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Obituary: Brenda Burnett Nelson

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1956 ~ 2004

Our light has left this world and gone to illuminate another. Brenda Burnett Nelson, 48, died in her Salt Lake City home Sept. 30 after a six-year challenge with Mesethelioma cancer.

After showing us so many possibilities as mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend, she is guiding those in the next life.

Brenda was born Feb. 11, 1956, in Salt Lake City to Clyde and Betty Burnett. She married Kelly Nelson in 1983 at First Baptist Church, where she was a member.

A passionate learner, Brenda graduated from Skyline High School and earned her bachelor's degree from Lewis and Clark College. She went on to get a master's degree in English from Yale University. She and Kelly moved to Los Angeles, where she obtained a Ph.D. in English and a law degree from the University of Southern California. She practiced law in the Los Angeles firms of Hughes, Hubbard, and Reed, and Mannatt, Phelps, and Phillips before moving home to Utah to be closer to family.

Although her accomplishments are many and impressive, her greatest achievement was her love of her family. She beat all the odds in her final years to give all who knew her - particularly her children more time to learn the meaning of family and love. Brenda knew that her time with us was short, and she focused on that which was most important.

Brenda's light lives on through her loving husband Kelly, daughter Caroline "Carly," son Taylor, parents Clyde and Betty Burnett, brothers Ken and Bruce (Dana) Burnett, all of Salt Lake City, sister Lisa (Mark) Borelli, Chicago, Illinois, nieces, nephews, and many others.

A funeral service for close friends and family will be held Monday at 12:00 noon at First Baptist Church, 777 So. 1300 East. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1342 E. 500 South. Donations may be made to, the American Cancer Society, 941 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106 or Community Nursing Services, 6949 High Tech Drive, Sakt Lake City, Utah 84047. Funeral directors, Neil O'Donnell & Sons.

"Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow." Brenda, we love you and will miss you very much." <! >