Brenda Gleason - Our Special Angel
Brenda Lynne Gleason, 37, passed away at a local hospital on Sunday, January 26, 2020, of natural causes. She is the daughter of Lane Gleason and the late Judy Affleck Gleason.
Brenda was born May 27, 1982, in Boise, Idaho. She is the sixth child in a family of two brothers and three sisters. Brenda was born with a rare disorder called Pallister Mosaic Aneuploidy Syndrome, which left her completely dependent on others for all of her care. While she couldn’t walk or talk, she had a wonderful personality. She had an unusual way of making noise that we called “droning.” There was never a change in octave, and she never seemed to tire of making the noise. When she was very young, her siblings referred to her noises as “a song without music.” Brenda’s smile would melt your heart.
Brenda was cared for at home by her family. She attended special needs classes in the Boise school system, graduated from Timberline High School, and attended Tomorrow’s Hope developmental disability center. In October 2017, Brenda suffered a stroke and since June 2018 has resided at Creekside Meridian Skilled Nursing Facility.
Brenda was preceded in death by her mother, Judy Gleason. She is survived by her siblings, Shaunna (Mike) England of Logan, Utah, Todd (Tara) Gleason of Vancouver, Washington, Chad (Jennifer) Gleason of Boise, Idaho, Shelby (Dan) Otero and Rachel (Keith) Troughton of Meridian, Idaho. Five years following her mother’s passing, her father married Mary Belnap Gleason. This union brought a whole new family into Brenda’s life, including one brother, Tyler (Rhonda) Cazier of Kuna, Idaho, and five sisters, Marcie (Drew) Frogley of Eagle, Idaho, Angie (Jared) Hobson of Boise, Idaho, Amanda (John) Olsen of Eagle, Idaho, Natalie Marti (Ryan Terry) of Meridian, Idaho, and Gina (Sam) Owens of Erie, Colorado. With the combined families, she had 46 nieces and nephews, many of whom helped care for her.
Brenda’s family is forever grateful for the love and care provided by the nurses and aides at Creekside Meridian, the care providers at Tomorrow’s Hope, the Access bus drivers, teachers and many students of the Boise school system. A special thank you to countless church and family friends who have loved and supported Brenda.
Brenda will be remembered at a memorial service to be held at Relyea’s Funeral Chapel beginning at 11:00am on Saturday, February 1st. Friends may visit with family beginning at 9:30am. She will be buried at Dry Creek Cemetery following the service.