Brenda Faul, 50, of Urbana, Ill., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Mrs. Faul was born Brenda Sue Brinkerhoff on Jan. 24, 1966, in Champaign, the daughter of Marian Louise (Gill) Brinkerhoff and Jerry Lee Brinkerhoff.
Brenda attended Lottie Switzer Elementary School, Bottonfield Elementary School and Thomas Edison Middle School in Champaign.
Brenda was a 1983 graduate of University Laboratory High School in Urbana, Ill., where she was a standout athlete in gymnastics, track and Cross-Country.
She also graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1988. She subsequently taught fourth grade for one year in Columbia, South Carolina prior to returning home to Illinois, friends and family.
Mrs. Faul was employed by the University of Illinois College of Law for 16 years, helping to manage and evolve their law clinic program. Brenda truly loved her job and particularly working with the students.
Brenda married Jonathon C. Faul, the love of her life, on June 1, 2006. They met in 1991, began dating in 1998, and had a wonderful life together.
Brenda was a skilled athlete and singer. She was also a vivacious reader who collected and read the complete works of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, re-reading them several times over. She also loved to tell jokes to family and friends.
Brenda was a very positive person with a wide circle of colleagues, friends and family. Her courageous fight with lung cancer was one she chose to “live out loud,” inspiring so many of those who loved her dearly.
Visitation for Brenda Faul will be Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, from 3-8 p.m. at the Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Embarrass Cemetery near Brocton, Illinois. The Rev. Jerry Nichols will officiate.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Champaign County Humane Society.
Brenda was preceded in death by one aunt, Dorothy Brosman of Sheffield, Ill., three uncles, Curt Brinkerhoff of Kansas, Ill., Don Tingley of Paris, Ill. and Harlie Brosman of Sheffield; her mother-in-law, Jane Faul, of Battletown, Ky., and her beloved dog, Koko.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jon C. Faul, of Urbana, her parents, Jerry L. and Marian L. Brinkerhoff, of Champaign, her brother, Brian J. Brinkerhoff of Urbana, her niece, Kyla G. Kraus, of Morton, Ill., and her future sister-in-law, Victoria A. Osborn, of Urbana.
Online condolences may be offered at www.HeathandVaughn.com.