RAGSDALE, Brenda Miller
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Brenda Miller Ragsdale died at 71 of ovarian cancer on February 24, 2014 at her home. Born July 15, 1942, in Austell, Georgia, to Quinton C. and Ellen Miller, she attended North Cobb High School in Acworth, Georgia, and Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She enjoyed a very eclectic taste in music and, though petite, played trombone in the high school Dixieland and Concert Bands and briefly in the Wesleyan orchestra. In 1963, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Valedictorian from North Georgia College and University in Dahlonega, Georgia.  On August 3, 1963, Brenda married Jack D. Ragsdale, also a North Georgia graduate and Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Army.  Brenda and Jack have a daughter, Laura, who resides in Opelika, Alabama, and a son, Todd, who resides in Marietta, Georgia.  They also raised their two grandsons, Kiefer and Ethan Ragsdale, who reside in Marietta. For the first seventeen years of their marriage, Brenda and Jack travelled extensively living in Kentucky, Georgia, California, Alabama, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Germany. Brenda enjoyed travelling and making new friends.  She particularly appreciated the opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of the USA and Europe. The old world architecture and great works of art in Europe inspired her.  She studied painting and stained glass design when she lived in Germany.  A self-proclaimed “mediocre” artist, Brenda nonetheless occupied her free time, once her children were in school, painting and designing stain glass lamps, small windows and sun catchers. Once her children were in high school, Brenda seriously began her business career in transportation and logistics companies.  During her thirty-year business career, she worked her way up from Receptionist to Manager of Compensation and Director of Human Resources with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Senior Manager with Mead Packaging and ultimately Senior Vice President for Human Resources of Allied Holdings, Inc., corporate headquarters of a major North American car hauling company.  A born problem solver, Brenda had that unique ability to balance the needs of the employee for a quality work experience with her responsibility to the corporation and shareholders to control cost and avoid risk. Brenda retired from business in 2010 following three years as an executive with a startup shipping container and logistics company Eggs Overnight, Inc.   Retirement gave Brenda the much cherished time to spend at their little beach house on the Florida Gulf coast.  She could walk for miles along the unspoiled beach of Indian Pass, sharing the peace of the moments with the dolphins and other wildlife and her beloved dog Maggie, who was her constant companion after retirement.  Brenda will be remembered for her sense of humor and optimism, her creativity, her drive to be the best at whatever she chose to undertake, her love of nature and beauty, and her love for and devotion to her family and friends.  Her family will also remember her for her consummate inability to ski no matter how many different instructors who tried to teach her. Survivors include her husband Jack, daughter Laura, son Todd, grandsons Kiefer and Ethan, and great granddaughter Peyton;  her brother Larry Miller and his wife Ann, who reside in Flowery Branch, Georgia, their children Angela Hutton and Keith Miller, their spouses and children.  She is also survived by a number of cousins most of whom live in the Atlanta metro area. A celebration of Brenda’s life will be held at a date in the near future.  Brenda’s ashes will be scattered where the dolphins play at their beach home in Indian Pass, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome for Wounded Warriors or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank Brenda’s tireless medical and hospice caregivers for their outstanding help and support.  Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society, Alpharetta (678) 735-5500.

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F. Johnson
March 02, 2014
I worked with Brenda during my 8 months at Eggs Overnight, I liked her immediately and though I was very nervous during the interview she saw past that. I did not know much about her but I can truly say she had a sweet spirit and added to the wonderful dynamic in the office. My condolences to the family.
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