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Brenda Kinnaman
  • October 01, 1957
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  • July 09, 2020

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Brenda Lea Kinnaman, 62, passed away July 9, 2020, at Lee Memorial Health Park in Fort Myers, FL. Brenda was born on Oct. 1, 1957 in Evansville, IN.   She was preceded in death by her mother, Phyllis Kinnaman (Burge), and niece, Emily Wasson.  Brenda is survived by her partner, Stephen W. Brown, his daughters Mallory Brown Antel, Melanie Brown Davis and son Conner Brown; father, Jack Kinnaman and his wife Margie Kinnaman; sisters, Lynne Wasson and her Husband, Tommy, Anne Woker; Brother, Art Kinnaman and his wife Kim; nieces and nephews, Thomas Wasson and his wife Sara, Jennie Self and her husband Codey, Courtney, Payton, and Sydney Kinnaman; great nieces and nephews, Madilynne and Kate Wasson, Hunter Wasson and Harlon Self. Brenda graduated from Little Rock Hall High School. Her post graduate degrees include a degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis and an administration degree from St. Louis University. At a time like this, one feels totally inadequate to express in mere words the beauty and significance of the life lived by Brenda. To those who knew her well, she was known as “BB”. BB was a force to be reckoned with. She was known for being a powerhouse in the political campaign world. She started her own company thirty six years ago, “Kinnaman Consulting” and went on to work on many well-known campaigns such as Hillary Clinton’s first senatorial campaign, as well as, Senator Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency. One of her most well know campaigns was Freeman Bosley Jr.’s St. Louis mayoral campaign of 1993, where he would become the first African American to be elected to that office. Brenda also played a vital role in seating the first African American Judge, George Howard Jr., to the Arkansas bench. Sanibel Island, Florida was her home. When BB wasn’t working, you could find her and Steve enjoying the local music scene on the island. Some of her favorites were Chris Workman, John McClain, and Danny Morgan. She enjoyed watching sunsets at Blind Pass Beach, or a local favorite, The Mucky Duck. West Winds, Key Lime Bistro, or “Tweenies” (Twin Waters Resort) were places she’d go to enjoy a fine meal with good company. Brenda loved her adorable dog, Theodora Roosevelt, whom she referred to as “Teddie” and was a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. BB had a way of making everyone feel like family. She had an infectious laugh and would light up the room wherever she went. Services for Brenda will be held at a later day. BB had a love for education and reading, so in lieu of flowers we are asking for donations to the Sanibel Public Library in Florida or Puxico Public Library in Missouri.


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  1. 07 Aug 2020
    Hazel Becker Farris says:
    thanks for sharing your photos on here, art!! what a wonderful tribute to your big sis, bren! i feel a smidge caught up on her life (& y'all) these last few decades. i don't understand her leaving this earthly terrain so soon. isaiah 55 says His ways and thoughts are higher than ours - THAT is for sure.....this is terribly sad and i know you are all heartbroken. she was the cream of the crop, brenda lea....my forever friend.

  2. 23 Jul 2020
    Courtney Kinnaman posted an image:
    BB and Courtney on Sanibel Island
    BB and Courtney on Sanibel Island

  3. 22 Jul 2020
    Jan Graham says:
    Much sadness. But much love. The Church song, “It is Well With My Soul”’ and from the author of that song, his experience, where those words were revealed in his sorrow...

  4. 22 Jul 2020
    STANLEY R JACKSON says:
    The world is a darker place today without her light.

  5. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    at the zoo
    at the zoo

  6. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:


  7. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    w/ Mom & Dad
    w/ Mom & Dad

  8. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    BB & the kids
    BB & the kids

  9. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    best vacations were at BB's
    best vacations were at BB's

  10. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    love around the table in Sanibel
    love around the table in Sanibel

  11. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    chilling on Sanibel time
    chilling on Sanibel time

  12. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    BB & Annie w/ Dad
    BB & Annie w/ Dad

  13. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    Kinnaman traditions
    Kinnaman traditions

  14. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    BB & Annie
    BB & Annie

  15. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    Christmas
    Christmas

  16. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    The girls at Christmas
    The girls at Christmas

  17. 22 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    BB w/ Lynne
    BB w/ Lynne

  18. 21 Jul 2020
    ETJQ posted an image:
    Kinnaman girls
    Kinnaman girls

  19. 21 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    BB & Jenny
    BB & Jenny

  20. 21 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    BB with Lynne
    BB with Lynne

  21. 21 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    Painting of BB from her home
    Painting of BB from her home

  22. 21 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    BB & Steve
    BB & Steve

  23. 21 Jul 2020
    Art posted an image:
    BB & Mom
    BB & Mom

  24. 21 Jul 2020
    Rosann Moskel lit a candle:
    Lit since July 21, 2020 at 7:43:02 AM

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