Brenda Joe Fong
September 20, 1950 - November 1, 2022
Sacramento, California - Brenda Joe Fong was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, and friend. Her caring spirit has left an unforgettable impact on so many. With her immense generosity and kindness, Brenda embodied many roles within the Joe and Fong families. Her energetic charisma allowed her to act as a touchstone between generations, preserving roads through the past while building stories of the present. Brenda's unique spark brought infinite love, warmth, and vitality to her loved ones and all the fortunate people around her. Her greatest strength was being a true people person.
Brenda was born to Peter and Beverly Joe on September 20, 1950, in Sacramento, California. After graduating from McClatchy High School, Brenda went to work for the State of California as an administrative secretary for CalPERS. She met the love of her dreams, Brian Fong (son of Art and Agnes Fong) and they had a son, Daniel. They built a fulfilling life together in Sacramento.
Brenda's genuine zest for life and natural positivity always made her one of the brightest in the room. She loved sharing conversation and laughter with family and friends and was the first to raise her hand to babysit nieces and nephews. She appreciated sharing regular meals with her son, Daniel, and the time they spent with his cat, Bastet. She enjoyed traveling and making new acquaintances. She particularly loved the beauty of Hawaii and the feeling of sand and ocean water over her toes.
With great joy, Brenda devoted a large part of her life to improving the lives of others. She was an active force in numerous community organizations and served as the former President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Chinese American Council of Sacramento. Brenda also acted as a former Board member and volunteer for the Casa Garden Restaurant, which supported the Sacramento Children's Home. She volunteered for the ACC Senior Services, the Sacramento Floral Design Guild, and My Sister's House, which serves women and children impacted by domestic violence.
After the sudden passing of her beloved husband and best friend, Brian Fong in February 2018, Brenda maintained incredible strength in the face of tremendous loss. Her optimistic approach to each day of this new chapter gave her the courage to find joy in herself and the community she cultivated around her. Despite her own recent health problems, she was eager to return to sharing laughter with her friends, family, and neighbors. Her big smile will live on in the hearts of the lives she touched.
Brenda is survived by her son, Daniel Fong; sister, Priscilla Joe; brother, Gerry Joe; brother-in-laws Spencer Fong, Lindsey Fong, Kevin Fong, and Tom Low; sister-in-laws Laura Joe and Diana Fong; best friend June Fong; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. The family would like to acknowledge the loving support and generosity of her team of supporters including Spencer, June, Priscilla, Tom, Kim Pham, and countless other friends and family members.
Brenda lived a full 72 years of life before passing away on November 1st, 2022. A Celebration of Life will be held in January 2023.
Memorial donations would be greatly appreciated to any of the organizations Brenda was devoted to or a charity of your choosing.