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Monday, May 28, 2012

DL family Brenda Sexton Washburn Cawley

~ IN MEMORY ~
Brenda Sexton (Washburn) Cawley
November 19, 1944 - May 27, 2012
North Charleston, South Carolina
We have received word that former Delta F/A Brenda Sexton Washburn Cawley has passed away at the age of 67.  Brenda was first married to MSY/ATL DL crew scheduler Jim Washburn (please see information below).   
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://hosting-25037.tributes.com/show/Brenda-Sexton-Cawley-93889527 
Personal condolences may be sent c/o son Matthew Washburn  at
2500 Caladium Drive NE , Atlanta  GA 30345-2010 ..... (770) 492-1410 
Or email:  mdwashburn@bellsouth.net  
Visitation:  Wednesday, May 30 , 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM     
J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel
2180 Greenridge Road, North Charleston, SC 29406
Funeral Service:  Thursday, May 31 at 10:00 AM    
Cokesbury United Methodist Church
4990 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29418

From: Judi Peck   Sent: Monday, May 28, 2012 10:34 AM
Subject: Brenda Sexton Washburn Cawley
Would you please publish on PCN.....
Brenda was first married to Jim Washburn, crew scheduler in New Orleans and then in Atlanta when the MSY base closed

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Matthew Washburn <mdwashburn@bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, May 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM  Subject: Brenda Cawley


Brenda  Sexton, Washburn,  Cawley, 67, of historic North Charleston, SC, died Sunday, May 27, 2012. She was the wife of Col. John H. Cawley, and Jim Washburn, crew scheduler at the MSY and ATL bases. Born November 19, 1944, to Pansy P. White and William Wilson Sexton Sr., Brenda grew up in North Charleston, graduating from Chicora High School in 1962. She entered The College of Charleston and later transferred to Louisiana State University. With a passion for travel, Brenda worked as a Flight Attendant for Delta Air Lines when most women were mothers, teachers or nurses. After having her only son, Matthew Washburn in July 1968, she continued to work as a sales representative for Xerox and a nurse recruiter for Hotel Dieu Hospital. Believing that she controlled her destiny, Brenda owned her own clothing shop called “Madness” in 1978. When she moved back to Charleston, she opened a Real Estate company, later selling it to Hamrick, Carter and Associates. She continued to serve others in the government sector as the Clerk of City Council in the City of North Charleston and later as the Deputy Clerk of Council for the City of Charleston.

When diagnosed with cancer in 2006, Brenda, in typical form, turned her cancer into “mission possible.” She inspired many survivors to live a full, active life. Though her experiences and treatments were extensive and harsh, Brenda helped others navigate their own destiny by promoting self-advocacy during cancer treatments.

She was a catalyst for strength and advocacy in the cancer community. Brenda, a woman once afraid of riding in a boat, became active with Dragon Boat, leading her team to cross the finish line on the Ashley River. In October 2011, the City of North Charleston, inspired by Brenda’s vision of finding a cure for breast cancer, dedicated its new pink fire truck in her name. The City uses the pink fire truck to raise breast cancer awareness in the community.

Brenda adored her longtime friends "The Magnolias" and wanted their goodwill to never be forgotten.

Brenda was an active and cherished member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church and is survived by her husband, Col. John Homer Cawley; her father, William (Norma) Sexton Sr. of Charleston; her brother, William Sexton, Jr. of Charleston; her son, Matthew (Elizabeth) Washburn of Atlanta, GA and their children, Madeline, Luke, and Charlotte; her step-son, Dr. John Cawley of Atlanta, GA and his children Patrick and Sean; her step-son, Michael Cawley of Atlanta, GA; her step-son, Hugh Cawley of Atlanta, GA; her niece Julie (Chris) Crawford of Houston, TX, and their daughter Campbell. She is predeceased by her mother and niece, Amanda Sexton. No matter what city Brenda called home she created close relationships with many people. She loving referred to Julie Elmore of Hanahan as her “adopted daughter” and enjoyed her daughters Emily and Amber as “adopted grandchildren”.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Cokesburry United Methodist Church 4990 Dorchester Rd, Charleston, SC 29418 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 5 PM - 8 PM. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, immediately followed by a burial service at Live Oak Cemetery on Jefferies Boulevard at corner of Detreville Street, Walterboro, SC 29488 . The family will receive friends and guests after the burial service at 109 Silverhill Rd., Walterboro, SC 29488.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the Pink Fire Truck Foundation c/o North Charleston Fire Department, P.O. Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419 or the Dragon Boat Charleston, 1643 Savannah Hwy # 261, Charleston, SC 29407.

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