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Brenda Johnson

January 14, 1967 — April 21, 2020


After a long battle with cancer, Brenda Gail (Cooper) Johnson, 53, of Odessa, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at her home in Odessa, Texas.

Visitation for Mrs. Johnson are from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday April 30, 2020 at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Reverend Darren Willis officiating; with interment to immediately follow at Ector County Cemetery, Odessa II Section. Due to the current health crisis, only immediate family will be allowed to attend the service.

Brenda was born on January 14, 1967 to Jonathan Cooper and Ruby (Johnson) Miles in Odessa Texas.  She grew up in a loving family with three sisters and in a neighborhood with numerous great friends to run, play, and visit with. Brenda accepted Christ at a very young age and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church until her health declined.

She completed her general education in ECISD in Odessa, Texas. She attended college at Langston University in Oklahoma and received her bachelor's in technology. Brenda was a military veteran who served in the National Guard and Job Corp. She also went back to school to receive an accounting certification. Brenda married Rancell Johnson on February 22, 2014. Brenda was a driven Christian and professional; she loved God, family, and friends.

When diagnosed with breast cancer, she remained dedicated in her work and in her will to fight her illness. She not once complained.  She was beautiful, funny, intelligent, and kind. One of her favorite sayings was “let me find out.”  She trusted God, and remained brave and strong, even throughout her final months. Brenda’s zeal, love, laughs, smiles, lipstick kisses on the cheek and hugs will always be remembered but greatly missed!

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Johnnie B. Shelton; paternal grandfather, Marvin Cooper; father, Jonathan Cooper; stepfather, L.V. Miles; maternal grandfather, Roland Johnson; and maternal grandmother, Lula Mae Johnson.

Brenda is survived by her loving husband, Rancell Johnson; daughter, Bre’Ana Cooper; stepchildren, Tristan Johnson and Thalia Johnson; mother, Ruby Miles; sisters, Jeanette Murry, Jennifer Cooper Eleby (Richard) Jonatha Stock (Robert);  brother, Bryace Jones; stepbrother, James Miles; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family of Brenda Gail Johnson would like to thank Hospice; Julie at Dr. Khandelwal’s office; MCH (3rd and 5th floor); special friends, the Mata’s, Kara and Dan Dorethy, Ginger Stennett.

Arrangements for Brenda are entrusted to Martinez Funeral Home & Crematory.  To send the family condolences pleas sight her guestbook at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Martinez Funeral Home Chapel

1040 S Dixie Blvd, Odessa, TX 79761

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Funeral Service

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

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Interment following funeral service

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Ector County Cemetery - Odessa II Section

S Muskingum Ave, Odessa, TX 79761

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