Brenda Ann Smith Ryan

Brenda Ann Smith Ryan, was a cherished mother, grandmother, partner, and friend to many.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Evon and Oliver Smith of Camilla, GA. Brenda is survived by her loving partner, Rich Clark of Freeport, FL; her son, Timothy Mark Ryan (Randy) of Defuniak Springs, FL; her daughter, Ashley Ann Caballero (Richard) of Clermont, FL; her granddaughter, Summer Riddell of Tampa; her step daughter, Allison Clark (Cedric) of Orlando; her three sisters, Debra (Jack) Mellon of Clearwater Beach, FL, Beverly (Jimmy) Cutchens of Bainbridge, GA, and A Briggs of Mims, FL; and countless friends she considered family. She also leaves behind her beloved dog and sidekick, Finn.

Brenda will always be remembered for her sense of humor, infectious laugh, love for her family, resilient spirit, the enjoyment she received from playing softball and her prowess on the softball pitcher’s mound.

Born in Winter Garden, FL, she spent most of her life in Central Florida, attending Apopka High School. Brenda often spoke of her greatest achievements in life being her children and the love she shared with their partners. She cherished moments with her granddaughter, enjoyed beach relaxation, indulged in shoe shopping, relished Lifetime movies, and delighted in feeding her hummingbirds.

There are certain aspects of life beyond our control, including the days of our birth and our passing.

In Judaism, departing on one’s birthday is considered a blessing, signifying completion of one’s life mission. Brenda fought bravely and has now imparted invaluable lessons, urging us to believe in ourselves and transcend perceived barriers.

Her memory will continue to inspire and guide those who knew and loved her, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts.

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