Drouillard, Brenda Lee Anne (MacDonald)

April 10, 1954 ~ May 25, 2021

DROUILLARD, Brenda Lee Anne

On May 25th, Brenda Lee Anne Drouillard (MacDonald) passed away surrounded by the love of her husband, children, and family at 67 years old. After a courageous battle with cancer, Brenda is reunited with her beloved and deeply missed, youngest child, Danielle Mezzatesta (Drouillard), stepson Christopher Drouillard, and her parents Jack and Lena MacDonald. Brenda was the cherished best friend and wife of Glen Drouillard for 37 years. Together, they raised their children Heather Benicasa, Brandy McKinlay (Dave), Paul Drouillard (Kent), Erin Proulx (Gaston), and Scott Drouillard (Richard- best of friends), in a home filled with love, laughter and affection, setting the example for their children of what true love and commitment is. Brenda is survived and will be greatly missed by her siblings, Terry Clarke (Randy), John MacDonald (Theresa), Jackie Lacey (Doug) and Dianna Donkers (James) as well as her nieces and nephews who she fed, loved, and treated as if they were her own. Brenda was predeceased by her mother and father in-law, Raymond and Antoinette Drouillard and sister in-law Jan Perron (Mark). Loving sister-in-law of Ron Drouillard (Shirley), Sandy Stubbs, Debbie Hickling (Mike), Dean Drouillard and Kim Rogers (Dave). Spoiled with love, affection and her amazing baking were Brenda’s 12 grandchildren Haylie and Kody Benincasa, Madison and Taylor McKinlay, Erika, Ella, Elijah, and Rhys Proulx, Ava Drouillard, Iain Thompson-Mezzatesta and his brothers, Isaac, and Elliot Mezzatesta. Also grieving the loss of their best friend for over 40 years is Doug and Janine MacDonald who together with the Drouillard’s raised their children to be the next generation of long-standing friendship. Brenda was the heart of a very large, loud, and close immediate and extended family built on laughter and love. Family was everything to Brenda and to know her was to be a part of her family. She created “family” wherever she was– be it Paradise Valley campground where she spent so many summers at or the Southwest Credit Union where she worked throughout her banking career. Brenda created family out of friends and those friendships lasted a lifetime. Even if it was the first time you walked into her house you felt at home and you never left without a full heart and an even fuller stomach. Her house was often the center of family gatherings but in truth, wherever she was, she was the one who made you feel “at home” and part of her family. They say home is where the heart is, and Brenda was surely the “heart” of our family and so many wonderful friendships. The family would also like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude to Nicole Dawdy, who as a living organ donor, gave us much needed extra time with Brenda. We will forever be grateful for that selfless gift.

Funeral Details
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will occur at a later time when we can all gather for a Kitchen Party and honour her life the way she lived it- with the joy, love, and laughter of family and friends.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. https://thepmcf.ca/ (Cheques mailed to funeral home please).

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  1. Sending my deepest condolences to the family. Wasn’t aware of her condition. Brenda reached out to me a few months ago when my Ken recently passed with cancer.not telling me of her battle. Brenda and I were in the Lionettes together, many sleep overs and giggles at your family home on Lecaron. Wonderful friend forever.❤esther

  2. It is with great sadness to recently learn of Brenda’s passing. She was a wonderful, kind friend and neighbour. We want to express our deepest condolences to Brenda’s entire family. She will be so missed but not forgotten.

  3. My deepest condolences to the entire family. I know Brenda was the glue that held the family together and that the family rallied around her to support her in her battle with cancer. Gone too soon but never forgotten. Xoxox

  4. So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

    Rick and Jane books

  5. So sorry for the loss of such a beautiful caring lady who was so helpful in bringing our American and Canadian family together for so many wonderful Thanksgiving dinners for many years. Much love to you Brenda.

  6. We’re thinking of you Scott, Ava and family during these very hard times. She was such a warm, caring ray of light.

  7. Glen & Family
    We are so Sorry for your loss…She will be sadly missed💔😢

  8. Glen and Family
    My Heart goes out to each and everyone, this was very sad news indeed. Brenda will be remembered forever for here kind smile, and big heart. I’m truly sorry for you loss, and hope you will take time to heal your hearts. Thankyou letting me be a part of your wonderful family.

  9. Dear Glen and family,
    Our deepest condolences to each of you. We are saddened by the loss of a long time friend in Brenda. We remember fondly of the many times our families spent time together. Yogi Bear campground being some of our favorites. Each of you are in our prayers as you are grieving the loss of such an incredible woman. Looking forward to the day we can be together to celebrate her amazing life. Love to all.

  10. Deepest Sympathy to all in your loss, fill your heart and mind with memories and she will always be with you.

  11. Our deepest sympathy to all. Brenda lived to make the world a better place. What a wonderful legacy.
    All our love.
    The Eyre Family

  12. My deepest condolences to the whole family. I knew Brenda for many years at the Credit Union. She was always so kind and helpful. She will truly be missed by many. RIP Brenda.

  13. So very sorry to read of Brenda’s passing. She dearly was ” one of a kind ” RIP Brenda. Ben & Donna

  14. Dear Glen and Family.
    I am so sorry to learn that Brenda has passed. I didn’t know her very long but we had some laughs and fun at Paradise Valley and yes she was the centre for the family gatherings. Again, my condolences. Love Gwen

  15. It’s with our deepest sympathy that we send our condolences to Glen and all of the MacDonald and Drouillard families. Brenda was a warm and loving person with a beautiful smile. She will be missed by many💓

  16. My sincerest condolences to Brenda’s entire family and all her friends. I frequented the Drouillard household back in the 1980’s when Brenda and the family lived on Walnut, and Rob and I attended her wedding to Glen. She always had time for me and our enfant son Stephen and I spend many an afternoon at her kitchen table. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all. I was so blessed to have spent time with her. RIP Brenda.

  17. So very sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. Deepest condolences to all her Family. She will be missed.
    A very dear longtime friend. R.I.P. Brenda. ❤️

  18. Dear Glen, Brandy, Eryn, Scott , Jackie, Terry, John, and Diana and families-
    Brenda, Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Niece, Aunt, Cousin, was truly the Matriarch of the Sarnia MacDonald Clan. I will cherish found memories of the family celebrations and how Brenda made everyone feel welcomed! Brendas kind, giving spirit is to be admired. Love you all and God Bless

  19. So sorry for this tremendous loss. Brenda was such a great lady she will be so missed.
    Shawn, Jill, Lauren and Caitlin MacDonald

  20. Dear Uncle Glen and family- our condolences on the loss of Aunt Brenda. I didn’t see her often, but whenever I did she always made me feel so welcome . It didn’t matter that we were long distance family, we were still family. She was a woderful, caring person who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
    Love always,
    Renee, Greg and family

  21. Sorry to hear of your loss Terry and Randy! Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sending hugs. Take care.

  22. Glen and family, our sincere condolences to you all at this very sad time. Take care. Howard and Judy Kearley.

  23. Truly sorry for your loss Glen, Brenda was a wonderful person, she will be missed. Condolences Wayne and Natty .

  24. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Brenda. I had gotten to know her so well through Danielle. She was always the light in the darkness, and never failed to make me laugh. Sincere condolences to all of her family; she will be truly missed. Hopefully she is resting with her beautiful daughter, and finally at peace.

  25. Glen, we are so sorry to hear this. The love you two had for each other was a joy to see. We are blessed to have gotten to know both of you, and Brenda will be deeply missed by many. Please let me know if there is anything we can do. COVID makes everything so hard but we will help in anyway we can. Love, strength, and prayers are coming your way. All our love The Bailey’s

  26. Julie and I cannot express are sadness at the passing of a good friend.
    Glen we are so sorry for your loss.
    We will keep you in are thoughts.

  27. Glen and Family, Tom and I send our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Brenda. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing her. Fly high with the Angels Brenda

  28. Our deepest condolences to Glen, Dog Charlie, family and friends during this extremely heartbreaking time, our hearts are breaking for everyone. Brenda’s Paradise Valley family and friends will miss her very much ❤️

  29. Enjoyed working with Brenda at Southwest Credit Union Corunna Branch. She loved to talk about her family and vacations with her best friends. I remember her best weekend ever when she went to see “Wicked”. The girls trip (her girls and a little one called Ella). There was always a twinkle in her eyes when she talked about Glen. Then one day this guy comes into the credit union carrying a small dog and he has the same twinkle in his eyes and a big smile on his face. They had their own love story going on. Brenda was loved by so many and her untimely passing has broken all our hearts.Thanks for being my friend.

  30. Glen and family
    Brenda will be dearly missed. She always put a smile on my son Matthew and my face when she would wave and smile and ask how we were doing and our quick conversations. She was an amazing women. We will miss her at Paradise Valley Our condolences Ryan “hammer” Jenn and Matthew

  31. We’re at such a loss. Brenda was the most loving, genuine person with a heart of gold. Glen, we’re so very sorry for this enormous loss. Such a beautiful soul, she will forever be in Paradise now.

  32. Dear Glen, Brandy, Erin, Scott, Terry, John, Jackie, Dianna and Families. We all loved Brenda as our own. Her dedication to Family was so admirable. We loved her visits to Nova Scotia and are comforted knowing she is having a big laugh with Iain. Our condolences. Brenda will be missed dearly. Love, Doug, Kay, Carol Ann, Kenneth, Evan, Deb & Ryan. XOXO

  33. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Glen and all of Brenda’s family. I had the great privilege of working with Brenda and know what a kind gentle lady she was. She will be missed.

  34. To all of Brenda’s family we’re so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful, warm and caring woman. It was a pleasure to work with and know Brenda.

  35. Glen and family we are so very sorry for your loss. Brenda did have a heart of gold. She will truly be missed. Our condolences to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  36. Sorry for your loss for family She was great woman who loved family Prayers for family I ll be missed her God bless Brenda 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Hugs!

  37. Glen and family, so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Her caring attitude and her wonderful smile will always be remembered. Take care…Gary and Judy.

  38. Heartfelt condolences to the the Drouillard and extended family. Brenda was a lovely lady, and loved by all who knew her.

  39. I am so very sorry to hear this very sad news. Brenda always had a bright smile and a kind heart. She will be Greatly missed.

  40. Mark and I would like to send our deepest sympathy to Brenda’s family and friends. She was a beautiful person and we are glad we had the pleasure or knowing her. Paradise Valley is not going to be the same without her smiling face and happy wave. So very sorry for your loss.