Brenda Maher Parten

  • Born: October 15, 1947
  • Died: November 3, 2018
  • Location: Leander, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home - Leander/Cedar Park

1200 South Bagdad Rd.
Leander, TX 78641
Tel. (512) 260-8800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Brenda Maher Parten passed away on November 3, 2018 in Leander, Texas. Brenda was born on October 15, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Richard and Margaret (Donovan) Maher. She spent much of her childhood with her widowed mother and three siblings in Lubbock, Texas. She attended Christ the King Cathedral school and graduated from Monterey H.S. in 1966. She graduated from Texas Tech University in 1970.

Brenda taught in Orange County, California, Amarillo, Texas and Lubbock, Texas for many years. She taught at all levels of elementary school and preschool. She also created crafts and jewelry under "Brenda's Designs" for several years.

Brenda loved arts and crafts from making plastic ornaments and jewelry to painting a mural on a long cement wall in the back yard. She could and did sew almost anything from dresses to a dinosaur mascot costume. Brenda loved listening to Irish music and celebrating her Irish heritage. She loved crossword puzzles, and really enjoyed meeting new people. She had a quick smile and compliment for everyone. She would talk to anyone.

Brenda was a member of St Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Lubbock, Texas for several years.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 47 years, Micheal Parten; son Brian and wife Ginger Parten of Burnet, Texas; a very special nephew, Mike Maher and wife Angela of Rowlett, Texas. She is also survived by her brother Micheal Maher and wife Joan of San Jose, California; her sister Dierdre Maher and husband Lou Bewersdorf of Encinitas, California; and sister-in-law Robin Maher of Austin, Texas; three beloved grandchildren: Cierra, Jesse and Dakota Parten of Burnet, Texas; nieces and nephews: Katherine, Daniel, and Brendan Maher of California; Mike, Joseph (Jack), and Margaret (Maggie) Maher of Texas; grand nieces and nephews: Aiden and Lucie Maher of Texas; numerous Donovan cousins and other friends and family.

Brenda was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret, father, Richard, brother, Patrick Maher, and sister-in-law, Christi Williams.

Services will be on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. John the Evangelist, 105 Hwy 1431 E., Marble Falls, Texas with Rev. Pedro Garcia-Ramirez officiating. A private interment at Resthaven Memorial Park, Lubbock, Texas will be on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 11:00 am.

Please make any memorial contributions to Catholic Family Services or the charity of your choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I loved Brenda! My entire family loved Brenda. She made each of us feel special with witty, descriptive compliments. She was thoughtful (full of thought for) friends, family, and strangers everywhere. It was like a happy job for her that she remembered favorite and preferred "everything" about everyone. When she visited our home, my kitchen was spotless, and my garden weeds were gone when she left. When did she do that?

As much as she did for friends, her focus never left her family. We would say she took care of her mother, but she would say she had fun with her mother. She and Mickey provided an open-door home and recharging station for many. She had fun with her brothers and faithful sister Deirdre. Even in sad times, her smile and a quip or two diffused grief, if only for a minute.

I will miss my friend Brenda but will still giggle at the silliness we shared for 46 years.

Posted by JoAnn McKinzey    November 28, 2018

My dearest Brenda, how I've missed you and wished I'd had a number to contact you. I've missed you and will continue to miss you. I know that the Lord has opened His arms to you as you were a faithful servant.

My deepest condolences to all of the family most especially to her husband, son and family and Deirdre. I loved Brenda so much and often thought of her especially on her birthday. She was a wonderful person, and I considered her more than a patient, but a friend. She touched my life, and I have great memories of her as she acted motherly towards me always. May she rest in peace through the mercy of our Lord.

Posted by Olga Barboza Rodriguez - CROSBYTON, TX   November 27, 2018

Brenda's passing was a big shock. Heard about it from Tom McGovern.Brings back so many treasured memories. Although separated by distance the Maher family has always had an important place in our life. Many memorable moments full of love and laughter. Our thoughts go out to Mickey, Deirdre, and Michael. You all are in our prayers.

Jim and Ginny Elledge, Spring, Texas
November 26, 2018

Posted by Jim& Ginny Elledge - Spring, Texas, TX - Family Friend   November 26, 2018

so very sad to hear about Brenda. She was a lovely and caring person. God bless and keep to all the family.
Suzie Porter

Posted by Suzie Porter - Lubbock, TX - Friend   November 26, 2018

We want to express our condolences to Michael and Brian for your loss. We are sorry to hear about her passing. My wife and I met her at a surprise birthday party for Michael many years ago. She was a great hostess and made us all feel welcome. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Posted by Eddie Arrant - Plano, TX   November 25, 2018

Sad to know about Brenda's passing. Best wishes to all the family from Mary and Darrell Vines, Lubbock.

Posted by A friend   November 25, 2018

We lost touch with each other over the years. I have many great memories of spending many hours at her house when we were in school. Oh stories I could share of the love from her Mom and family! May she RIP with her Mom and others..
Love and prayers for Mickey, Brian and the rest of the family..
I love all of y'all!

Posted by Vicki Collins Kuch - Celina, TX   November 25, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to Mickey, Brian, and family as well as Michael and Deirdre and families. We love all of you and think of you often and were saddened to learn of Brenda's passing. We know that she is reunited in heaven with her dear mother, Peggy and Patrick.

Love, Anita Grant Walker and Robbie Grant Bedker

Posted by Anita Walker - Lubbock, TX - Family Friend   November 25, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Sandi & Steve Willingham - Lubbock, TX   November 25, 2018

Dearest Brenda be with God and all those who have passed before you. I am sorry you had such a difficult path tp heaven. You and your family kept me going when I lived in Texas. I always loved coming to Lubbock with Gerry and the kids. My sincerest condolences to Mickey, and Brian and his family. Love for eternity. Donna Donovan

Posted by Donna S. Donovan - San Francisco, CA - Family   November 13, 2018

in loving memory of my old friend, brenda,with whom i had lost touch these last few years..may she rest in peace and be "dancing an irish jig" with her mom in heaven..deepest sympathy to her son brian and her husband michael..

Posted by mary susan watkins - spring, TX - friend   November 11, 2018


may she rest in peace..i knew Brenda for many years and somehow we lost touch..i know she is up in heaven with her mom and all of her irish ancestors,dancing a jig!deepest sympathy to her family..she will be missed..

Posted by mary susan watkins - spring, TX - friend   November 11, 2018

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