Brenda J. Vurnakes, age 69, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Lakes Crossing in Kingsland, GA.
Born August, 27, 1948 in Jacksonville, FL she was a daughter of late John E. and Helen (Kolasa) Holmes.
Brenda married her husband Robert “Terry” Vurnakes in March of 1968. They made their home in Jacksonville until moving to Fernandina Beach in 1982. It was in Fernandina both their sons, Alex and Jeff would grow up and graduate from high school. Alex and Jeff fondly remember their mother as being “Always Happy”.
Brenda spent her working career as a teacher. She taught for a few years in Jacksonville but spent most of her career in Fernandina Beach where she taught for 28 years at Southside Elementary School, before retiring in 2010. She was beloved by both co-workers and friends.
Brenda was active in the American Business Women’s Association for many years. She was a charter member of the local Eight Flags Chapter.
She and her husband enjoyed spending time with friends and family, travelling in their motor home, and were avid Gator fans.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, “Terry” Vurnakes in 2017.
She leaves behind her sons, Alex (Joni) Vurnakes of Fernandina Beach, FL, Jeff (Darlene) Vurnakes of Woodbine, GA; brother, Mark (Pam) Holmes of Jesup, GA, sister, Annette (Jake) Hewett of Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren, Matthew, Jacob, Dalton, Colby, Adriane and Brodie.
Services will be at 6:00 pm on Monday, April 23, 2018 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Home.
Those desiring may make contributions, in her memory, to Georgia Hospice Care, 777 Glouchester St., Suite 303, Brunswick, GA 31520.