Brenda Coleen "Bren" Maler, 57, rested peacefully and resigned her soul to the Lord on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at her home in Hutto, comforted by her family. Celebration of life: for family and friends at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, 76107, 877-356-0584. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Brenda Maler to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation at NPCF P.O. Box 1848 Longmont, Colorado 80502, 800-859-6723 or at http://pancreaticcancer foundation.com/donate
. Brenda was born in El Paso on Oct. 15, 1955, daughter of the late Earl Weldon McNiel Sr., retired U.S. Air Force
, and B. Aileen McNiel. As a member of a military family, she moved numerous times during her childhood spending time in Abilene, Omaha, Neb., Clovis, N.M., Waco, Minot, N.D., Amarillo, and Fort Worth. She graduated from high school in 1973 and received her bachelor of science English degree from Lake Erie College in 1985. Brenda was always full of energy. She enjoyed many activities like reading books, listening to music, traveling, socializing with new people and old friends, laughing, and enjoying companionship with her pets. She was an avid motorcycle rider whether as the driver or passenger and owned several motorcycles which she rode confidently. Brenda saw more parts of the United States landmarks and interests in her short life than most people ever dream. Her favorite experiences were climbing the Red Rocks in Utah, white-water rafting the Snake River in Oregon, Sturgis, the northern lights in North Dakota, riding in a NYC cab, passing the motorcycle safety course and buying her own bike, and her dogs. Bren loved to experience new things, meet new people, and see the ordinary in a different light. She loved to throw caution to the wind. Brenda was preceded in death by her father, U.S. Air Force veteran Earl Weldon McNiel Sr., and her mother, B. Aileen McNiel. The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Odyssey Hospice for their excellent care of Bren and the support they provided to our family. Survivors: Her daughter, Angie Lyn Maler Paulson of Hutto; sister, Carrie Jo "Angie" Fowler and husband, Greg, of Alvarado; brother, Earl Weldon McNiel Jr. and wife, Becky, of Lubbock; brother, Michael Gene McNiel and wife, Phyllis, of Keller; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.