Brenda Susan Holliday O’Daniel, surrounded by family, passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
She was born November 27, 1950, the daughter to Allen “Pop” and Lillian Mae Holliday at Pensacola NAS Navy Hospital. She was raised in Pensacola. She has been married to her sweetheart Andy O’Daniel since February 7, 1969.
Known to so many as “Miss Brenda”, she fulfilled her purpose and passion of working with the youth, especially those of Pre-K ages, for over 30 years. Her career began at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church. She spent several years working at Creative Learning Center. She then served the majority of her years at Episcopal Day School eventually retiring in 2012. She worked vigorously with a splendid smile bringing joy to those she taught and worked with.
A devout Christian, Brenda grew up attending Richard’s Memorial and was member of Gulf Breeze United Methodist for over 40 years. She was passionate about the children’s ministry and each summer so looked forward to working Vacation Bible School. Known for being so kind and sweet, her joy would transcend the love of the Lord.
Brenda was passionate about her grandchildren. She loved dining with close friends, family gatherings, and boat rides with her Andy. She enjoyed a good nap with her puppies, often after working in her flower beds.
She is preceded by Allen S. Holliday and Lillian Mae Holliday. She is survived by her husband Andy O’Daniel Jr; children Shannon Pazos (and Chris), Drew O’Daniel (and Kylee); grandchildren Philip Pazos, Sarah Pazos; her brother Bruce Holliday (and Pam); and her puppy Charley.
The family would like to express gratitude to those who helped with her medical needs and comfort, Dr. Anita Westafer, Dr. Siyamwala, Dr. Ibrahim, Emerald Coast Hospice, and the family and friends who shared time, effort and love. Your kindness made her life better during her final days.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School and/or Episcopal Day School’s PreK (www.edscc.org) marked Brenda O’Daniel Memorial.
The visitation will begin at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 20, 2018 at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, 75 Fairpoint Drive, Gulf Breeze. A service of celebration will follow at 12:00 PM and a reception will be held immediately following the service, in the Fellowship Hall.
Arrangements entrusted to Rose Lawn Funeral Home of Gulf Breeze. You may offer condolences, share memories and sign the guestbook at www.roselawn-fh.com.
Just learned of Brenda's passing while at a Wahoos game. I had met and worked with Brenda at GBCPS. Always pleasant to work with her. Very sorry to hear she had been sick.
Margi (DeStefano) MiceliGulf Breeze, FL
Drew & Mr Andy, we are so sorry for the loss of your sweet mother and wife Ms Brenda. There are no words, just know your family is one of the finest I have ever met and Drew I truly love you like a brother. Always enjoyed visiting with your mom and dad when they attended your games in Houston. All of our love for you and your family during this difficult time.
Brett & Cathy DolanBaytown, TX
Dear Andy and Bruce. My heart goes out to you and yours during this sad time; with fond and loving memories of Brenda.
Janie Carpentergulf breeze, FL
Our thoughts and prayers are with the O'Daniel family during this time of loss and sorrow. Brenda will be missed by us all.
The Miragliotta's, Mike, Linda, Jon and Amypensacola, FL
So sorry for your loss. Brenda was very nice and special person. Gone too soon.
Charlie HandropPanama City, FL
To the O’Daniel Family we send our deepest sympathy and prayers to your family. Brenda was such a wonderful and loving teach to Nathan! She had the amazing gift of making every child feel extremely Loved and Special!!! Her love for children was every parents greats comfort! Brenda was so loved by our child when we moved out of state he told her she had to go with him! Wishing your family the peace and comfort of God’s Grace.
The Showalter FamilyDallas, TX
Beverly joins me in mourning the recent passing of "Miss Brenda". We first met her 32 years ago when she was teaching our sons at the GBUMC preschool. She was always a very positive person and our sons loved her care. They learned a great deal from her on how to be good, honest hardworking people. Throughout the years, we have enjoyed her friendship. Our thoughts and prayers continue for Brenda and her beautiful family.
Bill and Beverly Zimmern
William ZimmernGulf Breeze, FL
So sorry for your loss. Miss Brenda was always so friendly and warm to everyone. Prayers to the family.
Michele Merchant BlackburnWilsonville, AL
Andy, We are so sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. We are praying for you and your family. Gods blessings on you and Big hugs. Love, Pat and Teresa
Pat and Teresa McLellanGulf Breeze, FL
So sorry for your loss. What a GREAT woman with such a positive attitude. Thoughts and prayers!!
Sonny ReedyPensacola, FL
So Sorry for your family's loss.
Tom & Dottie PfeifferPace, FL
Brenda was a kind and gentle lady. I feel blessed to have known her and worked with her. She touched many lives and will continue to live in our hearts and memories. May the family be surrounded by God’s comfort and peace.
Dianne GiggeyPensacola, FL
A bright star was added to the heavens last Tuesday. Brenda will be dearly missed on earth, but it is comforting to know she will be watching over us all.
Bobby and Cindy ParrishGulf Breeze, FL
Dear Precious Drew, Shannon, Andy, Doc and all of your family, our hearts are heavy for you as you all process the sad loss of your sweet mother, sis, wife. Brenda was truly one of the first people to reach out to us when David and I arrived at the ball park back in 1987. We have always cherished your family’s kindness and influence on all the kids at the ballpark and community and church family. Never once can I not remember Brenda asking how our family was and truly sharing her heart and taking the time to ask about our boys every time we spoke. Pop’s up there and now Brenda and may you be comforted to know she’s with her loved ones and you will all see her again. Our time here is short but heaven is forever. We love you and will never forgot your kind beautiful sweet mom and our friend. Nothing in Christ ever dies and her memories will always be in our hearts forever. We are praying... God Hears our cries to bring you comfort. Love Darlene and family
Darlene HammondGulf breeze, FL
I always enjoyed running into Brenda at different places in Gulf Breeze. Never ever did I not see her without her infectious smile and such sweet and kind words. What a servant’s heart she always had! I’m sure she was greeted in heaven with God saying job well done ! Love and prayers for all her family!
Peggy BellPensacola Beach, FL
Brenda was indeed a servant of God! Never ever did I see her without a smile and kind words to say! I will so miss running into her! I know God must have greeted her with saying job well done!
Peggy BellPensacola Beach, FL
There just seem to be no words adequate enough to express the loss so many feel with Brenda's passing. Her legacy is the countless lives she enriched. Her sweet spirit and generous heart placed her in a special group of angels on earth.
Beverly Pritchett LivingstonGulf Breeze, FL
Brenda inspired us by the way she lived and by how she faced her death. “There is laid up for her a crown of righteousness!”
Herb & Barbara SadlerGulf Breeze, FL
Sorry to hear about Brenda's passing. My prayers go out to her family and cousin Bruce. May your hearts be filled with joy for memories and the knowledge that you will be seeing her again.
Sari HollidayElk Grove, CA
I’m sorry for your loss. The O’Daniel family was a big part of my childhood playing baseball in Gulf Breeze. Mrs O’Daniel was a sweet woman and always treated me & my family kindly. My thoughts & prayers are with the family in this time of loss.
Zack HannahPensacola, FL
We are so sorry to learn of Brenda’s death! She was such a kind lady always with a smile! We are out of the country so, sorrowfully we can not attend her service.Prayers for her family. Love, Linda Terhaar
Linda TerhaarPensacola, FL
To the O'Daniel family and the Holliday family... May the Lord give you grace and peace knowing that dear Brenda is are safe in the Arms of Jesus and your Pop is with her and smiling and wrapping her in his love. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time.
Merry and Weiming KooPasadena, CA
We will always remember Brenda's bright smile. Our thoughts and prayers for Andy and the family.
Ralph and Bobbi GaitherGulf Breeze, FL
Oh “Aunt” Brenda, you were a shining light, a kind smile, a generous hug in this world, especially in my own little world growing up in gulf breeze. You and “uncle” Andy were the pillars of kindness and compassion in that community to me and so many others and I know how much you will be missed. All my love to your sweet family during this difficult time.
Mary BethOviedo, FL
Mike KnickelbinePensacola, FL