Brenda Chambers

Brenda Meuse Chambers, born November 18, 1948, was the daughter of Maxsetta M. Meuse and William H. (Buster) Lesesne. Her formative years were spent in the loving care of her Dear Aunt Willa and Uncle Jake (Mr. & Mrs. Joe Thomas {Carrie Wilhelmina Meuse}) in Miami, Florida. Summers were spent with her mother and family members in Kissimmee. Upon the death of her Aunt Willa, Brenda returned to Kissimmee and began attending Kissimmee High School in the 4th Grade.

As an outgoing adolescent and teen, Brenda and two of her friends did everything together and were known as the Three Musketeers because whenever you would see on you would see all three. She was actively involved in KHS extracurricular activities and was a member of the Girls Basketball team and New Homemakers of America.

Brenda met, dated, and later married (De. 1966) her high school sweetheart, Cornelius J.B. Chambers. They had one child, Sonya Yvette. Cornelius immediately reported for military duty in Vietnam, which meant that their time together as a family was quite brief, as Cornelius perished (April 1967) in Vietnam. Brenda shared that in their parting moments, Cornelius assured her that he would always take care of her, his wife, and child and he did. However, life for Brenda and her baby girl would never, ever, be the same.

Together Brenda, and one of her friends, attended and graduated from Jones High School in 1967. Following a stint as a Wald Disney World employee, Brenda decided to move to Loas Angeles, CA. There she met friends who became family. Sisters Sharon Johnson Jackson and Janice Marie Johnson remain as close to her as sisters. They along with Mercy Harris, Rose Miller, Helen Lacy, Rosemary Jones, Carol Griffin, Nancy & Carmelita Wagstaff, Alondra Henderson, the Red Haters, and their families became family to Brenda and Sonya, also.

In 1974, Brenda and Sharon applied for, tested, and were subsequently hired (1975) as tow of the very few women who were employed with the California Department of Prisons’ male Prisons as CIM On Call Permanent Intermittent Correctional Officers in Chino, CA. they could only work in one of four facilities covering posts of Officers on sick leave.

As a Corrections Officer, Brenda was well-suited for the position and well respected by staff and inmates, alike. Everyone knew that Brenda did not tolerate nonsense on her WATCH and that they must come correct. Throughout her career, Brenda was promoted to Sergeant and retires as Lieutenant Chambers in 2002 with 25+ years of service.

Over the years, her dogs; Jake & Buster, Magic & Najee, Ribbons, TeeTee(Teddy), Sam and Bootsy were her constant companions and she treated them royally. Brenda loved her California life and family, but decided to move home to Florida to be near family when she became ill.

An immense love for family and friends and a serious sense of fashion and style we as synonymous to Brenda as the air we breathe. Her In-Laws (Cornelius’s family) meant the world to her, as did connecting with additional biological siblings and family that she otherwise was not aware of. Despite the tragic loss of her beloved husband early on, Brenda lived a good life, filled with the love of her dogs, family, and friends.

Those left to Cherish Brenda’s Memory are her daughter: Sonya Chambers Ellahib, Siblings: Levy Meuse (Suwanee), Linda Meuse, Juanita Lesesne, Rosa “Teressa” Harris (Robert), Willie Phillips (Tracey) and Carl Lesesne; In-Laws: Val Tomlinson, Patricia Richard, Carol Chambers and Darrell Chambers: Special Cousins: Judy Cheek, Alberta Meuse Wilshire, Taneka Wilshire, Sarah Meuse Cooper and a host of Sorrowful Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Other Family Members and Friends.

A visitation will be held on April 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, located at 400 East Columbia Avenue in Kissimmee.

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