Brenda C. (DeBettencourt) Frederick, a resident of The Highlands in Fitchburg, died on April 29. She was 79.

Brenda was born in Oak Bluffs on Feb. 6, 1941. She was a daughter of the late John and Marion (Pachico) DeBettencourt.

Brenda graduated from the Oak Bluffs High School and the Butera School of Art in Boston. Her love of art continued long after graduation as she enjoyed drawing and painting in her spare time.

A former resident of Westford for over 25 years, Brenda was employed as a bus driver for the Westford School System.

Growing up on Martha’s Vineyard, she enjoyed spending time at the beach collecting sea glass to add to her extensive collection. She had a love of animals, especially for her dogs.

Brenda’s greatest joy was time spent with her grandchildren. She could always be counted on to cheer them on at a sporting event or extracurricular activity.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Gregory and Kelly Frederick of Townsend, and Jill and Ronald Overko of Hampstead, N.H.; a sister, Gaynell Downs of South Hadley; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by six siblings.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date. Donations in Brenda’s name may be made to the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, PO Box 1829, 1 Pennywise Path, Edgartown, MA 02539. For condolences, visit