Brenda Rae Maynard Walters, 46, of Boise, Idaho, and formerly of Sundance, Wyoming, passed December 11, 2013, after complications from knee surgery.
Brenda was born June 2, 1967, to Bob and Arley (Hespe) Maynard in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. She later moved with her parents to Sturgis, South Dakota, and finally to Sundance, Wyoming, where she graduated from high school in 1985. She worked for her parents in their small business, touching many lives because of her strong opinions, sense of compassion and ability to listen.
Brenda attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, graduating with Bachelor of Science degree in political science. She loved her home state of Wyoming. She was a huge fan of the University of Wyoming Cowboys football team, often changing her Facebook profile picture in support of her alma mater. She adored Wyoming’s finest political figures and had a deep love for all things Wyoming.
She met the love of her life, Nathan Walters, while working and attending college in Laramie. She and Nathan married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on June 10, 2000, and made their home in Boise, caring for Nathan’s grandmother. Brenda affectionately called Nathan, “Her Trophy Husband.” As she was recovering from surgery, she told her friends Nathan was a “saint” for how diligently he cared for her. She loved no one as much as her dear Nathan.
Brenda had the heart of a true patriot. She gave 110 percent to everything in which she was involved. Brenda not only went the extra mile, she paved it behind her for the next person coming up the road. She was the District 18 Republican chair for several years and was recognized for her service in 2009 as Outstanding Republican Legislative District Chair. She spent countless hours working on campaigns, attending meetings and offering support to candidates. Brenda had a flare for organization, often putting together large-scale conferences, fundraisers and dinners. She truly was a systems thinker, attending to the smallest details to ensure an event’s success.
Brenda got her start in politics by interning in Washington, D.C., for Wyoming Congresswoman Barbara Cubin. She was subsequently hired by U.S. Senator Larry Craig to work in his Boise office as a staff assistant and tasked to become the Senator’s point person on immigration issues. Because of her quick intellect, natural compassion and hard work, she became the premier expert on immigration and international adoption in Idaho. She later became Senator Craig’s casework director and regional director and trained many new staffers on the fine art of constituent service – because “No” was an unacceptable answer from any federal bureaucrat. She worked for the Senator for more than 10 years; helping thousands of Idahoans achieve their dreams of living and raising their families in the Gem State.
She was fiercely loyal to her employers, family and friends. Brenda brought people together. She organized birthday lunches, parties and happy hours. She texted, called, sent her friends emails and Pinterest ideas on what to wear, what to buy and how to decorate. She knew no stranger. When you met Brenda, you had a sense you were meeting someone special – because you were.
Brenda was a classy lady. She dressed well and was known for designer handbags (not purses). She was Nordstrom’s best customer. She respected tradition and loved the finer things in life, including Starbucks coffee, delicate porcelain, and the British Royals, but also KISS, Motley Crue, Led Zeppelin, and Josh Groban. She read books of all genres and often gave her friends suggestions of what to read and what not to read. She was the host of many book clubs throughout her time in Boise. Brenda enjoyed traveling with Nathan to Portland and Las Vegas, where they enjoyed rock concerts, the best restaurants and shopping.
Brenda lived by her hero, Winston Churchill’s adage, “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” With her death, many people’s lives are forever altered. It will require her friends to have courage to learn to live life without her, but also keep her legacy alive through their actions.
She is survived by her dear love Nathan and her Corgi, Luci; her parents, Bob and Arley Maynard, Sundance; her brother, Bret and sister-in-law Alyssa Maynard, and her nephews, Alexander and Blake, Denver, Colorado; her in-laws Dr. Ted and Dona Walters, Boise; sister-in-law Allison Walters and husband E.T. Hansen and their son Colton, Boise; brother-in-law John Walters and daughter Hillary Walters, Boise; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 16, 2013, at Cathedral of the Rockies, Boise. Private interment will be in Caldwell, Idaho.
A local Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013, at the Old High School Gymnasium in Sundance.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brenda Maynard Walters Memorial Fund for the Giraffes at Zoo Boise. To donate, call Zoo Boise or visit their website atwww.zooboise.org and designate the donation.
Local arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com