DOVER - Brenda Joyce Wall passed away Fri., Sept. 6, 2013 at Delaware Hospice in Milford, concluding a five-month battle with bone-marrow cancer. Brenda spent portions of May, June, July and August 2013 as an outpatient and inpatient at Bay Health Medical Center, Kent General Hospital Oncology Department under the care of Dr I Khan and his staff. Brenda received several blood transfusions, platelet and sodium chloride transfusions. Ultimately, these treatments were unable to increase her blood platelet count and she moved toward semi-consciousness. Sept. 3, 2013, Dr Khan and Staff prepared to transfer Brenda to Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Delaware Hospice Center took Brenda to the Center Sept. 4, 2013. Cornelius J. Wall, Brenda's bereaved husband, visited her at Milford on Sept. 5, 2013 and found her breathing and in moderate pain from the cancer. Her kidneys had failed and death was imminent. Her good friends, Catherine and Woodrow Gravenor of Hartly, Del. visited her two times on Brenda's last live day. Brenda passed to Heaven at 4:03 a.m., Fri., Sept. 6, 2013. The Hospice Nurse notified Cornelius at 4:10 a.m. Cornelius called his brother, John A. Wall of Helena, Mont. John then called Patricia A. Wall, Cornelius's sister. Cornelius called the Gravenors, who took Cornelius to Milford make final arrangements for Brenda. While at the Hospice, Father John Gains of St James Anglican Parish in Georgetown, Del. visited with the Gravenors and Cornelius. Brenda was baptized by Father Gains and had been the Organist at St James for four years. Brenda Joyce Wall was born in Warren County, N.J. on Oct. 25, 1940. Her parents were Walter Gray and Eva Morgan Gray, both deceased. Her surviving sister, is Sylvia Huff who with husband William Huff reside and do business in New Egypt, N.J. Several relatives live in Warren County, N.J. Brenda was educated in Union and Mercer Counties in N.J. Father, Walter Gray was in the dairy business and mother spent most of her worklife in merchandise retailing and food service. Brenda attended and graduated from William Mac Master High School in Bordentown, N.J. in 1959. Brenda attended th St Louis School of Music in Clayton, Mo. from 1960 -1962. She did not graduate and returned home to N.J. She married Larry Forster of Midland, Mich. who was employed as a Machinist by RCA Corporation. Brenda had no children and became interested in Great Dane dogs. She and Larry showed their Great Danes in the East and Middle West in the 1960s and 1970s. One Bitch, Candy, was a champion. Larry and Brenda separated and divorced in 1982-83. Brenda then joined the "Princeton Singles Club" where she met Susan "Suzie" Linkfield who became a lifelong friend with whom she held intensive phone conversations. Brenda met Cornelius Wall at the Franklin Park Inn in Franklin Park N.J. Brenda and Cornelius were married by Warren Munroe, then Mayor of South Brunswick Township, N.J. Witnesses were Sylvia and William Huff. Brenda followed Cornelius as his work with the Federal Prison System took him to Ray Brook-Lake Placid N.Y., In Lake Placid at Lindsays Dining Room Brenda was the Pianist where she hit the gamut from classical to popular to ragtime and jazz for her audiences. When Brenda and Cornelius settled in Dover, Del. in 1994 Brenda became a Professional piano teacher with over 100 young and older students. Brenda followed this profession until she died. Brenda's remains will be Cremated by the Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Dover, Del. which is in charge of funeral service arrangements. The Memorial Service will be at St. James Parish Church in Georgetown. The Memorial Service is pending. Announcement will follow later.
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Published in NewsZapDE on Sept. 12, 2013