Brenda Kay Asher

November 3, 1943 ~ December 28, 2019 (age 76)


Brenda Kay (Cook) Asher, age 76, of Benton, passed away at 10:20 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Stonebridge Nursing and Rehab of Benton.

Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton with Pastor Perry Musgrave officiating. Burial will be at a future date in Knob Prairie Cemetery near Akin. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Brenda was born on November 3, 1943 in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of Andrew John Cook and Evelyn Christina (Harriss) Cook. She would first marry Joe Cook, and later she married Jackie Asher, and he preceded her in death in 2001.

She formerly worked as a housekeeper at the Franklin Hospital of Benton and would later work in the laundry department with Benton Healthcare and Rehab.

Brenda enjoyed Gospel Music, especially anything Gaither; she enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching the Andy Griffith show, cooking, and she was an avid Cubs fan.

She was of the Church of God faith.

Survivors include a son David Cook and wife Betty of Benton; a daughter Janet Cook Budnick and husband Norm of Mahomet, IL; six grandchildren: Ashley Cairel of Urbana, IL, Dylan Stewart of Mahomet, IL, Brandon Cook of Benton, Joseph Cook of Benton, Jacob Cook of Benton, and Caitlyn Cook of Benton; two step-grandchildren: Lauren Budnick of Grand Rapids, MI, and Lindsey Budnick of Seattle, WA; two sisters: Nancy Johnson and husband Jim of El Paso, IL, Joy Cook Loeffler of Colorado Springs, CO; a step-sister Brenda Armour and husband Tim of Odell, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jackie Asher; a granddaughter Jessica Stewart; and a brother Andrew John Cook.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Brenda Kay Asher, to assist with funeral expenses, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Service Information

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

6:00 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

Will be in the Knob Prairie Cemetery at a future date

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