Kay Ellen Brendel Greenwood (’65)

Kay Ellen Brendel Greenwood OBITUARY

February 17, 2023, 10:47 am EST

Bastrop – Kay Ellen Brendel Greenwood, 79, of Bastrop, TX, passed away on February 01, 2023, from pancreatic cancer.

Kay was born on August 28, 1943 to Robert Oliver and Helen Virginia Brendel (Bob and Pat) in Knoxville, TN. After Kay graduated from Bellaire High School in 1961, she went on to study French at the University of Houston.

After graduating 2nd in her class with an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in French, she went to work at the French Consulate in Houston, before embarking on a lifelong career as a middle and high school French teacher, and immersing herself in her biggest passion, anything, and everything French.

Kay met Michael Earl Greenwood in Houston, TX at Bellaire Presbyterian Church in high school, reconnected at the University of Houston and went on to be married in 1966, recently celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary. Kay and Michael had three children, Ellen Michele Greenwood, Kristopher Brendel Greenwood, and Katie Elyse Greenwood. 

In 1986 Kay and Michael moved to Harlingen, TX to raise their children in a small town, to be close to South Padre Island, and she taught French at Harlingen High School.

After teaching at Kinkaid School, Harlingen High School, La Porte High School and Ser Ninos Charter School, Kay retired and lived in Galveston, TX spending many happy years there. Kay and Michael then moved to Bastrop, TX to be closer to Ellen and Kristopher, of Austin. In 2019 she welcomed her first grandchild to her life, Frederick Brendel Greenwood, and in 2021 welcomed her granddaughter, Charlie June Greenwood, and they brought her much joy to her life in her final years.

Kay was predeceased by her parents, Bob, and Pat, and is survived by her husband Mike, three children Ellen, Katie and Kristopher, and her grandchildren, Frederick and Charlie.

Services will be held at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church on February 17, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Greenpeace and PETA, organizations Kay felt strongly about.

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