Brenda Arlene Medley

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Brenda Arlene Medley, 72, was born Brenda Arlene Sims in Columbus, Ohio on March 31, 1949 to the late Georgia Mae Sims and James Henry Sims, Sr.

Brenda attended Marion-Franklin High School and earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering and a Culinary Arts associate’s degree. As an Electrician Journeyman, Brenda was one of Ohio’s very first Black, female electricians.

Brenda showed an interest in home economics at an early age and was an excellent seamstress and cook. She was well known for her fried chicken and banana pudding.

Those left to cherish her memory are her 4 children, Kimberly (Brian) Suiter, Kevin Sims (deceased), Stanley Sims, and Stratton (Melissha) Medley; 19 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; brothers, George (Patricia) Sims, James Sims, Jr. (deceased), and sister Claudette Foster.

Also left to cherish her memory are a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Knowing Brenda, you knew that she loved music. She always wanted the best for everyone, and with a free spirit and a kind, giving heart, she was always willing to give or share whatever she had. Brenda might have had many health challenges, but she never allowed it to change her outlook on life. She was always positive, upbeat, and caring. That is the way we will always remember her.

Visitation 4:00 PM and Funeral Service 5:00 PM Saturday, March 5, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Masks and Social Distancing are required.

Condolence Messages

  1. We would like to extend our condolences to the family.
    May God comfort you threw his Word the Bible and the gift of prayer. Truly sorry for your loss.

  2. Rev. Dr. Mary McWilliams

    To the family of Brenda Medley,
    I am so sorry for the grief you are experiencing from the loss of your dearest love.
    Hug and love each other richly because those are the moments that mean the most.
    May God grant you his grace and peace in these coming days.

  3. May God grant you peace in these trying times. Know He is still in control.

  4. May God continue to give you strength during these times. I will truly miss my cousin Brenda. Rest In Peace!

  5. Sims Family, Thinking of you with sympathy and hoping you find comfort in your special memories.

  6. God be with you…

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