Brenda Helen Heptinstall Hay

March 26, 1945 ~ March 7, 2022 (age 76)

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Brenda Helen Heptinstall Hay, 76, was born on March 26, 1945 in Anniston, Alabama and passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on March 7, 2022. Brenda was a Christian daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, niece, cousin and a precious friend to many. She proudly raised her children, and once grown, pursued her passion for teaching children with special needs, especially children with autism, until she retired.

She is leaving behind two daughters and their spouses Maryhelen Inlow (Greg) of Blakely, Ga and Lara Leigh Hay (Mark Grafton) of Commerce, Ga; two grandchildren, Ryan Couch (Cody) of Phenix City, Al and Ti Inlow of Blakely, Ga; and a great grandchild, Jace Couch of Phenix City, Al. She was preceded in death by her parents Helen and Leyden Heptinstall; and her son, Forrest Hay.

There will be two Celebrations of Life services… Saturday March 26, 2022, her birthday, in Anniston, Al and Saturday April 23, 2022 in Commerce, Ga.

In Anniston, the graveside service is to be held in Anniston Memorial Gardens at 2:00 pm Central Time on Saturday, March 26, 2022, followed by a high tea at 3:00 pm.

In Commerce, the service is to be held at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce at 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, April 23, 2022, with high tea immediately following in the reception hall.

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Arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, Georgia. (706) 754-6256

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