On March 18, 2020, Brenda Wragg, aged 63 passed away after a long, brave battle with cancer and gratefully went to be with the Lord.
Brenda was born on February 14th, 1957 to Vera Mae Briggs (née Brown) and Alfred K. Jenkins at Spencer Hospital in Meadville, PA. She grew up among her brothers and sisters, Peggy Taylor, Cheryl L. Miller, Jimmy Miller (dec.), Ronald E. Miller, Donald E. Miller (dec.), Quintel L. Miller, Alan K. Miller, and Robert Briggs. She was blessed to call Webster and Eva Jones, and their children, Webster “Webbie” Jones and Marianne Tucker (née Jones), her family as well.
Brenda’s childhood was spent in northern Pennsylvania, “countrified,” and surrounded by small town values, with many joyful memories made on her maternal grandparents’ farm. Brenda attended and finished grades K-12 within the Meadville School District—a Meadville Bulldog—, and went on to attend Anderson College in Indiana, a student of Early Childhood Education and Christian Education.
She is survived by her husband Robert “Bobby” D. Wragg, and children from her previous marriage to Michael D. Dickson, their daughter Angelina M. Fishburn (née Dickson), and son Alexander M. Dickson, as well as her daughter-in-law Nancy Dickson (née Sorto), and grandchildren Albert “A.J.” Fishburn, Aaliyah Fishburn, and Joshua Dickson.
Brenda’s greatest God-given joys and responsibilities in life were being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She and Bobby met by the Lord’s providence in the grocery store checkout line and were blessed with nearly 23 years of loving marriage. Brenda was humbled by the kindness and grace of her Lord Jesus Christ in helping her to get through the bumps and bruises of life, and ultimately bring her into His heavenly kingdom. Her trust and faith in Him to continue His work in her family remains.
A memorial service on a date still to be determined will be held at Belcroft Bible Church, 13000 Beechtree Ln. Bowie, MD 20715, to be followed by a light luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s name to Belcroft Bible Church or Compassion International (www.compassion.com)
Here are some of Brenda's favorite Bible verses:
“If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”
Romans 14:8 NIV (1984)
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
2 Cor 4:16-18 NIV (1984)
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Heb 12:2-3 NIV (1984)
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39 NIV (1984)
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Rev 21:4 NIV (1984)
“Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
2 Cor 5:1-10 NIV (1984)
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”
1 John 5:20 ESV
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”
Romans 8:1-2 NIV (1984)
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV
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