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Brenda Louise Ayo Keith Rein Resident of Oakland, CA Brenda Louise Ayo Keith Rein transitioned peacefully in her home on Sunday, May 2, 2010, after a lengthy battle with esophageal cancer. Brenda was born on January 10, 1942, in New Orleans Louisiana. She was 68 years old, and a long time resident of Oakland. Brenda graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from the University of Kentucky with a Master of Arts degree. Brenda worked in the banking industry as a stock broker and trader of international commodities. Brenda was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She was an avid reader, and an international traveler. Brenda is survived by her husband, Attorney, Paul Rein, son Vincent Keith, of London England, and daughter Pamela Keith of Indianapolis, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society. There will be a memorial service at the Chapel of the Chimes at 11 am Saturday, May 8. A reception will follow at noon. The address is: 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA.

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Published in Inside Bay Area on May 7, 2010.
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November 2, 2010
brenda keith (rein)... my other momma... thanks for all of the memories... ain't nobody like you woman... colorfully tellin' it like it is... truly your forte... i love me some you... miss you much... always...
Judith Smith
November 2, 2010
I miss you so much Brenda. I have so many questions that I would love for you to answer about travel, politics, and just life in general. You were my life instructor and I will always love you.
tracy Smith
May 31, 2010
I am so sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. I had a compulsion simply to google Brenda's name this evening, and just came across this death notice. I have often thought of Brenda, especially since my own mother died this time last year, and have thought of reestablishing contact with my 'black mama' as she used to call herself. I am gutted that it is now too late. Pamela and Vincent, my heart goes out to both of you. Donald Holloway (
Don Holloway
May 24, 2010
She was truly one of a kind. Honest, caring, and very out spoken. But her heart was always open to help anyone that came her way. She will never be forgotten in my heart. Mary Ramsey
May 7, 2010
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