Brenda Kay Neff

Brenda Kay Neff, 70, died Dec 1, 2020 at Research Medical Center. She was born November 27, 1950 in Kansas City, the daughter of Virgil (Bill) Howell and Peggy Howell (Parks).


Brenda lived most of her life in Belton and was a proud graduate of Belton High School, Class of 1968 (Go Pirates!). Brenda worked at several local businesses including Stix, Baer & Fuller, Baptist Medical Center, Woolco, Belton Country Market, Black & Veatch and ultimately retired from the City of Belton after 18 years.


Brenda loved her family, her friends and her town and took great pride in each of them. She had a smile and a spirit that could light up the room and loved nothing more than celebrating the successes and happiness of others. In her retirement, she liked to travel and spend time with her extended family, socialize with her friends, attend water aerobics at the community center or have breakfast at Tara’s Café. She enjoyed the simple things in life and always found a way to make them enjoyable for everyone else around her.


Brenda is preceded in death by her parents, her god parents Leroy and Hattie Robuck and her brother, Richard Howell. She is survived by her son Justin Neff of Seattle, her sister Gretchen Howell-Weir (Wally) of Blue Springs, brother Jerry Howell (Sharilyn) of Olympia, Wash., brother Richard’s family (Pegene) of Waukee, Iowa, her City Hall family “The Posse,” and close family friends Stephanie Morgan (Charlie), Donnell Doak (Rick) and Bridget Schlagle (Jimmer).


Her son would like to especially recognize those who helped to care for her over the past year. In times of darkness you find the light in those around you and that was certainly the case as Mom battled her illness: Gretchen Howell-Weir, Jennifer Russo, Stephanie Morgan, Tim Savage, Jim Debo, Leigh Ann Kirchner, Pat Riddell, Jayne Jackson, Susan Braun, Dr. Lybarger, Cynthia Tucker (Nurse Navigator), Wendy Jones, Norma Evans, Donnell Doak, Bridget Schlagle and Patti Ledford; you were all blessings to our lives and we are eternally grateful for each of you.


A celebration of Brenda’s life will be scheduled with friends and family in the new year. Instead of condolences or flowers, please consider a charitable contribution to Belton Educational Foundation, 110 W. Walnut Street, Belton, Mo 64012.

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