Tribute to our Mother Brenda Joyce Guillory-Lewis March 14, 1944 - March 3, 2021 Obituary for God’s Daughter
Partings come and hearts are broken, loved ones go with words unspoken. Our consolation is that our mother has her place in our Fathers mansion.
With her family beside her bed, in her home in Spring, Texas our mother, grand-mother and great-grand-mother transitioned home. A place the Lord has prepared for her on March 3, 2021 at 11:21pm.
Our mother, Brenda Joyce Guillory-Lewis was born in Los Angeles, California to Roy Harvey Lewis and Lucille Joan (Brandon) Lewis on March 14, 1944. She graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, California in 1962.
She married Anthony Guillory in Los Angeles, California. She was a mother of five beautiful children. She graduated with her Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) certificate and owned Kim’s Touch of Joi event planning for more than 35 years. She was an active member of her church including being an usher, council board member and minister to all.
Brenda is preceded in death by her parents: Roy Harvey Lewis, Lucille Joan Brandon, her sisters Deborah Platt, Beverly Miller, Barbara Duncan, her brother Robert Lewis. Her Aunt Mary Williams, her cousins Michael Brandon and Alvin Lewis, her two Guillory brother-in- laws, one Guillory sister-in-law, two Lewis sister-in-law’s, one Jenkins brother-in-law, one Duncan brother-in-law, and one Eckford brother-in-law and one Johnson nephew and great aunts and uncles.
Our mother Brenda is survived by: Her children and their spouses: Antonio Deyon Guillory (Chikia), Kim Lashawn Guillory-Odunlami (Tolu), Joi Cherrie Guillory-Alicea (Edgard), Justin Roy Guillory (Tatiana), Anthony Guillory (Amanda)
Her siblings: Leroy Lewis, Mary Jenkins-Lewis, and Ronald Lewis Her Cousins: Robert Williams (Dana), Jerry and Kathy Her sister-in- laws: Mary-Lillian (Fat Nana) Guillory, Levonnya Lewis (Bubbles), and Barbara Lewis. Her brother-in-law’s: Samuel Platt, Herman Miller and Arthur Lacey
Her great-grand-children: Dianggello Jr., Jovan, Josiah, Christopher, Alliyah, Roman, Savanah, Jiselle, Avery, Liem, and Skylar
Her special friends: Uncle Joe Moore (brother Joe) was her brother and friend in Christ and beyond, your unwavering love Uncle Joe and your prayers have been noted on earth and in Heaven! Chatho and Gina Menchaca and their family have a special place in our mother’s heart! Her good friends Wilma (deceased) and her children, Stacey, Barbara, Wess, Debra, Auntie Lil, Momma Rose, and so many others.
Her Goddaughter LaMonica Lacey: Our Mother loved, loved her Goddaughter, her unwavering love and support for you and from you is noted in Heaven and on earth. It has always been a pleasure to know our Mother had you as her special Daughter, she never showed favoritism, but all of her children know you had that special place in her spirit, she would smile ear-to-ear if your name was mentioned. Goddaughters have that way with their Godmothers.
Her Niece Cheryl Eckford-Willis had a special relationship with our Mother, we knew if she was not talking with her Sisters growing up, especially Auntie Barbara (Deceased) we knew it was Cheryl.
The family of Brenda Guillory-Lewis wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Lee Gasper for her amazing hospice care, Andrea for her loving and Godly care of our mother and Kim who also cared for my mother in her last days. For all of you who sent flowers, Sharon Tesler (United Flight Attendant) we are grateful, for the food from Brittney Perry, Pam Edwards, Mia Lewis, Uncle Ronald, Kim, Kimberly, and those who flew in to see momma, Monica (her God-daughter), and Cecilia …all her kids and our cousins Utie, Christy, Brittney, Jurea, Pam, Brandy just naming a few, we are eternally grateful for the love and support as we stood by our mother until her last breath.
Mom, As your oldest child, I witnessed firsthand all of the sacrifices you made to protect and provide for me and my siblings. As a young man, I would cut grass and do odd jobs in the neighborhood to earn money. When money got low for you, I couldn’t wait to show you that I had saved to help you with the things you needed. We were always a team.
Thank you for your love of camping. You started the tradition with just your kids and grandkids going camping each year. Your desire to spend a quiet weekend with your immediate family, turned into an annual camping trip that includes hundreds of family and friends. I will do my best to carry on your tradition.
I will miss watching movies with you. When a new movie came out, we couldn’t wait to get together to watch it. You were so dramatic when we watched a movie, I watched your reactions to the scenes more than the movie itself! You knew that was our favorite thing to do together and move night won’t be the same without you.
Everybody had their own special bond with you, but you made sure everyone knew that I am your first born, and no one else could hold that title. You are my mother, my strength, and my friend. I am the man I am because of the woman you were. I can’t wait to get to Heaven to see you again! I love you Mom.
Momma you will be dearly missed, the world was blessed to have a woman of God who never wavered her stance on that of the Most-High. There is no doubt you are resting and working in the mansion that has been prepared for you. I am going to miss you, but I am grateful for the template of life you have given and instill in ALL those who crossed your path. We traveled the world together, laughed, talked, and shared a bond that most mothers and daughters could only pray for, thank you for being you and being a clean woman who was not of the world. You told me many times that you were grateful that I understood the word of God, you were pleased with my spiritual development and thank you for letting me know while you were here. You believed in giving people their roses while they lived, and you did that. We will see each other again, because my life will be greater and closer to God so that I too can make the grade. Thank you for loving and disciplining my kids like your own, they love you without measure. I amcommitting my children into your hands; I know you can do more for them in the spirit realm than you could have on earth. You have taken your all to the altar body and soul.
I love you girl…Kim.
Momma, thank you for being my best friend! Thank you for teaching me how to live my life as a Christian woman. My heart hurts! I miss you so much and I know as the days pass my sorrow will only increase. I am sorry for anything I did that was not pleasing to you! I promise that I will continue to grow and learn more about the Lord. I know that that is what you want. I love you Momma and I always will.
Momma, you never stopped praying for me. You saw the good in me and you stood on that good and never gave up. You spent your life blessings and praying for your children, your sacrificial love is unmatched, and I want you to know, that your prayers saved my life. I will continue to pray and do what you have shown and taught. Thank you for loving me, my wife, and my children unconditionally. You were truly a woman of God and your light shined before man! To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! I will miss you Momma, and you and I will be taking our last road trip together, I will be driving you home on the trip you asked me for. Rest well momma, tell daddy we love him, and I know our work in Heaven will be great. You were the best of the best in quality and character, I am grateful to have been a part of your care, times I will cherish, thank you for allowing my wife and I to care for you.
Mama, I want to say thank you for always believing in me. Thank you for teaching me right from wrong. Thank you for being a God-Fearing woman and passing it down to me. Thank you for always showing love to my wife and my kids. It is because of you that I know God and I can’t thank you enough for your sacrifice. You’re the best mom I could ever ask for, and I will always be eternally grateful to God for giving me you.
I love you momma️,Nunie (Your Baby Boy)
***** Funeral repast service will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 3pm at 5838 Newcomb Ct. Fontana, California. Our mother has been cremated and her ashes will be laid to rest by our father Anthony Guillory at a later-date.