Brenda Joyce Bates, of Wilmington, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 59.
She was born Feb. 21, 1956, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of James Garrison and Joyce Fleming Garrison.
Brenda moved to Wilmington from Winston-Salem in 2009 and quickly felt at home. She began a rewarding career helping others find peace and recovery at New Life Launch Pad, where her legacy will live on through all of the lives she helped to save. She was fiercely devoted to her daughters and was constantly at the aid of others.
In addition to her parents, left to cherish her memory are her loving daughters, Amanda Bates and Lauryn Elizabeth Bates; brothers, James Garrison, Thomas Garrison and Jeffrey Garrison; and her cat, Tommy Bates.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28403. A reception will immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: New Life Launch Pad, P.O. Box 3543 Azalea Station, Wilmington, NC 28406 Attn: The Brenda Bates Scholarship Fund.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.
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