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Brenda (Larson) Mack
Brenda (Larson) Mack, 53, beloved educator and wife of Louis J. Mack, died peacefully at home in her sleep on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Weaverville in 1960, she grew up in Northern California. She graduated from Yreka High School in 1978. While attending College of the Siskiyous, she met Louis Mack, and together they attended Humboldt University, graduating in 1982. The same year, Brenda and Louis were married in Yreka.
Brenda received her teaching credential from Chapman University and subsequently embarked on a long and successful career as an elementary educator. After a number of years teaching in Victorville, Brenda and her family moved to Bishop. She worked as a teacher at Round Valley for 14 years, inspiring and engaging many students. She was known for her encouraging personality, unique and exciting lessons and constant smile in and out of the classroom. She loved her job and her students loved her.
Outside of the classroom, Brenda was a dedicated and loving wife and mother, as well as an avid skier and hiker. She took full advantage of the Eastern Sierra, summiting Mt. Whitney and spending countless hours on Mammoth Mountain.
Brenda was preceded in death by her brother, Eric James Larson.
She is survived by her husband, Louis Mack of Bishop; as well as her children, Bryan of Bishop and William and fiancÃ©e Jessi Oney of Boise, Idaho; parents, Larry and Marilyn Larson of Manteca; sisters, Zoe Ann Liggett of Gresham, Ore. and Pauline Eiras of Livermore; and grandson, Easton James Mack of Boise, Idaho.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Round Valley School auditorium. Relatives, friends and former students are encouraged to attend.