May 9, 1952 – Aug. 21, 2020

Brenda Kay McLaren, 68, of Springville, Ala., passed away Aug. 21, 2020, at St Vincent’s East Hospital after a long battle with the Covid-19 virus. Visitation and graveside services will be at Provencal Cemetery Saturday, Aug. 29. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-noon with services immediately following. A Memorial Service will be Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. at Springville First United Methodist Church in Springville, Ala. Visitation will be from 5-6 p.m.

Brenda was born in Natchitoches, daughter of the late Leon and Eula Lea Bates. She had four sisters, Sharon Bates, Donna Deason, Sharon Yvonne Ogle and Shirley McCloud; and two brothers, Mike Bates and Eddie Bates. Brenda was a beloved daughter, sister, mother and “Nonnie.” She was an awesome friend and loved by all. She loved to travel; the only two states she had left on her list were Oregon and California. Brenda loved to go to the beach with her family and friends. Annually, she would take her grandchildren to various theme parks and zoos for spring break. At the end of each school year she took the grandchildren to Provencal to be with her Louisiana family. Family meant everything to her.

She was a Christian who walked with God all of her life. She was saved at 12 years of age and was a member of the Methodist church. She believed in the Bible, prayer and witnessing. She taught Sunday School for over 50 years. Brenda was a prayer warrior who loved to share her faith in actions, words and deeds.

Brenda was a Postmaster for 33 years at various locations in Louisiana and Alabama. She loved people and was always encouraging her employees to apply for various OIC positions to enhance their careers. She made many friends over those 33 years and she cherished each and every one.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 49 years, Ernest McLaren; three sons, David and wife Dawn McLaren of Pelham, Ala., Daniel and wife Charis McLaren of Springville, Ala., and Brett and wife Amanda McLaren of Ashville, Ala.; grandchildren, Sydney (Lucas) Butler, Jarrett McLaren, Dakota McLaren, Brooklyn McLaren and Lane McLaren; great-grandchildren, AnnaRose and Kade Butler; and numerous family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Jarrett McLaren, Dakota McLaren, Lucas Butler, Dustin Howell, Sam Deason and Hunter Dowden.

Honorary Pallbearers are Mike Deason, Mike Bates, Grant Dowden, Buddy Howell and Scott Deason.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be made to Provencal Cemetery Fund, PO Box 354, Provencal, LA 71468, Provencal First United Methodist Church, PO Box 363, Provencal, LA 71468, or Freedom Life Church, 1530 Keyser Ave., Natchitoches, LA 71457.