Brenda Kay Eaton

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Brenda Kay Eaton (Grigsby), age 71 of Kansas City, Kansas, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at KU Medical Center.  She was born to the late Ernest Elmer and Mary Ruth Grigsby on November 18, 1948.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Elmer and Mary Ruth Grigsby, and sister, Janet Grigsby.
She is survived by her sister, Jeanne Gebhardt of Camdenton, Missouri; her sons Brian Eaton and wife Beth of Tonganoxie, KS (children: Ashley and Alex Vest, Alysia Gonzales, James Eaton, and Parker Eaton) and Erick Eaton and wife Kyle of Lenexa, KS (children: Chelsea Eaton, Ericka Eaton, Mason Johannes and Riley Johannes); her nephew Kevin Hutchens and husband Jeff Williams of Aspen, Colorado; and her niece Amy and husband Jeff Thompson of Camdenton, Missouri. She also leaves behind four great-grandchildren who were the light of her life, many great-nieces, nephews, other relatives.

Brenda was raised in the community of Kansas City, Kansas.  She was part of the graduating class of ‘66 at Wyandotte High School before marrying to her ex-husband, James Eaton, where they moved to Oakland, California for a short time before returning home to KCK.  Brenda was a loving caretaker to children in her home for several years prior to becoming the Wyandotte County Law Librarian where she retired in 2016.

Brenda was a remarkable cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends, most especially over the holidays. She loved to watch food tutorials and cooking channels and the First 48 with her sister, Jeanne, during her spare time.  

Brenda was a loving mother, grandmother, and a caring friend to everyone she met. We celebrate her life and know that her family and friends will hold tight to the wonderful memories she created for them during her lifetime.


A celebration of life party will take place after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted – date to be determined.


  1. Theresa Hook Barton on May 5, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    She was a bright light in the world… such a heartbreaking loss…

  2. Dana Hawkins on May 5, 2020 at 8:14 am

    So sorry to hear that this beautiful person has passed. Brenda and I were classmates
    many years ago. Rest in peace Brenda.

    • Lisa Wainscott on May 7, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      Brenda was an amazing, caring hilarious, beautiful person. She made me laugh and always shared words of wisdom. In the time we knew each other, we developed a friendship I will always cherish. I’m sorry I didn’t make the time to see her before all of this. Brenda, I will miss you dearly. I Love you. Prayers to the family to find comfort through this time.

  3. Thomas R Fields on May 4, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    She was truly a wonderful person!! She will be missed by all from the WyCo Bar.
    RIP Brenda.

  4. Anita Montes-White on May 4, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Brenda was such a very special lady and I will miss her dearly…….the first two words that come to mind when I think of Brenda and sweet and kind. Her passing will leave a hole in so many hearts…..

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