Brenda Diane Seward
October 2, 1959-September 24, 2019
Brenda Diane McNew Seward, 59, after struggling with diabetes and cancer, is now at peace.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Martin Seward; her five children and their spouses; Theresa Courtright and her husband, Steven, April Seward, Stacey Cook and her husband, David Ray, John Seward and his wife, Karen, Micheal Seward and his wife, Danielle; nine grandchildren, David Cook, Anthony Seward, Robert Seward, Tyler Courtright, Victoria Cook, Dylan Courtright, John Seward Jr, Audrey Seward, and Jackson Courtright.
Born in Richmond Virginia, she is preceded in death by her parents, Eugene McNew Sr. and Doris Cheatam and her brothers, Eugene McNew Jr, Ronald McNew and Glen McNew.
Though the love and faithfulness to her husband and family took precedence above everything else, years after an early start on motherhood she went back to college and was proud to land herself on the Dean’s List. Brenda was also a lover of history and literature, spreading her love of reading to her children. She made a dream come true when she opened the doors to her own bookstore in Ashland. Brenda was also an advocate for women’s rights, equality for all, helping with various rallies and other functions. She will be sorely missed by many.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 5 at Lakeside Methodist church, 2333 Hilliard Rd, Richmond, VA 23228.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or UniteWomen.org
My amazing mother left her mark on the world. She will always be the voice in my head, helping me to make the choices that matter in my life. Thank you for all that you have given me, and for the beautiful memories and for the laughs we shared.
Brenda was a wonderful wife loving mother and a great grandmother I can remember moving in the same neighborhood matter of fact next door being her cousin it was great to be her neigjbor. Her kids would play in there front yard and mine it was a joy to watch them all play my son Timmy and Thresa and Steven were good friends. It’s hard to believe she’s gone but no more pain. She’s with her family now but trust me I’m sure there will be so raising cane rip Brenda.
To Stacey Cook, I just seen where your Sweet Mother passed away. I’m so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know her but she had to be a great mom since she raised such a very pretty daghter that is a Great Mother herself.. You know your Mom is at peace now & she has no more pain.. She is in God’s hands now.. Please be strong for her, you know she would want that..
Thank you so much for all the kind words. Our family was so lucky to have so much love and support from family and friends.
Brenda was one of the most incredible and beautiful women I ever met. Her passion and dedication for everything she did was obvious to those around her. Her deep abiding love for her husband and family only made her even more beautiful. I will miss you dearly but I will carry you in my heart forever. I am so grateful and blessed to have had our paths cross in this journey. You taught me what sisterhood meant and the beauty and strength of having a sisterhood tribe. I will truly miss you my friend.
It’s great to hear that our mom left such a positive impression on others and that she will be so kindly remembered. Thank you
I can still see that that little redheaded girl with the orphan Annie curls, walking up and down Lincoln St., checking out the new kids on the block! She grew up to be a lovely, caring lady. I’m so happy I was able to reconnect with her on facebook and appreciate her humor, wisdom and passion. Deepest sympathy to all the family.