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Brenda (Clark) Hovey

January 7, 2019

Brenda Hovey, age 52, a life-long resident of Norwalk died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday afternoon, January 7, 2019 at her home.

A visitation with the family will be Thursday, January 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Celebration of Life Service on Friday, January 11th at 1 p.m. at O'Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk.  Burial will be in the Webb Cemetery, rural Norwalk.  For on-line condolences and to send flowers please click the "send tributes/flowers" tab on this screen or call (515) 981-0700.

Brenda's Life Story

Brenda Jo Hovey, the daughter of Wayne Hamaker and Peggy Marie (Miller) Clark, was born March 7, 1966 in Des Moines, Iowa.  Brenda grew up on a farm just north of Norwalk in Des Moines and graduated from Lincoln High School with the Class of 1984.  At Lincoln Brenda played the violin with the orchestra and the trombone with the band, one year traveling to Hawaii with the marching band.  She attended two years at Iowa State and two years at Drake University graduating with a degree in Journalism and Communications.  Brenda met her future husband, Jeff Hovey, while working at Allied Insurance in 1990.  They were married on October 17, 1992 at the Fort Des Moines United Methodist Church .  Together they had three children; identical twin boys, Ryan and Justin; and a daughter, Marit.    Brenda continued to work until their sons were born.  Following this she worked mostly at home with part-time jobs including mediation and in-home daycare.  For the last 13 years Brenda worked as the business manager for the Norwalk Superstars dance studio. 

Brenda enjoyed working in her vegetable garden, canning tomatoes and making pickles.  She also raised chickens; selling their eggs to close friends and family.  Brenda loved her family, especially her parents; brother, Timothy; her “surrogate mother”, Aunt Sheryl; husband and kids.  Brenda was very supportive of the kid’s activities including dance, band and twirling.

On Monday afternoon, January 7, 2019 Brenda died peacefully at home surrounded by her family.  She lived 52 years and 10 months.  Brenda was preceded in death by grandparents. 

She is survived by her husband, Jeff and their three children, Ryan, Justin and Marit all of Norwalk; her parents, Wayne and Peggy Clark of New Virginia; a brother Tim (Penny) Clark and their son, Austin of New Virginia; Jeff’s parents, Ron and Karon Hovey of Cresco; and his siblings, Melissa Foley, Pam Perry, and Greg Hovey.


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