Brenda Joyce Bates, age 59, of Wilmington passed away Friday, August 7, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born February 21, 1956 in Akron, Ohio the daughter of James Garrison and Joyce Fleming Garrison.
Brenda moved to Wilmington from Winston-Salem in 2009 and quickly felt at home. She began a rewarding career helping others find peace and recovery at The Launch Pad where her legacy will live on through all of the lives she helped save. She was fiercely devoted to her daughters and was constantly at the aid of others.
In addition to her parents, left to cherish her memory are her loving daughters, Amanda Bates and Lauryn Elizabeth Bates; brothers, James Garrison, Thomas Garrison and Jeffrey Garrison; and her cat, Tommy Bates.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28403. A reception will immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
The Launch Pad
PO Box 3543
Wilmington, NC 28406
Attn: The Brenda Bates Scholarship Fund
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