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CAMDENâ€”Colonel, Brenda Sue Reynolds, U.S. Air Force Reserves of Camden, died Sunday, April 17, 2005 in her home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 50.
She was born on May 19, 1954 in Elkton, Maryland.
She graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian from Cecil Community College, North East, Maryland in 1982. She also graduated from Community College of the Air Force in 1985. Her studies included Transportation and Traffic Management and Education and Training. She received her BS in 1983 from Wilmington College in New Castle in Supervision and Management, graduating magna cum laude. She then graduated from Wilmington College in Wilmington in 1991 with a Masters degree in Human Resources Management and a Master in Human Resources Administration and once again graduated magna cum laude. She continued her education up through 2003 and received 60+ credits beyond the Masters Degree.
While pursing her education she was employed from 1978 to 1984 as a secretary/bookkeeper for Bohemia Manor High School in Chesapeake City, Maryland. From 1982 to 1984 she was an accounting instructor for Cecil Community College in North East, Maryland.
Her present employments stemmed from 1984 to present as a Business Education Teacher for Cecil County Public Schools in Elkton, Maryland and also from 1979 to present as a Logistician for the United States Air Force Reserve for the Dover Air Force Base, Dover. She was proud to have been recognized as this year's Teacher of the Year.
She entered the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1979 as an enlisted member and received numerous accolades and recognition for job performance and contributions to the military. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in September 1985 through the Air Force Reserve Deserving Airman Commissioning Program. She served her entire career with the 46th Aerial Port Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Delaware. She was appointed as squadron commander in July 1997 and served as squadron commander until her death.
Colonel Reynolds received the following recognition 14th Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air Force Outstanding Air Reserve Component Transportation Officer of the Year for 1989; Air Reserve Component Transportation Company Grade Officer of the Year 1992; Distinguished Graduate of the Intermediate Wartime Contingency Course; 22nd Air Force and Air Force Reserve Command Field Grade Transportation Officer of the Year for 1999. Her squadron, 46th Aerial Port Squadron, was selected as 22nd Air Force Outstanding Aerial Port for 2002.
Her extracurricular activities included Class Advisor (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior), Future Business Leaders of America Advisor, Cheerleading Coach, Girls' Track Coach, Yearbook Advisor, and Service Learning Building Coordinator.
Her professional memberships included Cecil County Classroom Teachers Association, Maryland State Teachers Association, National Education Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars (Life Member), American Legion, Reserve Officers Association (Life Member), Maryland Business Education Association and Future Business Leaders of America.
Her community activities included Cecil County School Employees Federal Credit Union Board of Directors (2000), Cecil County Classroom Teachers Association Treasurer (1986), Delaware Committee of Employer Support of Guard and Reserve.
Her hobbies included reading, traveling, and bargain shopping.
She is survived by her husband of 14 years John T. Pender, her father Ralph C. Reynolds of Milford; her mother Shirley A. Smith of Newark; a daughter Tammi L. Kwasnik and son-in-law Christopher of Elkton, MD, stepchildren Brian and Jessica Pender of North Carolina; two sisters Mona L. Dellinger of Elkton, MD and Christena A. Muxo of Middletown and grandchildren Danielle Vermeersch and Christopher S. Kwasnik both of Elkton, MD.
Services will be 12:00 noon Tuesday in the Trinity Wesleyan Church, 1564 S. State Street, Dover.
Burial with full military honors will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 100 Patriots Way, Millsboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Brenda's memory to Trinity Wesleyan Church, 1564 S. State Street, Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangements are by Pippin Funeral Home, Wyoming.
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