Brenda Gale Clark Frisbie
December 11, 1946 – February 18, 2023
RALEIGH – Brenda Gale Clark Frisbie, of Raleigh, NC, passed away peacefully on Saturday with her loving daughters by her side. Brenda was born to the late Paul and Betty Jean Keys Clark and raised alongside her brothers and sisters at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains in Jonesboro, Tennessee. Her upbringing carried her through her long life, instilling in her that wonderful Southern pride, love and respect of family, firmness and grace, and a strong faith in her Lord. These qualities were evident in her roles as a loving and dedicated mother and devoted wife.
After being introduced to Danny by her sister, Lois, Brenda and Danny were married in Tennessee in 1967; a marriage that lasted 55 years. During her marriage, Brenda was a devoted, loyal and supportive wife and eventually became a wonderful mother to two precious little girls, Mica Renee Frisbie and Terri Lynn Frisbie. Brenda and Danny enjoyed raising their family in Smithfield, NC where she worked as a Purchasing Agent at Data General, as well as their time in Denton, TX where she was an Accountant at Memorex-Telex. Eventually they retired to North Carolina to be close to their children and grandchildren.
During her life Brenda was an avid and very successful gardener. She took immense pride in an extraordinarily large Blue Hosta which she nurtured and loved so much that she actually took it with her when the family relocated. Brenda also loved to feed and watch the wide variety of birds in her backyard. She nurtured them, making sure each one had the specific food that they enjoyed. Brenda would enjoy sharing stories of the hummingbirds at her feeder as well as the sounds a catbird made and the beautiful colors and chirps of the other birds. While this gave her great joy, she also enjoyed telling of the ongoing battle with the squirrels at her birdfeeders! Brenda truly enjoyed reading and diligently tracked new releases to be sure she was early in the queue at the library. She loved discussing books with her family and was happy to share her thoughts, especially if she thought you would enjoy it.
Brenda was blessed with many grandchildren: Justin, Alexandria, Lyndon, Ryan, Chad, Bella and Logan. One of her great joys was hosting the annual family Christmas get-together where she was surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren, and sons-in-law. She loved to cook and appreciated watching everyone enjoy her “Nana” specials. There were several that were always on the request list at any event: Nana’s Nana Pudding, Nana’s Chicken Salad, Special Artichoke Dip, Special Tacos and her delicious roast beef and mashed potatoes. Everyone always looked forward to their next meal at Nana’s. Brenda was very detailed throughout many aspects of her life. She took great care to make sure she chose the perfect card to celebrate a birthday, prepare a special meal to say thank you and was always ready to help in any way that she could. She loved greatly and her family was her world.
Brenda is survived by her daughters Mica Ricks (Keith) of Raleigh, Terri Bost (Scott) of Wilmington, sisters, Lois Clark Siler (Les) of Davidson, NC, Lisa Ferguson (Steve), Janice Curtis (Randy); brothers, brother David Clark of Johnson City ,TN, Gary Clark (Sally) and Larry Clark (Donna); grandchildren Justin Bahm, Alexandria Stacy, Lyndon Stacy, Ryan Ricks (Brittany) , Chad Ricks (Emily), Isabella Myers and Logan Myers. She is preceded in death by her husband, Danny Frisbie; brothers Ronald Clark, Paul Clark, Jr., sister, Patsy Jo Trent; father, Paul Clark and mother, Betty Jean Keys Cox.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Funeral service 11 am, Friday, Trinity Baptist Church, 4815 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh, NC. Burial will follow in Historic Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh.
Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. www.stricklandfuneral.com