Brenda Ann Stocks was born Dec. 10, 1939 in Elko, Nev., the daughter of Doris (Steunenberg) Knowles and Abram Anthony Knowles. She died surrounded by family at her home in Old La Sal, Utah on April 3, 2018.
Brenda attended school in the old mining camp of Mountain City, Nev., through the eighth grade. She graduated from high school in Elko, Nev., as valedictorian of her class.
Brenda was an accomplished piano player, having been taught by her mother. She was in the seventh grade when she began playing for the local Mountain City dances with Turk Montrose and his band.
She married Don Griswold in Elko, and began work as a nurse in the Elko hospital. She was very proud to be a nurse as her mother was. She and Don lived around Elko and on several ranches in northern Nevada where Don constructed reservoirs and did dirt work. Two children, Anita Marie and Bill were born at this time. They moved their small construction company to Moab in 1970.
Later, Don and Brenda divorced and she acquired Southern Utah Paving, a small local asphalt business in Moab. She rapidly learned the business and spent many long, hot days and nights working to making the company into a success. Over the years, Brenda became a very astute and respected businesswoman.
She married Fred Stocks in 1978. He was involved in the timber industry and construction trade. Brenda called Fred, “the love of her life,” and together they built two sawmills and a planer, and ran one of the larger timber operations in southern Utah.
Brenda loved to garden, bake and can. She grew enough vegetables and baked enough to supply all her friends and family. Brenda was always willing to share her knowledge of gardening and canning.
Music was always a big part of her life and she often played with old time musicians. Family and friends loved being entertained by her at family gatherings and parties. Brenda is survived by her daughter, Anita (Tom) Keogh of Old La Sal, son, Bill Griswold (Tina) of Dickenson, North Dakota. Stepchildren Bill Stocks (Denise) of Old La Sal, Colleen Stocks of Olathe, Colo., Bobbie Jean Crosley of El Cajon, Calif., many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and brother Ted Knowles (Wanda) of Dubois, Wyo.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.spanishvalleymortuary.com.