Connie Brenden

Connie L. Brenden

Jan. 18, 1947 – Jan. 4, 2021

The world lost a touch of sweetness when Connie Brenden, 73-year-old Buffalo resident passed away on Monday, Jan. 4 at her home following a valiant battle with cancer. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo with Pastor Don Paulson officiating. Visitation will be held at the Harness Funeral Home Chapel from 1 until 9 p.m. Friday. A reception will be held at Big Horn Baptist Church immediately following the graveside service. Donations in Connie’s memory may be made to the Big Horn Baptist Church in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. To attend the graveside virtually and leave online condolences or memories please visit

Connie Lynn (Jarvis) Brenden was born Jan. 18, 1947 to Paul and Lillian (Casey) McAnally in Indianapolis where she grew up and went to school, graduating from T.C. Howe High School in May 1964. Connie attended Franklin College where she met her first husband Robert (Bob) Jarvis. Connie and Bob raised three boys and pursued teaching careers in Huntington, Indiana and Gillette. Bob and Connie later divorced. In 1994 Connie married Brett Brenden in Buffalo. Connie retired in 2007 after 30 years as an extraordinary elementary educator but remained a lifelong teacher. Education was in her blood. She was constantly learning and used every occasion as a teaching experience. She formed lifelong bonds with her students and peers. Her passion for learning carried through everything she did, patiently helping grandkids, church members or anyone that needed it.

Connie’s church community was family to her, as was anyone who needed help or love. She was always there to give love abundantly, serving in church leadership roles or lending a hand wherever needed. She was always willing to do whatever was needed without complaint. If you had a sad, happy or funny story, you wanted to tell it to her, she would be there with you no matter the emotion. She could not help but take care of those around her, a perpetually generous spirit. Her light and joy shone through in every interaction she had, her easy chuckle and warm smile will be sorely missed. In her absence, may we remember Connie by helping out a neighbor, sending an encouraging card, cooking a meal for someone or simply sharing more love with each other to carry on the joyful and selfless spirit of Connie.

She is survived by her husband Brett Brenden of Buffalo; three sons, Chad Jarvis of Cheyenne, Scott Jarvis of Spearfish, South Dakota, Ross Jarvis of Olympia, Washington; two stepsons, Jason Brenden of Helena, Montana and Jeremy Brenden of Malta, Montana; 13 “dumplin” grandchildren she loved so dearly; and her brother Dan McAnally of North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents.