Brenna Jean Vorhis, 23, of Richmond passed away in Williamsburg on Jan. 10, 2013. She was born Aug. 10, 1989. She is survived by her parents, Patricia Ann Murphy and Richard Carson Vorhis and his wife, Sarah; brother, Kevin Vorhis; paternal grandparents, Donald and Lois Vorhis; maternal uncles and aunts, Dennis and Janie Murphy, Christy and David Campbell, and Scott and Stacy Murphy; paternal uncles and aunts, David and Debbie Vorhis, and Linda and John James; and many loving cousins. Brenna was a 2008 graduate of Deep Run High School where she excelled academically and musically. She was a flutist in the Deep Run HS bands, the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the All-Virginia Band and went on to participate in the William & Mary Symphony Orchestra and Wind Quartet. She was a 2012 graduate of William & Mary (Dean's List) with a bachelor of arts in government and was pursuing her master's degree in public policy at W&M and serving as a graduate assistant for the Office of Economic Development. During the 2011 Virginia General Assembly, Brenna interned with State Sen. John Miller (D-1st District) and subsequently worked on Sen. Miller's re-election campaign. Brenna is remembered by friends and family as loyal, determined and passionate about making a difference in the world. She loved music, humor and politics and possessed a rapier-like wit. She also dearly loved her cat, Heath. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to the Richmond SPCA, Robins-Starr Humane Center, 2519 Hermitage Rd., Richmond VA 23220. A memorial service will be held 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Commonwealth Auditorium in the Sadler Center at the College of William & Mary.
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Published in Virginia Gazette from Jan. 16 to Feb. 15, 2013