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Brenda Joyce (Doyle) Desper

May 30, 1944 April 6, 2019
Brenda Joyce (Doyle) Desper
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Obituary for Brenda Joyce (Doyle) Desper

Brenda Joyce (Doyle) Desper, 74, wife of Raymond Desper of Foxfield Drive, Staunton passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019. As she entered her heavenly rest she was surrounded by her loving family and caring staff of the Augusta Health Intensive Care Unit.

Mrs. Desper was born on May 30, 1944 in Greenville, Virginia, the youngest daughter of Jesse and Annie Byrd (Floyd) Doyle. She grew up in Staunton and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. She was a homemaker of incredible dedication and talent. Drying flowers, macramé, crocheted afghans, quilting, flocking her neighbors’ Christmas trees, and growing mounding beds of Petunias were just a few of her talents. Her misplaced Cream Cheese Cookie recipe has been a loss at Christmas without a successful replacement.

She was a member of the Mint Spring United Methodist Church. Throughout her life Mrs. Desper offered herself in Christian service as a Choir member, Youth Counselor, Sunday School Teacher, United Methodist Women President and Board member. She volunteered for the Pregnancy Help Center in Staunton, and worked alongside her husband at Staunton Building Supply.

In addition to her parents Mrs. Desper was preceded in death by her five sisters: Mrs. Virginia Dunn, Mrs. Violet Wiseman, Mrs. Shirley Marshall, Mrs. Wilma Fitzgerald, and Mrs. Sue Doyle. Also preceding her in death were her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mr. Thomas Desper, Mr. Bobby Shipe, Mrs. Louise Shipe and Mrs. Delores Hale.

Many have lived in the warmth of her understanding and she will be missed by her family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 57 years, Raymond and their sons and families: Michael Desper & daughter-in-law Marla, Douglas Desper & daughter-in-law Donna, and her special son Gregory Smith. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Samuel Desper, Katherine Cason and her husband DJ, Joshua Desper, Amber George, and Zachery George as well as twelve great-grandchildren and a number of nephews and nieces. Mrs. Desper is also survived by her brother-in-law Wendell Desper and sisters-in-law Kay Desper and Pat Desper. Her beloved white American Eskimo Spitz Bella and Calico cat Annie also know the loss of her presence. “May she rest in peace and rise in glory.”

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory in Staunton.

A Graveside Service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Oaklawn Memory Gardens on Shutterlee Mill Road, Staunton by the Reverend Ryan Oswald.

Memorial Donations, in honor of Mrs. Desper, may be made to the charity of your choice.

Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton, is in charge of her arrangements.

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6:00 PM 4/10/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 4/10/2019 8:00:00 PM
Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory

230 Frontier Drive
Staunton, VA 24401

Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory
230 Frontier Drive Staunton 24401 VA
United States

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11:00 AM 4/11/2019 11:00:00 AM
Oaklawn Mausoleum and Memory Gardens

1921 Shutterlee Mill Road
Staunton, VA 24401

Oaklawn Mausoleum and Memory Gardens
1921 Shutterlee Mill Road Staunton 24401 VA
United States

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