I’m in Maryland this week for the funeral of my mother-in-law, Brenda Thorpe Meyer, who entered eternal life on December 7th.

Just before Thanksgiving, she went to the doctor, feeling rundown and fatigued; she was concerned she might have come down with COVID. It turned out to be her heart. She underwent surgery to repair and replace two valves. She never recovered.

She was a part of my life for more than 40 years and loved me as one of her own. Brenda was one of the warmest, gentlest, most generous people I ever knew. The obituary below says it all: “The family asks that in lieu of flowers that friends do something kind for someone else.”

Her obituary: 

Brenda Meyer passed into our Lord’s care on December 7, 2020. She was born on January 14, 1939 and was engaged to Gerald F. Meyer on July 5, 1956. She was married on August 9, 1958 and was the mother of four children, Bridget (Forcier), Siobhain (Kandra), Matthew and Michael. She was a grandmother of eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Alexandria, Virginia, from Immaculata Junior College in Washington, DC, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Trinity College, Washington, DC, awarded Summa Cum Laude in 1997. She worked for the Social Security Administration for a number of years and retired from the U.S. Public Health Service in 2001. She was a warm and gentle person and was much loved by her husband of 62 years, family and friends. A Memorial Mass will be offered at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1513 Dunster Road, Rockville, MD 20854 on Wednesday December 16, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. The family will receive friends before the Mass from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Interment Fairfax Memorial Park, Fairfax, VA. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that friends do something kind for someone else. Please sign the family guestbook at: www.devolfuneralhome.com

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her…

If you can, please offer an Ave for her this day, and for all of us who love her. Thank you.