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Originally published: 2013-09-30 08:16:24
Last modified: 2013-09-30 08:17:08

Brenda Winters Oakes

Brenda Joyce Winters Oakes, 72 of Conover, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at her residence.

Born Dec. 14, 1940, in Avery County, she was the daughter of Margaret Nellie Hampton Winters of Hickory and the late Leonard Calvin Winters.

Oakes worked for 24 years in the Child Nutrition Program for Hickory City Schools. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and a faithful lifelong member of the LDS Church.

Her husband, Cecil Deryl Oakes, preceded her in death.

In addition to her mother, Margaret; a daughter, Jill Reid of Salisbury; three sons, Scott Winters Oakes of Gastonia, Mark Winters Oakes of Gastonia, and Kirk Lee Oakes of Hickory; two sisters, Doris Marie Ollis of Hickory, and Linda Kay Hawn and husband, Tony, of Hickory; two brothers, Robert Joseph Winters and wife, Karen, of Union Town, Ohio, and Glenn Richard Winters and wife, Debbie, of Hickory; and five grandchildren, Gavin Michael Oakes, Ronald Kay Reid III, Tanner Oakes, Melina Oakes and McKenzie Oakes, survive her.

The funeral was held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Hickory with Bishop Mike Woods officiating. Burial followed at Catawba Memorial Park.

The family received friends from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.

Pallbearers included Kirk Oakes, Michael Wease, Michael Winters, Ray Ollis, David Winters, Tanner Oakes and Gavin Oakes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humanitarian Aid Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4065 North Center Street, Hickory, NC 28601.

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The Oakes family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home in Newton.

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