SMITH, Brenda

SMITH, Dr. Brenda C.

Age 64, passed away January 8, 2021, of cancer. She was born May 18, 1956, in Kansas City, Missouri, to parents Art and Carol. She married Mark Smith in 1977 and together they raised two daughters, Cassia and Ariel. Brenda earned her PhD in Mathematics in 1989 from the University of Missouri. The family moved to

Cincinnati in 1993 and then to Hamilton, Ohio, in 1995, where Brenda lived until her death. A math instructor at the Miami University – Hamilton campus, she loved to share her delight in math with her family, students, and colleagues. Brenda also enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, and gardening. She was known for her beautiful quilts. She is survived by her husband Mark, her daughters Cassia Smith and Ariel (Christopher)

Berry, her mother Doris Carol Oakes, her stepmother Ann Bates, and her sister Dana Stockton. She is preceded in death by her father Arthur Bates, her stepfather James Oakes, and her brother Leroy Bates. Brenda's memorial service will be held at 2 PM Eastern Time on January 23, 2021, and can be livestreamed on Facebook at or on YouTube at

Memorial donations in her name can be sent to Hospice of Cincinnati and the Miami Hamilton Conservatory Fund