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Local “mother to many” remembered for reaching out to youth

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Brenda “Bre” Minkoff had a giving heart – so much so that she often took in kids who needed a helping hand.

 

“We could wake up in the morning and you never knew who would be at the door. Teens would tell us others told them to come to us and we would just say OK, that’s fine. We just did it,” said Michael Minkoff, Benda’s husband. “Brenda never turned away a child. She gave them the love, affection, stable home life and everything else a mother would do.”

 

Mrs. Minkoff passed on May 24 at 11:41 p.m. at Eastside Medical Center after a nearly three-year battle with lymphoma. Mr. Minkoff says he and other family members were at his wife’s bedside when she died. Mrs. Minkoff was 68.

Mrs. Minoff worked as an administrative assistant for some of the largest accounting firms in Atlanta throughout the 80’s and 90’s until she retired and put all her focus on helping troubled youths.

 

“I know she has a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face looking down on us. From day one, Brenda’s been my whole world. She was my strength, my sunshine and just basically my whole life,” said Mr. Minkoff. “We have a wonderful, beautiful, very large family. I love Brenda for her undying kindness and generosity in opening our home to all the wonderful children over the years.”

 

The Minkoffs were recognized for their work in the community by Rockdale County officials. Several expressed their condolences in an online guestbook.

 

“I really hated to hear this but I’m glad she is at peace and will suffer no longer,” said Rockdale County Tax Commissioner RJ Hadley.

“My condolences go to Mike and his family. We will all miss Brenda and what she did for the community,” said State Rep. Pam Dickerson.

“I am so sorry to hear this. Brenda was such a special person and she will be missed. My prayers go up for Mike and the family,” said Democratic Delegate Rhonda Taylor.

 

“Michael’s dear wife will be missed greatly. Her years long battle with cancer is now over. I have visited Michael and his family and we want them to know that we will always be there for the Minkoff family,” said Doreen Barrie Williams. Williams served as the chair of the Rockdale Democratic Party before entering the election for a Board of Commissioners seat.

Mrs. Minkoff was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Ford and Juanita Dunn Ford Roberts. Over the years, Brenda and her husband adopted some of the children they took in and all of them are still very close and consider Brenda their mother, according to Michael Minkoff.

 

Mrs. Minkoff is survived by her loving husband, Michael; sons, Steven Harwood, Alfonso “David” Del Negro & Nathan Dwight; daughters, Erica Minkoff Dismukes, Judy Linton, Kimber Hudson, Estela Cuenca, Denise Simms; son in law Nequay Dismukes; daughter in law Jennifer Harwood; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held for Brenda “Bre” Minkoff on Tuesday, June 3, 1 p.m. at the Levett Funeral Home, 1041 Bryant Street, Conyers. 770-483-9885.  

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