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Brenda Cornforth


No services are being planned for Brenda Cornforth, age 60 of Gardnerville who died Monday, Aug. 30 at Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

Mrs. Cornforth was born April 20, 1944, in Chelmsford, Essex, England. She was the second of three daughters of Christopher and Marion Preston.

Mrs. Cornforth met and married Harold T. Cornforth of Winnemucca, Nev.. They wed Feb. 2 1963, in Chelmsford, England.

Brenda is survived by her husband, a son Sean C Cornforth, his wife Malinda and their three boys Mitchell, Blake, and Aiden; and daughter, Debra Lea Soares, her husband Shane and their two children Joshua and Paige.

Mrs. Cornforth lived in Gardnerville since 1980. She was a devoted volunteer at the Coventry Cross Thrift Shop for over 20 years and enjoyed meeting the people there. She also enjoyed gardening, traveling with friends and being with her family. Brenda became a U. S. citizen on May 1, 1992.

At her request, there will be no service and in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations by made in Brenda’s name to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, 3040 Explorer Dr. Suite 1, Sacramento, CA 95827.

Elwood Wyatt


Funeral Services will take place, 11 a.m. Saturday at Walton’s Chapel of the Valley in Carson City for 71 year old Elwood Wyatt who died Aug. 31, 2004, at his home in Gardnerville.

Born Oct. 13, 1932, to Evan and Frieda Smokey Wyatt in Dresslerville, Mr. Wyatt was a life long resident of Gardnerville. He attended Stewart Indian High School in Carson City, where he played in the band, was on the high school boxing team, excelled in football and was inducted in the Indian Hall of Fame in sports.

He married Caroline Arcle at the Stewart Baptist Church in Carson City.

Mr. Wyatt was employed by the federal government as an engineer for 27 years, retiring in 1993. He earned many recognition awards for his expertise in the forestry field while working for the U.S. Forest Service. He coached girls fastpitch softball and women’s basketball and was awarded outstanding coach of the year by 16 teams in 1972. He was awarded donor of the year for his work with numerous national humanitarian organizations in 2002.

He was preceded in death by two of his sons, Kevin Wyatt in 1975 and Bruce Wyatt in 1979.

Mr. Wyatt is survived by his wife Caroline of Gardnerville, four sons, Arlen, Wendell and Alvin of Gardnerville and Vincent of Reno.

He is also survived by five daughters, Leda of Ft. Bidwell, Calif. Myra of Reno, Leah Davis of Alturas, Calif., Roselle and Ronna Sandoval of Carson City, as well as four sisters, Florine Conway, Julie Barr, Kay Simpson and Denise Pitts, all of Gardnerville. He had 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mr. Wyatt was a Jehovah’s Witness and a member of Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witness Church in Gardnerville.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of Walton’s Douglas County Mortuary in Minden with burial to take place at the Stewart Indian Cemetery in Carson City.