Brenda Levonne Breese

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Brenda Levonne Breese of Wilkes-Barre went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 5, 2013, at 10:57 a.m.

She was born in Rich Square, N.C., to the late Arthur and Sidney Boone on May 6, 1950. She was married to her beloved husband, James Hugh Breese, for 28 years.

She graduated in 1968 from W.S. Creecy High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Fayetteville State University in May 1972. After graduation, she was employed by Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums for more than 28 years as a counselor. Due to her illness, she retired in January 2013.

Brenda was a past member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she served as a deaconess and a member of the Mount Zion Church Gospel Choir. She was a current member of New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church, where Bishop Wallace E. Smith presides. She was the first lady of First Baptist Church in Pittston, where her husband pastors. Brenda taught adult Sunday school and also facilitated the Women's Fellowship Ministry.

Brenda was preceded in death by her son, Sidney Hugh, and brother-in-law, Tyrone Dickens.

Surviving are her loving husband, James Hugh, and her son, Vincent James. In addition to her husband and son are her siblings, Arthur Boone (Marcy), California; John Boone (Mazie), Maryland; William Boone (Christine), North Carolina; Leslie Boone (Betty), North Carolina; Marjorie Boone (Herman), Pennsylvania; Darrell Boone, Colorado; Anita Dickens, Texas; and Rita Ambrose, Texas; and a whole host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church, 780 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church of Pittston Building Fund, Water Street, Pittston, PA 18640; to the New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church, 780 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; or to the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, One Charles Center, Suite 300, 100 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Brenda's obituary at

Funeral arrangements are by Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre.
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Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
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Published in Citizens' Voice from July 7 to July 10, 2013