Brenda Sue Fouts

CLINTON — Brenda Sue Fouts, 60 of Clinton, passed away at 3:29 a.m. on April 26, 2022, at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur.

No services are planned at this time. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with cremation rites.

Memorials may be directed to the Brenda Sue Fouts Memorial Fund c/o Amber Fouts.

Brenda was born on February 7, 1962, in Clinton, the daughter of Arthur and Sharon (Nelson) Larson.  She married Gary Fouts in 1980 in Bloomington.

Survivors include her daughter, Amber Nicole Fouts (fiancé, Tony Luaparell), Decatur; three grandchildren, Jazmine Fouts-Wilburn (Joey King), Decatur; Angelica Fouts-Wilburn (Hunter Boyer), Decatur; and Dexter Staton, Clinton; seven siblings,  Dale (Shawna) Nelson, Clinton; Arthur “Butch” (Robin) Larson, Lincoln; Debbie (Randy Johnson) Larson, Clinton; Deanna Daniels, Heyworth; Kevin (Liz) Larson, Springfield; Rick (Sandy) McGhee, Clinton; and Timothy (Lisa) McGhee, Atlanta.  Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents.

Brenda worked at and managed The Grecian Gardens, in Clinton, for many, many years. Brenda was a beloved mother and granny to not only her grandchildren but also to her spoiled fur babies, Theo, Tinkle, Sassy, Prince, Princess,Walnut, Snoopy, Thor and the late Smokey and Jethro.

She was an avid reader of paranormal romance and fantasy fiction novels. Her family has come across a quote she had wrote down, “The Wonderful Adventures of Reading A Book.”  “Take the adventure of a lifetime, go wherever, for as long, as you want never tire of the adventures of reading a book.  Explore the wonders of the world and universe in words.”

Brenda enjoyed collecting elephants whose trunks were upright, which was said to bring luck, energy and prosperity. She had a fondness of painted porcelain face masks and anything that had to do with lighthouses.

After retiring, Brenda spent countless hours with her granddaughters having late night conversations and spontaneous shopping sprees.  Brenda had the opportunity to spend vacations in Florida with her family, where she enjoyed the adventures of swimming in the ocean and laughing at the fact she was a floater, not really a swimmer.  The family said that she would tell them not to let her go because she would just float away with the waves.

Brenda is and was the center of her family’s everyday routine, and many days were spent with them. Brenda was very devoted and loving to her granddaughters, Jazmin and Angelica. She was a huge part of who the girls have become today.

Brenda will be forever etched in the hearts of those who loved her dearly. Her family will continue to carry her spirit into every adventure that comes next.

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