Mrs. Irene (McKnight) Brazier, 92, of E. Indiana Avenue, South Bend, Indiana departed this life at her home on September 5, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Irene was born on March 30, 1929, in Madison, Arkansas to the union of Allen and Clara (Howell) Brazier.
She was united in marriage to Lonzo Brazier, who preceded her in death on August 27, 2000. Irene retired from maintenance at Bethel College after 44 years of service in November 2015. She was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church in South Bend, Indiana.
She leaves to cherish her many fond and loving memories five daughters: Maxine Brazier, Yjuania Brazier, Melanie Brazier, Marlena Brazier, all of South Bend, Sherry (Carl) McFadden of Indianapolis, Indiana; eight sons: Donald Brazier, Harold (Margaret) Brazier, Kevin (Teresa) Brazier, Anthony Brazier, Eric (Nuran) Brazier, Keith (Diane) Brazier, Terrence Brazier, Craig Brazier, all of South Bend; two sisters-in-law: Terussa Hill of Detroit, Michigan and Laura McKnight of South Bend. Her 15 children, 46 grandchildren, 101 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends say farewell with love
Her son, Andrew; and daughter, Ernestine preceded her in death.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free, I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call, I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy,
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me.
God wanted me now. He set me free.
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