Prudence Irwin-Brennan died peacefully on June 27, 2023. She was 80 years old.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Brennan, her parents, George & Dorothea Irwin, a brother, Jerry Irwin, and her favorite cousins, George & Marlene Eib.
Between her family garden, helping her grandmothers garden and preserve food, and helping her grandfather, Harry Eib, the City Florist, pull weeds in all the flower beds in Kansas City, especially around the roses in Loose Park, Prudence had a life-long love of gardening. Food or flowers, it didn’t matter to Prudence as much as being outside barefoot and wrist deep in the dirt. For many years she could be found at the Kansas City Garden Club’s Annual plant sale, near 99th & Holmes, always in motion, happy to help.
Her membership in Daughters of the American Revolution, allowed her the honor of making and serving cookies at many Naturalization Ceremonies for our country’s newest citizens. She was proud of them for the work they undertook to be a part of this great nation.
Prudence was known for charitable works through her Eastern Star chapter, Swope Park #520, for over 25 years. Her years as Chaplain brought her the most pleasure. She enjoyed fellowship and friendship with her Masonic Sisters and Brothers.
Prudence’s faith through the Disciples of Christ denomination, most recently, worshipping as a member of Country Club Christian Church, sustained her throughout her life. She was generous to a fault, many times taking care of someone else’s needs over her own. She would bake cakes to help with the church’s efforts to support MICAH Ministry meals at Independence Boulevard Christian Church.Prudence was a good “worker bee” and if you needed to find her at most any gathering, you only had to look in the kitchen. She usually stood at the sink washing dishes and helping to keep things tidy.
She is survived by her daughter, Deborah (Larry Alvis) Merrick, her son, Russell (Nancy) Merrick, two granddaughters, a niece, two nephews, many cousins, other extended family members, and a lot of dear friends.
Prudence has finally been reunited with her loving husband, John, in Memorial Park Cemetery, through the services of Park Lawn Funeral Home. Private services for family and close friends will occur at a later date.
Memorials may be sent to Country Club Christian Church, 6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64113.