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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 08, 2004

OBITUARY ~ BRENDA LEE (SAMS) CASON

Brenda Lee SAMS CASON was born October 31, 1966 to Don and Wanda WADDELL SAMS at Rosary Hospital in Corning, Iowa.

Brenda attended school at Lenox, Iowa, graduating in May of 1985. She then attended Iowa State University for two years before moving to California to work as a nanny. There she met Destini's father. Then they came to Lenox before moving to the East coast and on to Jacksonville, Florida where Destini Elizabeth was born on September 13, 1990. While in Jacksonville, she met Tammy and Dave BUDNER who became her best friends, eventually taking Brenda and Destini into their home.

Brenda and Destini returned to Lenox so they could be with family. Brenda attended Southwestern Community College in Creston where she received her LPN and RN degrees in 1993 and 1994, respectively. During this time, Brenda met Shannon CASON and they were married on November 12, 1994 at Clearfield United Methodist Church. Following their marriage, the family moved to Clearfield, Iowa where they lived the past 10 years. To this union was born Colton Samuel CASON on February 11, 1997. Soon after Colton's birth, Shannon willingly and lovingly adopted Destini upon her request.

Brenda worked at Creston Nursing & Rehab Center as well as Clearview Nursing Home in Clearfield. Prior to her death she as employed by Greater Community Hospital in Creston. She worked as a nurse at Lenox and Clearfield Medical Clinic and also at the hospital.

Brenda was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2002. Following surgery in September of that very year, she fought a long, hard battle towards recovery. She was called home to the Lord on July 2, 2004 at the age of 37 years, eight months and two days.

She was preceded in death by her father, Donald SAMS, Sr.; grandpa Ray WADDELL; and grandparents, Norval and Arlene SAMS.

Brenda is survived by her husband Shannon and children, Destini and Colton, of Clearfield; mother Wanda SAMS of Lenox, Iowa; brother Don SAMS, Jr. and wife Linda and daughters, Brittany and Abby of Clearfield; brother Scott SAMS and wife Kristen and daughter Madison of Columbus, Ohio; grandmother Virginia WADDELL of Lamoni, Iowa; parents-in-law Dwayne and Carol CASON of Clearfield and Marianne and Earl WORKMAN of Shenandoah, Iowa; brothers and sisters-in-law, grandparents-in-law, many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

The family would like to thank the residents of Clearfield, Lenox and surrounding communities for all of their love, support and prayers during the past two years.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at the Christian Church in Clearfield with Reverend Edyie STEPHENS officiating. Musicians were Patty PARRISH and Carol Ann KINDER. Casket bearers were Shannon CASON, Colton CASON, Scott SAMS, Don SAMS, Dwayne CASON, Marty CASON and Andrew CASON.

Honorary pallbearers were Destini CASON, Cathy CASON, Brittany SAMS, Abby SAMS, Madison SAMS, Lily CASON, Lon GOODMAN, Mindy STREITENBERGER, Kim BROWN, Micky STREITENBERGER, Deena SCHOFIELD, Janet ANDERSON, Ann D'ATTILIO, Corene WALTER, Dorene RUSK, Sundae KNOTT-NORDSTROM, Sam VANDERJAGT, Heather LAWSON, Tammy THOMAS, Amy SOBOTKA, Michelle POWELL, Kathy NELSON and Kenny NELSON.

Brenda was laid to rest in the Clearfield Cemetery, Clearfield.

Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2012

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