In Memory

Brenda Gray (Wyman)

Brenda C. Wyman, 57, died at 1:46 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Born Sept. 12, 1951, in Alton, she was the daughter of Stanley and Norma (Smith) Gray.

She graduated from St. Mary's Academy of Nursing in St. Louis. She was an RN and director of hospice and manager of Adult Day Services during her 20 years at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was a woman who truly loved life and will be sadly missed. She was an avid Red Hat fan and passionate about her work with senior citizens.

On Dec. 1, 1985, in Godfrey, she married Russell Wyman. He survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Jamie Diedrich of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Megan Duff of Troy, Mo.; a son, Jason Massey of Montgomery City, Mo.; seven grandchildren; a brother, Louis Johnson of Prairietown, Ill.; three sisters, Betty Hanks of Godfrey, Laurie Crain of Alton and Gail Scott Milford of Alton.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial services were held. Saturday, July 4, at Gent Funeral Home in Alton with the Rev. Steve Rice officiating.

Memorials may be made to the St. Anthony's Hospice or St. Anthony's Adult Day Services.

Online guestbook and information may be found at

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07/02/09 08:27 AM #1    

Peggy Crane (Weber)

I was shocked this morning to see Brenda in the obituaries. I have run into her and Russ several times over the last few years at Chez Marilyn's. My prayers go out to him and their family. I know she was so excited about the reunion. I know I will miss running into her. Remember Russ is also one of our classmates. Keep him in your prayers. Peggy (Crane) Weber

07/06/09 01:58 PM #2    

Norma Baron

It was "bitter sweet" for me at Brenda's services July 4th. The people who spoke were very uplifting and I found myself even more akin to Brenda and Russ after I walked out of there.

We had all re-met at a retirement party for a friend of ours. We had found that we all had an interest in "Swing Dancing" down at the Round House in Wood River a few years ago.

They had already completed the classes and I was beginning them. There was a whole table of "Swing Dancers" at the retirement party.

One of the things Brenda and I teased about each time we saw each other out or on the website was that the DJ had better play some swing dances at the reunion!

The "Sweet" part of the day was knowing a lot of the group there for Russ in this tragic time was that some of our fellow classmates were there for Russ. (Not just the '69 class.) Some were people that had remained friends after our class had graduated and others of us that were just reuniting and being with a friend and saying goodbye to another. RIP Brenda.

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