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Smith, Brenda S.

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September 8, 1955 - August 30, 2015

Smith, Brenda S.

On August 30, 2015, Brenda Sue Smith passed away suddenly. She was born September 8, 1955 to Ben Ringwald and the late Reba Joyce Ringwald in Independence Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Smith, her daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Valentino Ozuna, her daughter-in-law, Benita Koogler, and three grandchildren, Chris and Sierra Koogler, and Tommy Ozuna. She is also survived by  her sisters and their husbands, Carol and Kyle Dupree, and Charlotte and Donnie LaRocca, and also her brother and his wife, Bennie and Beverly Ringwald, as well as her brother Dale Ringwald. She leaves behind many family members and friends who will miss her loving and caring attitude. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Shawn Koogler. Brenda loved life, her family, her friends, and her community. She was a wonderful woman, wife, mother, Grandmother and friend.

Her family and friends will gather at Oak Haven United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas at 1 pm, on September 3rd for a memorial service to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Irving Cares in her name.


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Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061


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Jeremy and Erika LaRocca

September 13, 2015 12:49AM

Aunt Brenda was always such a good friend and sister to my mom. Everytime my family would come to Texas for a visit she would always try to come and see us. This is an example of how selfless Aunt Brenda was and how much she cared for her family. Your legacy will live on through your husband, your daughter and your grandkids. We love you and miss you so much Aunt Brenda! ~ Jeremy, Erika, and kids

Jeremy and Erika LaRocca

September 12, 2015 5:30PM

To my Aunt Brenda:
You were always such a good friend and sister to my mom. Everytime we came to Texas you always tried to make a point and come to see us at mom's house. This shows how selfless you were and how much you cared about your family! Everytime you saw us you always had a smile on your face! We really had wanted to be at your memorial service to celebrate your life. Your legacy
will live on in your husband, your daughter, and your grandkids! We love you Aunt Brenda and miss you! ~ Jeremy and Erika

Charolette LaRocca

September 08, 2015 11:16PM

Brenda would have celebrated her 60th Birthday today on her very 1st cruise, but she didn't make it to 60 or get to go on her cruise. I have thought about her all day and know God must have had a better plan for her to spend it in heaven with Him, her son Shawn, her Mother and Billy and Misty. Hope she is having a great Birthday. I Love and Miss Her....

Don laRocca

September 08, 2015 3:35PM

I've known Brenda since she was a teenager. She was a caring person,but endured more than she deserved. When she met Tom her life found a peace. She will b missed as a wife,mom,sister & friend. Now she has a devine peace. So now r hope is r faith n Jesus Christ that at r appointed time we will c her again......

Carol Dupree

September 08, 2015 6:02AM

Happy 60th Birthday Brenda! We miss you! God had a better plan for your birthday. I wish you were here to share your birthday with us. I know you are in a better place. Just letting you know you will never be forgotten. Our memories with you will be treasured. I love you Sis....

Bob Digman

September 03, 2015 9:52AM

I'm sorry for you and your families loss. The memories can never be lost, hold them and cherish them as you did Brenda.

Kyle Dupree

September 02, 2015 8:10PM

Brenda was my sister-in-law. She was a kind and caring person. She was always eager to lend a hand or help in any way she could. She has now gone to be with our Lord and is in a much better place. Her faith in Christ means we will be with her again. While it may seem like we have lost a loved one, it will only be for a short time and we will be united at a later date in heaven. I would believe she is smiling in heaven with a new body with no pains and in complete happiness.
Glad for the good times that we did have!

Jenny Glenn

September 02, 2015 2:20PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, during this very difficult time of loss. May God bless you, all.

Katie Cobb

September 02, 2015 7:27AM

A very sweet lady. My prayers to all families

Carey Melcher

September 01, 2015 11:58PM

My aunt Brenda was a very loving and caring person although she is gone and i hate to say that. She will be dearly missed and loved by everyone that meet her. We will meet again aunt Brenda and until then give everyone up in heaven a hug for me. I will miss u and always love you here or there

Cindy Ringwald

September 01, 2015 8:41PM

Aunt Brenda was a very loving and caring person. I am blessed to call her my aunt. She was there for my family and was so helpful with taking care of the boys and Grandma. I know she was so excited meeting Leilani, and I'm grateful she had the pleasure in doing so. I'll continue to pray for Uncle Tom and the rest of our family. She will be missed and loved by all! Rest in Peace Aunt Brenda, love you!

Jamie Peart

September 01, 2015 7:41PM

I will miss my Aunt Brenda greatly. She was a wonderful woman and did many inspiring things throughout her life. We will miss her but her memories will live through the lives of others. Love and Miss you Aunt Brenda!!!

Sandi Lavenant

September 01, 2015 7:37PM

Brenda was my Aunt, she was a very thoughtful and caring person. She will be remembered always for thinking of everyone, there wasn't one person she ever wanted to feel they were forgotten and she spent so much time lending an ear to anyone who needed it. I love you so much Aunt Brenda, you will never be forgotten and may Gods grace lovingly surround you as you are most definitely in a better place.

Patty Childress Bolser

September 01, 2015 7:36PM

Tom, please know that I will continue to pray for you and family during this most difficult time. Lean on our Lord Jesus to get you though the days ahead.

kay romines

September 01, 2015 7:23PM

I had just met Brenda at the Englewood High School reunion August 22.So grateful for that.Bless you all.

Charlet Ringwald

September 01, 2015 7:20PM

Cousin Brenda was always very kind to me and the other kids when we all played together during family reunions. I always looked forward to playing with her daughter Shannon and was excited to see them. Even though I'm far away right now Cousin Brenda and her family are in my thoughts. Much love,
Charlet ♡

Vanessa Hall

September 01, 2015 6:13PM

I am so sorry for my cousin to have left this life so suddenly. My sympathy to all our family, she will be missed.

Charolette LaRocca

September 01, 2015 3:26PM

Brenda was my sister and my best friend. She always came to visit me every weekend, I will miss her so much!! She was with me always through good times and sad times. Brenda loved her family and friends and always shared that with me. My she rest in peace in Heaven. I Love Her!!

Carleen Manning

September 01, 2015 3:23PM

We will miss you. You have been in my family 31 years. Tommy and Shannon things will get better with God's help.

Troy F. Ringwald

September 01, 2015 2:59PM

I am so sorry for the loss of my neice. She was much loved by me a all her family.

Kathryn Wahlstrom

September 01, 2015 2:12PM

Your memory lives on and will be cherished by all of us who called you 'friend'.

Timothy Ringwald

September 01, 2015 1:59PM

Brenda Sue Ringwald Smith was a very loving and helpful person along with being a exalant aunt to me, Rebecca Diane Ringwald Hodges, Cindy Marie Ringwald, and Curtis Allen Ringwald. She helped take care of her late mother Reba Joyce Ringwald along with Carol Dupree and Charolette LaRocca. Our aunt Brenda will surely be missed by many family,friends and ex co workers. I love and miss u so much. The last time we hung out was July 11th her and her husband Tom Smith took me to Braum's to eat breakfast that day was full of pictures and memories I am saddened to say that though she's gone we to some day will be called and we will be reunited with her and our there family members. Prayers for our family are well excepted by anyone one that new her.

Barbara Milano

September 01, 2015 1:44PM

Brenda was a very sweet person. She will be missed.

Bob Kennedy

September 01, 2015 12:45PM

Tom, please know that your old friends from high school are keeping you and your family in our prayers. Stay strong in your faith and may God bless you and strengthen you during these difficult times

Bob K

Krista and Jim Winn

September 01, 2015 12:44PM

Brenda will be greatly missed. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Charolette LaRocca

September 01, 2015 12:35PM

Brenda was my sister and best friend. She always came to my house every weekend and was there for me during all the times I needed her. I will always remember her for the good times and sad times we shared. I will miss her forever... I Love her!!

Pamela Moynihan

September 01, 2015 12:22PM

Brenda was a true friend and sister in Christ. I will miss you terribly my dear friend.

Jeanne Smith

September 01, 2015 12:22PM

Love and Blessings to all. Jeanne

Stephanie and Eddie Feria

September 01, 2015 12:13PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We can not express our sincere condolences enough. It was great meeting Brenda at the reunion. With her grace and sincerity, it seemed like I had known her forever. Take care of yourself.

Carol Dupree

September 01, 2015 11:32AM

Brenda was my sister, best friend and all time big sister who helped when needed and was always there for all of us. I will miss her dearly? She has gone home to a better place. I will always love her and my memories with her will live on. I have many great memories and for this I am greatful.

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