Brenda NEWBY

Newby; Brenda Lee

January 23, 1940 – October 13, 2014


Brenda Newby, born in Vancouver, BC, daughter of a long-time Chilliwack family, passed away at Lynn Valley Care Centre on October 13, 2014, surrounded by the love of her family. The four year old who was sent home from VGH to die some 70 years ago after all measures were taken, unsuccessfully, to cure her of a brain tumour beat the odds and then some. In spite of having to deal with some limitations imposed on her by her early illness, Brenda was one of the happiest, at-peace people one could ever meet. She found her perfect niche in life as an LPN at VGH and later St. Paul’s, working with babies and children. She loved her young wards and was well-loved in return. She was predeceased by her mother, Phyllis Olsen; father, Dr. W.G. “Tony” Newby; stepmother, Constance Newby; brother, Bruce Newby; and partner, Frank Madsen. Brenda is lovingly remembered by her family: sisters, Marita Lewis, and Jill Newby; brothers, Max (Gail) and Pat (Kathy); sister-in-law, Deborah; stepfather, Borge Olsen; stepsisters, Mary (Ernie) Harder and Wendy (John) Keenlyside; and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, and friends. Thank you to everyone who brightened up Brenda’s final days, including nephew Jeffrey Lewis who always brought a smile to “Aggie’s” face. We will all miss her gentle spirit. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Condolences and memories can be left at: www.kearneyfs.com