Mrs. Brenda Stanbery Lentz, 60, of Blowing Rock, N.C., passed away Friday afternoon, June 14, 2019.

Born May 6, 1959 in Beaufort, NC, she was a daughter of the late Harold L. Stanbery and Betsy Norris Stanbery. Brenda was a member of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was retired from Blowing Rock Hospital, Boone Drug and Hunger and Health Coalition where she worked as a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

She is survived by her husband, Johnny Lentz; one daughter, Cindy Lentz and Billy Grimes and son Joshua; her mother, Betsy Stanbery; her brothers and sister, Michael Stanbery and wife Glenda of Boone, Wilda Honeycutt and husband Danny of Mt. Pleasant, David Stanbery, Mark Stanbery and wife Sandra and Richard Stanbery and wife Heather, all of Boone; one brother-in-law, Charles Lentz and wife Debbie of Boone; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold L. Stanbery; one nephew, Anthony Koroll; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lewis and Emmy Lentz.

When many people think of Brenda, the first words that come to mind are fighter and strong, but there are so many others such as, fierce lover of her family, amazing Nina to Joshua, gardener and tender to extravagant flowers, loyal friend to many, and dog mom.

There were many things that Brenda loved but family was always put first. Johnny and Cindy were always the priority and nothing short of the best was what she always desired for them. Along comes Joshua, her beloved grandson, the apple of her eye. No one could make her smile or feel love like he could and the memories they share will always be close to his heart. Brenda loved her mother, father, brother and sisters with the same heart and love. She has always celebrated with her many nieces and nephews, always treating them like her own.

Not many people could or would show the grace and strength that exploded from her after her cancer diagnosis. Through her, you could see her love of Jesus by the way she praised him even in her storm. Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church was a mainstay for Brenda after marrying Johnny and many lifelong friendships were made there. She served on numerous committees, sang in the choir and raised her family there.

When you pull up to Brenda’s house in the summer, you would see flowers maintained, blooming and beautiful in every corner, sidewalk and hillside. This is where she spent her afternoons, picking and tending to her flowers. There was nothing better than walking to the garden to pick squash, zucchini, tomatoes and check the pumpkins with Joshua and see his smile as we found new big ones hiding under their leaves.

Funeral services for Mrs. Brenda Stanbery Lentz were conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon, June 17, 2019 at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church. Officiating was the Rev. Kathryn Beach and Lynn Stall. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Flowers are accepted or memorial may be made to Relay For Life, in care of Kathy Idol, 8821 Highway 421 South, Deep Gap, NC 28618.

The family received friends Sunday evening, June 16, 2019 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be shared with the Lentz family at

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Lentz family.

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