Brenna Vorhis

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Brenna Jean Vorhis of Richmond, Va. passed away in Williamsburg, Va. on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. She was 23. She was born August 10, 1989. Brenna was a 2008 graduate of Deep Run High School, Richmond, Va., where she excelled academically and musically. She was a flutist in the Deep Run High School bands, the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the All-Virginia Band and went on to participate in the College of William and Mary Symphony Orchestra and Wind Quartet. She was a 2012 graduate of the College of William and Mary (Dean's List) with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and was pursuing her master's degree in Public Policy at W&M and serving as a graduate assistant for the Office of Economic Development. Brenna also studied at Christ's College of the University of Cambridge, England in 2011. During the 2011 Virginia General Assembly, Brenna interned with State Sen. John Miller (D-1st District) and subsequently worked on Sen. Miller's re-election campaign. Brenna is remembered by friends and family as loyal, determined and passionate about making a difference in the world. She loved music, humor and politics and possessed a rapier-like wit. She also dearly loved her cat, Heath.
Survivors include her parents, Patricia Ann Murphy and Richard Carson Vorhis and his wife, Sarah; a brother, Kevin Vorhis; paternal grandparents, Donald and Lois Vorhis; maternal uncles and aunts, Dennis and Janie Murphy, Christy and David Campbell, and Scott and Stacy Murphy; paternal uncles and aunts, David and Debbie Vorhis and Linda and John James; and many loving cousins.
She was the granddaughter of the late Charles L. and Norma Jean Weddle Murphy of Liberty. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to the College of William & Mary, Thomas Jefferson Program of Public Policy (2918-Vorhis), P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187; or to the Richmond SPCA, Robins-Starr Humane Center, 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220. A memorial service was held Jan. 25 at Commonwealth Auditorium in the Sadler Center, the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
Published in The Casey County News from Jan. 23 to Jan. 30, 2013