Brenda Joy (Queen of Beacon Hill North) Sutherland (05/18/1942 - 06/03/2018)

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Brenda Joy Sutherland

(AKA Queen of Beacon Hill North)

May 18, 1942 - June 3, 2018

If you are reading this then I have successfully transitioned to the next portion of my journey. I have led a very fulfilling life and am grateful for many accomplishments. I started out in Winnipeg, Manitoba being the eldest child of Samuel and Anne Payne. Four more children followed-Bonnie (Ed-deceased), Carol (Robert), Bryan (Pat), and James (deceased 2016). My greatest goal in life was to ensure that my two daughters, Tracey (Mark) and Robyn (Paul) would become strong independent women. They have done that in spades and it makes me so proud to have been their mother. One of the best names I had was "Grandma". My Ottawa Grandchildren were Brodie and Caleigh and my Hamilton Grandchildren were Maxwell and Quinn. I cannot express adequately the joy they brought to my life. One regret is I will not be able to join in their special moments, however, keep an eye out for Cardinals, yup that will remind them of me.

I was also happy to have been part of The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. I spent thirty plus years assisting students and faculty in their day to day routines. There were many wonderful students many of whom I kept in touch with over the years, Yay social media. I may be gone but the stories will live on.

After retiring from Carleton, life became even busier. I was able to give more time to Orleans United Church and became very involved in volunteering on various committees. I met so many wonderful people who became very important in my life. Thank you for all the support you gave to me particularly in the last part of my journey.

Another rewarding part of my life was the exercise class where I was a member. Rosario Holmes lead the Lung Maintenance program at the Ottawa Lung Association. The members of the group were unbelievable, very supportive, sharing their stories and all experiencing various issues with their lungs. I was grateful for their friendship.

I enjoyed so many things in my life. Cooking, baking, gardening (loved my pond), shopping, spending time in B.C. with James and my best baby sister Carol (Bob) (three musketeers), we sure had great times. I was blessed to have had so many special friends Janet, Janice, Judy, Beverley, Cheryl, Bonnie and Verna to name a few.

I would be remiss if I did not thank all the dedicated people at the Ottawa General Cancer Centre. Dr. MacRae, Dr. Laurie, Dr.Goindi, nurses and I must not forget Earl. He was always there with a great big hug. I gave it my best shot but it was not to be.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life and reception will be held at Orleans United Church, 1111 Orleans Blvd on June 11 at 1:00 p.m.

Donations to www.lungcancercanada.ca would be greatly appreciated.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from June 7 to June 9, 2018
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