Submitted by: Dan Rich
Oct. 28, 1971 - March 27, 2008
South Bend Tribune 3/30/2008
SOUTH BEND - Brenda A. Wray, 36, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 27, in her residence. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Robert Mitchell and Eugene Zimmer. Brenda was born October 28, 1971, in South Bend.
On May 6, 2001, in Las Vegas, NV, Brenda married Daniel Wray, who survives. She is also survived by her mother and stepfather, Mary Ann (Malcolm) Cain of South Bend; her father and stepmother, James (Susan) Zimmer of Cassopolis; two stepdaughters, Rachel Wray and Morgan VanOverbergh of South Bend; two brothers, Robert Zimmer of Cassopolis and Brian (Jennifer Pehlke) Zimmer of Pasadena, CA; grandmothers, Margaret Mitchell of South Bend and Jane Zimmer of Edwardsburg; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gerald and Linda Wray of South Bend; two sisters-in-law, Kate and Steve Wiegand, Sarah and Leon Eck, both of South Bend; three brothers-in-law, Jerry Wray, Brian and Janet Wray and Nick Wray, all of South Bend; and by several nieces and nephews.
Brenda was employed at His & Hers Family Hair Care, Mishawaka, and formerly owned C J & Company Salon in South Bend. Brenda was a 1990 graduate of Riley High School, and a graduate of Premier College of Cosmetology. She was also a member and past MVP of Marroni's Dart League. Brenda loved her family and was passionate about her work. She loved tailgating and Notre Dame football. She was a great friend who could always be counted on to make sure everyone around her had a good time and was well fed - she was a great cook. Brenda always had a smile on her face, and we will never forget her laugh.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, with Rev. Gregory Haake officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 6 p.m. today (Sunday, March 30) in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brenda Wray Scholarship Fund, c/o South Bend Firefighters Federal Credit Union, 1122 S. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601.