Brenda McMillan

Obituary of Brenda Jane Elizabeth McMillan

February 5, 1961 - Winnipeg, Manitoba

March 16, 2024 - Calgary, Alberta


Brenda McMillan of Calgary, AB, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the age of 63 years, surrounded by loved ones.


She is survived by her daughter Jennifer Solnik (Devon) of Kelowna, BC, and her cherished grandsons, Jack (6) and Beau (4). She also leaves behind her mother Iris Benger of Nelson, BC, and her brothers, Jim (Georgia) Benger of Gibsons, BC, and Bruce (Karen) Benger of Victoria, BC; as well as her partner, Fred Beasley of Calgary, AB. Brenda was predeceased by her husband Don McMillan, and father Ed Benger.


Brenda grew up in Nelson, BC, and Nelson continued to hold a special place in her heart and was a beloved summer vacation destination for her family. Living in Calgary, she was keen to chase the sun and escape the Alberta winters. She loved Mexico and spent many winters there—especially enjoying the endless beaches of Los Cabos.


Brenda was most proud of her daughter Jennifer and took every opportunity to vocalize how much she loved Jennifer. Most precious to her were her grandsons, and her family finds solace in knowing she is now closer to them watching from above.


Brenda will be remembered for her willingness to give everything and anything to her daughter, she exemplified the true meaning of selflessness and motherly love, in which Jennifer strives to carry on with her own children in Brenda’s memory. She will also be remembered for her stubborn tenacity, which she continued to exude until the end.


Her family would like to thank the many who cared for her in her final years, particularly, Dr. Marcus Lo and Dr. Martin Labrie for their understanding and compassion in assisting Brenda’s transition during her final days. Lastly, a big thank you to the nurses, allied health and health care aides of Unit 81 at Foothills Medical Centre.


Mom – you are loved not only for what you do

but for who I am because of you.


Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed with Brenda’s family here.


In living memory of Brenda McMillan, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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