Loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, and aunt, Brenda Elizabeth Gilley of Karnes City went home to be with the Lord on August 10, 2021 at the age of 78.
Brenda was born in Gaffney, S.C. on February 26, 1943 to Mary E. Russel. She worked for HEB for 25 years starting in San Antonio, TX and retiring in Kenedy, TX. She was currently volunteering at Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital with the Pink Ladies. As a member of First Baptist Church of Karnes City she worked with children in Vacation Bible School and other programs.
Brenda is preceded in death by husband of 47 years, Johnny Ray Gilley, her mother Mary E. Russell, father-inlaw John W. Gilley, mother-in-law Addie Pearl Gilley, and two brothers, Ronnie and Jerry Russell. Brenda is survived by her brother Bobby Russell of Gaffeny, S.C., sisters Lee Greer of Jacksonville, Tx and Mary France Mays (Nashville, TN). Brother-in-law Raymond Gilley of Karnes City, TX, sisters-in-law Barbara Gilley of Karnes City, TX, Elizabeth Tessman of Kingsville, TX, and Gloria Gilley Hill of Cibolo, TX, nieces Clara Shirley, Libby Jones, Pamela June Mayes, nephews Shannon Greer, David Roberts, Wayne and Tim Russell, Chuck Greer, grandsons Josh Alexander and wife Brittney and Adam Alexander, great grandchildren Lenox and Layla Alexander and several other Texas nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Sunday, August 15, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Rhodes Funeral Home in Karnes City. Services were held Monday, August 16, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church in Karnes City with Pastor Nathan Ingle officiating. Interment followed in the Karnes City Cemetery next to her husband. Pallbearers: Adam Alexander, James Hill, Travis Tessman, Roger Gordy, Gordon Walleck, and Eric Montemayor.
Brenda will be missed here on earth for now, but she is finally home with her Lord and with Johnny she missed so much. Praise the Lord!