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Brenda Kay Hockett, 1957 — 2013

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Brenda Kay Hockett, 1957 — 2013

Brenda Kay Hockett, 1957 — 2013

Brenda Kay Hockett, devoted wife, loving mother, and proud MeMa, was called home by our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the age of 56.

Brenda was born in Salem, Missouri, on Feb. 9, 1957, to Ivan and Irene Brooks. She was the youngest of seven children and was raised living the farm life. Her parents taught her the importance of family and hard work.

She graduated from Salem High School, where she was captain of the volleyball team. There she met her high school sweetheart, whom she married on Nov. 17, 1978. In 1982, they had their first child, and the next in 1987. In April of 1989, they moved their family to Twain Harte and in 1993 they settled in Tehachapi.

Mrs. Brenda Hockett did most of her work at her home in Stallion Springs. She made her family her first priority, always putting us before herself. Throughout her life, she endured many struggles, but she did everything she could to make us happy. We can only hope she knows how appreciated she really is.

Brenda also worked part-time at our local, family-owned Kelcy’s Restaurant as a dishwasher. She loved her work and was loved by many.

Brenda lives on through the hearts of her husband of 35 years, Ron Hockett of Stallion Springs; daughter, Tonya and her husband, Jeff Killingsworth; daughter, Chanda Hockett; and two precious granddaughters, Kayden and Ayla Killingsworth, who she loved and adored, all of Bakersfield.

She is also survived by her brothers, Kenneth Brooks, and Dale Brooks and his wife, Mary Lou; sisters, Linda Baker and her husband, John, and Mary Lou Wells and her husband, Kenny, all of Salem, Missouri. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Jean Hockett of Sonora; father-in-law, Cecil Hockett of Salem, Missouri; brothers-in-law, Bill Hockett of Tuolumne and Albert Hockett of St. James, Missouri; sister-in-law, Lisa Claypool of Rolla, Missouri; as well as many nieces and nephews spread throughout the country. She will be joining in Heaven her parents and grandparents; her sister, Hazel; and brother, Larry.

We believe the Lord may have taken her spirit on Friday, Feb. 22, however, we were fortunate enough to spend the next four days with her in the ICU of San Joaquin Valley Hospital, in the hopes that she might come back to us. She was on life support, unable to breathe on her own. A special thank you again to all of the doctors, nurses, and specialists who did their best to care for our loved one. Your love and compassion will never be forgotten.

We are thankful for every memory and will hold dear all the love that she has shown us. She will be missed by all who adored her. She is truly irreplaceable and will live on in our hearts forever.

A special thanks to Wood Family Funeral Service for handling the arrangements. Services were held in their chapel on Wednesday, March 6, and interment followed at Tehachapi Public Cemetery, Westside. For condolences please visit

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