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