and Nia­gara Falls, Ontario, died peace­fully of nat­ural causes on Fri­day, Oct. 2, 2015, in Engle­wood, Fla. She was the wife of 57 years to James F. Willis.

Born in Chell, Eng­land, Brenda was the sev­enth of eight chil­dren of Joseph and Sabina New­ton. She grad­u­ated as a reg­is­tered nurse in 1953 and was a dis­trict nurse in Lon­don for five years before immi­grat­ing to Canada in 1957.

Brenda was an intel­li­gent woman who loved the arts, mys­tery nov­els, golf and ten­nis, but most of all, car­ing for her fam­ily. Brenda had a beau­ti­ful voice that she shared lov­ingly as a choir mem­ber of Saint Monica’s Church in Nia­gara Falls, Ontario and Our Sav­ior in Mil­ford, N.H. She played golf as a mem­ber of the Amherst Golf Club and Rotonda Golf Club for many years. Brenda was a three-time can­cer sur­vivor who fought valiantly for her health. Her motto was “you’ve got to help your­self” and that was how she lived.

Brenda is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Ali­son W. Fer­gu­son and her hus­band Peter Fer­gu­son of High­lands Ranch, Colo.; Paul Willis of Toronto, Ontario; three grand­chil­dren: Dylan Fer­gu­son of Van­cou­ver, B.C.; Eliz­a­beth and Philip of High­lands Ranch, Colo.; and one sis­ter, Iris Pointon of Stoke-On-Trent, Eng­land; and many nieces and nephews in Eng­land, Aus­tralia, New Zeland, South Africa and Germany.

The fam­ily wishes to honor Brenda in a pri­vate cer­e­mony next sum­mer in Eng­land. The fam­ily requests expres­sions of sym­pa­thy be made in her name to Tidewell Hos­pice, Inc. 5955 Rand Blvd. Sara­sota, FL 34238.

Con­do­lences may be made at www.englewoodfh.com. Arrange­ments by Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Funeral Home, Inc. with Pri­vate Crematory.