Brenda Kay (Samples) Bricker, 68, Grove, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Joplin, Missouri.
She was born on May 13, 1949 in Odessa, Texas. She was the ninth of 10 children born to Alfred Williams and Ettie Melinda (Kilmer) Samples. She attended Ector Jr/Sr High School in Odessa, Tx and graduated from Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia where she later met her husband Jack.
On May 16, 1969 she was united in marriage to Jack Bricker. The couple had two sons and made their home in Altoona, Iowa. She worked as a financial advisor for years before going back to school and becoming a hairstylist. After retirement, the couple made their home in Grove.
Brenda Kay was a loving wife, a great mother and mother-in-law, a fun grandmother, a silly sister and a loyal friend. She loved to play her guitar and sing with her family and was known to play a mean tambourine. She loved a bargain and spent many hours at Cheapo Depot, garage sales and in thrift stores looking for the perfect find.
Brenda Kay enjoyed spending many hours on the beach looking for seashells and other treasures. She spent years perfecting her witches cackle and was the highlight of the neighborhood for many a Halloween.
She was always good for a laugh and enjoyed spending time with her many friends. She enjoyed knitting and connecting with friends and playing games on Facebook. She will forever be in our hearts and will be missed by all.
Left to honor her memory is her husband of 48 years, Jack; two sons, Kirk Vincent Bricker and wife Danielle of Goldfield, Iowa, and Jonathan Aaron Bricker and wife Yolonda of Conrad, Iowa; and five grandchildren, Ashley, Kaylie, Kaden, Lily and James.
As well as siblings, Al (Sonny) & Yvonne Samples of Farmington, Arkansas, Patricia Robinson of Grove, Lottie Miller of Broken Arrow, Iva Lou Samples & Katherine Denney of Grove, and Gwendolyn and Larry Brazeal of Tulsa, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many cherished friends that she considered family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Ettie Samples; brothers Billy Ray and Jimmy Doyle Samples; and sisters Eula J. (Samples) Kernes and Carolyn Sue (Samples) Barr.
Funeral services took place on Wednesday, July 5, at Ellis Family Funeral Home Chapel in Grove, with interment following at Olympus Cemetery in Grove.