Brenda Hawkins-Rider

Obituary of Brenda Hawkins-Rider


       Brenda Hawkins Rider

   June 16, 1944-April 13, 2023


Brenda C. Hawkins Rider, 78, of Mulino, Oregon went to be with the Lord on April 13, 2023, at Providence Hospital in Milwaukee, Oregon after her courageous battle with an aggressive degenerative illness.

Brenda was born on June 16, 1944, to Luther H. and Maudy P. (Green) Harrell. She was married to John Harlie Hawkins Sr. from Buchanan MI. They had two sons, John H. Hawkins Jr. and Scott W. Hawkins. She was preceded in death by both her husband John (2013) and by her son Scott (2021).

After John’s death Brenda married Perry L. Rider a lifelong friend and moved to Oregon where they enjoyed many new adventures including camping and traveling together. She loved gardening, cooking, and working on crafts.

Brenda was a devoted mother, wife, and grandmother who served Christ and regularly told others about Jesus.

She leaves behind her husband Perry Rider, her son John Jr. and Laura Hawkins of Scottsboro Al, her grandchildren Carissa and Brandon Hawkins, her brother Kenneth “Dean” and Artie Harrell of Niles, MI,  Lucille (Webber) Harrell of Niles, MI, and Cheryl Harrell of Portage, IN. Brenda was preceded in death by her siblings: Edgar Harrell, Emmett Harrell, Pauline Rough, Barbara Smotherman, Luther Harrell Jr., Violus “Jake” Harrell, Violet Harrell, Verda Webber, and Richard Harrell.

“She touched the lives of many and reached out to her family on a regular basis to talk and catch up on their daily lives. She will always be greatly loved and missed.”

A favorite passage from the Bible that she often referenced was her Savior’s promise and her hope. This gives us great comfort now.

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

We plan a future gathering for family and friends to be announced at a later date.

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