Brenda K. Travis

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The memorial service for Brenda K. Travis, 78, of Rochester, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Bear Creek Lutheran Church in rural Grand Meadow, with the Rev. Larry Iverson officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.

Brenda died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Brenda Karen Travis was born at the Peterson Nursing Home in Grand Meadow on June 25, 1938. Her parents were William (Bill) and Gladys (Nelson) Travis who lived on a farm near Racine. Brenda attended a one-room school near the farm for eight years. In 1956, she graduated from Stewartville High School, and in 1960, received a bachelor's degree in education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Later, she earned a master's degree from the University of Minnesota.

Brenda taught two years at Morgan High School in Morgan, Minn. In 1962, she bought a ticket to Washington, D.C., and sought a job in the Department of Defense Overseas Dependent Schools. Asmara High School in Ethiopia (now Eritrea) was her station for two years. She then transferred to Mannheim, Germany; Ankara and Izmir Turkey; Kenitra, Morocco; Okinawa; Subic Bay, Philippines and then Okinawa after the bases closed in the Philippines. She taught business classes for a total of 32 years overseas. In addition to teaching duties, she was a member of the Overseas Education Association (now the Federal Education Association), serving 15 years as board president.

Brenda loved to travel and did so extensively during her teaching career and continued after retiring, visiting more than 100 countries. She made many lifelong friends during her years teaching and on her travels. Some of her hobbies were gaining a private pilot's license, obtaining a scuba diver's license and playing duplicate bridge.

She is survived by her brother, Glen (Sally) Travis of Dodge Center, and Judy Travis of Sacramento, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews and her many friends.

Her parents, two brothers, Richard Travis and infant Kenneth, and a sister-in-law, Lavonne Travis, preceded her in death.

A time of visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the Bear Creek Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.


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Griffin-Gray Funeral Home
201 3rd Ave. N.W.
Stewartville, MN 55976
(507) 533-4664
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Oct. 27, 2016
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