Brenda Diane Kern-Fields (Ryan), 79, of Braymer, died Thursday, April 18, 2019, at her residence in Braymer.

Brenda was born Aug. 11, 1939, in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of James O. and Evelyne G. (Spurgeon) Ryan.

She was previously married to Rodney Kern, and they had four children. She was united in marriage to R.G. Fields of Braymer on Oct. 19, 2014.

Brenda worked for the Blue Springs School District for more than 31 years and retired from Central Office R-4 school district. She was a proud member of the Eastern Star and held the position of Worthy Matron at both the Osceola and Polo branches. Brenda had a passion for growing anything from flowers to vegetables.

She enjoyed porch sitting, bird watching, her morning coffee and every sunrise. She relished cooking but her love of feeding everyone at any time was her life mission. She and her husband built three happy homes together full of love, laughter, and memories.

Survivors include: her loving husband, R.G. Fields; a sister, Vicki Jones; a daughter, Kari Stewart (David); three sons, Kris Kern (Shellie); Kevin Kern (Jen); and Kraig Kern; her grandchildren: Kaleb (Shannon) Kern, Jared (Vashti) Kern, Amber (Andrew) Dawson, Kyla (Kevin) Alumbaugh, Courtney Kern, Emily Stewart, Ian Kern; one great-granddaughter (Leralei) and one great -grandson on the way.

She is also survived by four stepchildren: Beyonca (Bob) Gravedoni, Regina (Troy) Keithley, Rowena (Doug) Evans, Rod (Kathy) Fields, six step-grandchildren, Jess Fahrenbruch, Zach Evans, Tyler (Jamie) Evans, Lex Gravedoni, Sara Keithley, Tan Gravedoni, one stepgreat-grandson Johnathan and a host of many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Special acknowledgement to her friends who supported and enhanced her life. Brenda will be dearly missed by her family, lifelong friends, and be forever in the hearts of many.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother-in-law, Fred Jones.

Memorial contributions are suggested to either the American Cancer Society, the Order of the Eastern Star or to Wayside Waifs for Animals. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 E. Main St. – P.O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond, with an Order of Eastern Star Service at 12:45 p.m. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.

Inurnment will be at a later date at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.

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