WINTHROP - Brenda Greenlaw (aka Bea), 59, of Winthrop, died peacefully on July 1, 2014, after a battle with illness, with her loving children at her side.
Brenda was born Oct. 19, 1954, in Waterville. She was the daughter of Gerald R. Brayall and Mary E. (Sabine) Brayall. She was a graduate of Cony High School and lived most her life in Kennebec County. For many of her earlier years, she worked as a switchboard operator.
Brenda enjoyed being with her family, especially her two children, whom she was very proud of and cherished immensely. Some of her hobbies included puzzles, listening to music, card and dice games and her kindle. Moosehead Lake, Echo Lake and New Hampshire were some of her favorite getaways whenever possible.
Brenda was predeceased by her father, Gerald R. Brayall, on Nov. 13, 1994; her mother, Mary E. Brayall, on April 14, 2006; and her brother Gary "Tank" L. Brayall on Nov. 16, 2006.
She is survived by her husband, Stephen B. Greenlaw, of Winthrop; the father of her children, Vincent Kanhai-Singh, of Litchfield, N.H.; her children Vincent K. Kanhai-Singh and his fiancee, Lisa M. Guertin, of Nashua, N.H., and Camille I. (Kanhai-Singh) Scannell and her husband Fred A. Scannell Jr., of Augusta; her two brothers Linwood Brayall, of West Gardiner, and Roger Brayall, of Gardiner; and a sister, Kathleen Steff, of Iowa. Brenda also had eight stepchildren. The three she saw most often were Stephen St. Amand, of Winthrop, Stephanie St. Amand, of Waterville, and Mandy Sidelinger, of Gardiner. She never had grandchildren of her own but had three "granddogs" that she adored, Toro Kanhai-Singh, Cannibis Kanhai-Singh and Sitiva Scannell. She was, however, blessed with several stepgrandchildren.
Bea had a heart of gold and would literally give you the last dollar in her pocket, even if it meant she went without. She had a love for animals and a special place in her heart for Lab mix Bookah. She loved her family very much and had more friends than most. Brenda touched the lives of everyone around her and will be missed by many.
Visiting hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Staples Funeral Home in Gardiner, where a funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in the family lot at Oak Grove Cemetery, Gardiner.
Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, ME 04345.