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Brenda Elizabeth Dearborn

Brenda Elizabeth Dearborn
  • March 11, 1949 - April 21, 2017
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Water Mission
    P.O. Box 71489
    North Charleston, SC 29415

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“Dear Steve,Kristen and Heidi , I just heard about Brenda. I am so sorry for your family's loss. I remember all our times together in Snee Farm. How...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Francette Wrobleski - Awendaw, SC

“My condolences to the family. I know this is a difficult for the family and I pray God comfort you during this time. May the many cherished...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Lisa - SC

In loving memory! “Dear Steve, I will always remember the good times we all shared and how dear Brenda lit up a room with her personality.... I will miss her and wish...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Adelaide Herring - McClellanville, SC

“I have such fond memories of my time with Brenda on various Snee Farm tennis teams. What a fun and caring person she was! <br />So sorry to...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Nancy Liebetrau - Erie, CO

“Dear Steve and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Please know,that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Someday we all will...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Candace Snow Smith - Laconia, NH

“I once bought a business from Brenda's in laws. Earl and Marge Dearborn were wonderful people, and I have many fond memories of them in Naples, as I...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Jim Keil - Port Charlotte, FL

“Steve and family so sorry for your loss you are in my thoughts and prayers.With sympathy Betty Lizarralde ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Betty Lizarralde - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Steve, Kristen, and Heidi,Please know that we are grieving the lid of this incredible lady, mother , and wife. We love y'all and will continue to...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Luanne Fendig - GA

“May God be by the children and family's side at this heartbreaking time. He will make you strong. ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“We are so sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. We so enjoyed the time we met and the conversations we had. It was also so nice to meet your family on...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Philip Buzz Morton - Naples, ME

“Steve, I was so sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. She was a sweetheart. She put up a good fight this last year or so. My thoughts & prayers go out...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Judith (Judy) Macdonald (Knight) - FL

“Steve & family, So sorry to hear of your wife's passing. Hugs and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.Sincerely,Annie Evans ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Annie Evans - Richwood, OH

“Brenda always lit up the room when she entered it. Her smile and laugh made us all want share in the fun. So many wonderful times together. I...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Tracey Graffam-Dickson - NH

“I met Brenda when we were 10 years old, and we were best buds through school. We sang together in high school and church choir, played basketball and...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Carol Riley - Cumberland Center, ME

“Dear Steve & Family,So sorry to hear of Brenda's passing, I always remember her zest for life & I see thru your wonderful tribute of photos that...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy McDonald Bodmer - FL

“our great friend will always be remembered.She was a very special person to many ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: ken and nancy knight - anna maria, FL

“Dear Steve and Family - It is with great sadness that I learned of your loss. My memories immediately went to a time of childhood friendship and...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Elaine Rioux - Bridgton, ME


Brenda Elizabeth Dearborn, 68, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, wife of Stephen L. Dearborn died peacefully at home Friday, April 21, 2017 after a hard fought battle with cancer. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the J. HENRY STUHR INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL, 1494 Mathis Ferry Rd., at 12:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at the funeral home. Another celebration of her life will be planned in Maine this summer.

Brenda was born March 11, 1949 in Bridgton, Maine, daughter of the late Bruce Cole, Sr. and Arlene Russell Fellman. She graduated from Bridgton High School in 1967. She and her family were fortunate to have lived and traveled to many areas both domestically and internationally which meant a large and diverse ring of close friends that she held near and dear. Brenda was a very good athlete. She played basketball, softball, and enjoyed skiing early on then focused on competitive team tennis and went speed walking 5-6 miles per day for the past 30 years. She felt her life had been lived to the fullest and that her family had been truly blessed. Her bucket list was complete with no rock left unturned.

Brenda had a real zest for life and was an amazing wife, loving mother, loyal friend and doting Nana to her grandchildren. In a word, she was the foundation of the family which allowed all around her to follow their dreams. Her love, her smile, her quick wit and her many passions kept her life full of joy. She had a real flair for cooking and tweaking a recipe which made her very popular with family and friends. Many a time one of her grandsons would be sitting on the counter helping fix "that special dish." She loved gardening and gathering discarded bricks for patios and pathways and she picked up rocks between Maine and South Carolina in order to create bedding areas and stone walls at the family home in Maine. She loved filling her homes with collectibles and antiques. No holiday went unnoticed due to her extensive decorating. Brenda was in the truest sense, a hunter-gatherer.

Over the past year, Brenda showed a courage that would be hard to match. That courage was in large part due to the wonderful and loving group of family and friends both near and far whose support was awe inspiring. She will be missed and never replaced because she was the "complete package." Her family will now celebrate her wonderful life and the impact she had in her 68 years young. She is in a better place and her family will one day be by her side once again.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Stephen L. Dearborn of Mount Pleasant, SC; mother, Arlene Russell Fellman of Bridgton ME; two daughters, Heidi Noelle Mahoney (John) of Mount Pleasant, SC and Kristen Beth Cummings (Douglas) of Anchorage, AK; two grandsons, Andrew Michael Milligan (Callie) of St. Simons Island, GA and Nicholas Cummings of Anchorage, AK; two brothers, Bruce Cole, Jr. (Susan) of North Bridgton, ME and Gary Cole (Suzanne) of N. Monmouth, ME and a sister, Jeannine Cole of Lewiston, ME; a niece, nephew and numerous cousins also survive.

Memorials may be made to Water Mission, P.O. Box 71489, N. Charleston, SC 29415.