Brenda Lorraine Wright

Brenda Lorraine Counts Wright, 69, made her transition from earth to Glory at her Kansas City, Missouri home on Tuesday morning, December 10, 2013.  Brenda was the last of seven children born to Arthur and Grace Counts on Wednesday, February 23, 1944.  Along with her parents, three of her four sisters (Barbara Fisher, Arthelle Myers, and Katherlyn Counts) and one brother (Gerald Counts) crossed over before her.

Raised in a Christian home, Brenda grew up in Bethel AME Church of Kansas City, Missouri, participating in the choir, Sunday School, Class and Prayer meetings.  She was a Vacation Bible School Teacher there.  At Carver Bible Institute she participated in “Saturday Sing”.  When she returned to Kansas City, she became a member of St. James United Methodist Church under the leadership of Rev. Emanuel Cleaver, II.

Brenda married Carl (Sultan) Green, and was blessed with one son, Carl M. Green of the home.  She later married Robert Wright who preceded her in death; and subsequently, developed a very special relationship with Robert Mathis who also departed before her.

A Vine Street native, Brenda attended Wendall Phillips Elementary School.  Brenda had a love for learning and information.  After graduating Central High School, Class of 1962, she continued her education at Central Missouri State Teacher’s College currently known as University of Central Missouri of Warrensburg, Missouri, and Penn Valley Community College of Kansas City, Missouri.

Brenda spent her childhood and teenage years in Kansas City, Missouri; then relocated to Los Angeles, California where she raised her young son.  Brenda pursued a professional career as a Computer Systems Programmer with Mattel Corporation in Los Angeles, California.  She returned to Kansas City, Missouri where she continued working as a programmer with TWA, and Worldspan where she retired.

Affectionately called “Becky”, “Bren” and “Bren Bren”, she brought great joy to her family and friends.  She was exceptionally accomplished in almost any area of interest she determined to become skilled in:  sewing, quilting, knitting and more.  She also had a noticeable natural talent for bowling.  An avid reader, she had a special affinity for detective stories; and a passion for shoes, handbags, coats and sterling silver rings.

Many have been blessed by Brenda’s deep caring and unyielding devotion.  As a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend she exceeded the definition of love.  Brenda was quiet, strong, resilient and fought with everything she had.  She was simply beautiful inside and out, and will be missed by all who were blessed enough to have experienced her smile.

Brenda’s memory will forever be cherished by her only child, Carl M. Green; her brother, Stanley L. Counts, Sr.; her sister, and best and inseparable friend, Carolyn J. Anderson; her niece/sister, Teresa E. Walsh; her grandchildren, Carl Bray and Jordan Johnson; her great-grandchildren, Carvon, Emonie and Cayden Bray.  She is also remembered by a long list of nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, extended family and friends who each hold her dear.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at St. James United Methodist Church of Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11 a.m. The family asks that contributions be made to St. James UMC for Missions.  Please place “Brenda Wright – Missions” in the memo.  Floral condolences can be sent to St. James United Methodist Church, 5540 Wayne St., Kansas City, MO  64110.


  1. Jackie & George Chakhtoura on December 20, 2013 at 12:12 am

    We were hoping to have Brenda with us longer than she stayed. We share heartfelt sympathy with everybody who loved her and appreciated her presence.

  2. Charles & Paula King on December 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

    To Brenda’s family,
    We were so sorry to hear that Brenda has left this life on earth. To us, it seems too soon, but we also understand that earthly death begins life that never ends. Thinking of Brenda and reading her beautifully portrayed life story brings back so many memories of times gone by as well as the people who are now gone. You have our sincere sympathy.

  3. Yolanda R. Young on December 16, 2013 at 11:15 am

    To the family,

    May the precious memories of Ms. Brenda’s life and all that she gave, give you peace, comfort, and strength in days to come.

  4. Steven Cottrell on December 16, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I worked with Brenda at Worldspan. I always enjoyed being with her. She had a smile that radiated and a laugh that was joyous to hear. I’ll remember that about Brenda. I was so blessed knowing her.

  5. Tadar Jihad Wazir on December 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Peace be unto you, May the good that Sis. Brenda Lorraine (Counts) Wright remain in your hearts and actions, and be passed on to y(our) posterity for the betterment of humanity? Amen.

    May Sis. Brenda Lorraine (Counts) Wright rest in peace? And may we learn to be ready for the day that we are called home?

    Peace be unto you;
    Tadar Jihad Wazir f.k.a. Theodore Byers

  6. Dina Newman on December 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I’m so sorry I didn’t have the honor to know Ms. Brenda, but I know and cherish and love Ms. Carolyn Anderson and I can only imagine her sister was as lovely as she. Blessings to the family.

  7. Jerome Byers on December 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Pease be with you. Blessings to your family from a friend and classmate.

  8. Verrnice Gilliam aka Nissi on December 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I cherished every moment I had with my aunt Brenda. She was one of the most important people in my childhood and I love you Aunt Brenda!

  9. Dave Smith on December 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I also worked with Brenda at Worldspan. She was a dear soul whose smile brightened the world around her. May joyful memories of Brenda comfort family and friends who were privileged to know and love her.

  10. David Leeper on December 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    So sorry to hear of the homegoing of Brenda. I worked with her at Worldspan. She was a joy and blessing to work with. She worked in the cube next to me for a while – I can still hear her laugh. 🙂 We have missed her since she retired but I look forward to seeing her again. May you find comfort and peace knowing she is in the presence of the Lord.

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