Brenda Ann Stocks was born December 10, 1939 in Elko, NV, the daughter of Doris (Steunenberg) Knowles and Abram Anthony Knowles.
She died surrounded by family at her home in Old La Sal, UT on April 3, 2018.
Brenda attended school in the old mining camp of Mountain City, NV through the eighth grade. She graduated from high school as valedictorian of her class in Elko, NV.
Brenda was an accomplished piano player, having been taught by her mother. She was in the seventh grade when she began playing for the local Mountain City dances with Turk Montrose and his band.
She married Don Griswold in Elko and began work as a nurse in the Elko Hospital. She was very proud to be a nurse as her mother was.
She and Don lived around Elko and on several ranches in Northern Nevada where Don constructed reservoirs and did dirt work. Two children, Anita Marie and Bill, were born at this time. They moved their small construction company to Moab, UT in 1970.
Later, Don and Brenda divorced, and she acquired Southern Utah Paving, a small local asphalt business in Moab. She rapidly learned the business and spent many long, hot days and nights working to make the company into a success. Over the years, Brenda became a very astute and respected business woman.
She married Fred Stocks, who was involved in the timber industry and local construction, in 1978. Brenda called Fred “the love of her life”. Together they built two saw mills and a planer and ran one of the larger timber operations in southern Utah.
Brenda loved to garden, bake, and can. She grew enough vegetables and baked enough to supply all her friends and family. Brenda was always willing to share her knowledge of gardening and canning.
Music was always a big part of her life and she often played with old time musicians. Family and friends loved being entertained by her at family gatherings and parties.
Brenda is survived by her daughter Anita (Tom) Keogh of Old La Sal; son Bill Griswold (Tina) of Dickenson, ND; step-children Bill (Denise) Stocks of Old La Sal, Colleen Stocks of Olathe, CO, Bobbie Jean Crosley of El Cahon, CA; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother Ted Knowles (Wanda) of Dubois, WY.
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