November 27,1949 – December 7, 2012
Brenda passed peacefully with family by her side at her beachfront home in Royston on Friday, December 7th, 2012. Born November 27th, 1949 in Cumberland, BC, she was the daughter of John and Edna Mae Hutton (Watson). She is survived by her loving husband Richard Simmonds (36 years); three wonderful children Erin, Katie, and Greg; and sister Gail Ross (husband Ron).
Brenda was an outstanding and dedicated educator. Throughout her more than 30 years in teaching, Brenda impacted the lives of many students, parents, and colleagues. She shared her passion for reading and lifelong learning with all who knew her. As a friend, teacher, principal, and mentor, Brenda will be missed by all.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation. To honour her love of reading and passion for teaching you can donate a favourite book to the Victoria School District care of Mr. John Gaiptman at 556 Boleskin Rd, Victoria, V8Z 1E8.
In celebration of Brenda, we will be hosting two afternoon teas. The first will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11th from 2 – 4 pm at Brenda’s house in Royston (257 Bartel Rd). The second tea will be held in Victoria Sunday, Dec. 16th from 1- 4 pm at Monterey Middle School.
“May we all live lives as worthy of celebration and joyful reflection as Brenda’s.”