Brenda Carol Baxley, 70, of Cataumet died at home on June 24. She had lived with Alzheimer’s disease for the last six years.
She was the wife of 50 years of Grover G. Baxley.
The daughter of Bertrand and Barbara Hamel, she was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and spent her early years living in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where she developed her lifelong love of the Spanish language and culture. Her family subsequently moved to Naples, Italy, where she attended high school.
She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in bilingual education and Spanish. Later, she received a master of science degree in curriculum and instructional Spanish, which included periods of study in Venezuela, Spain and Honduras.
Ms. Baxley spent a total of 17 years teaching, culminating with teaching AP Spanish at Sandwich High School and being employed by the College Board to grade nationwide AP Spanish exams.
She also hosted and participated in the founding of Cape CARES, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that provides medical relief to the people of Honduras. Ms. Baxley spent 23 years volunteering with Cape CARES as a translator during medical missions.
In addition to her husband, she leaves her children, Grover H. Baxley, Laurent H. Baxley, and Martha B. Zuther; eight grandchildren; a sister, Martha Fisher; two brothers, Robert Hamel and Jason Hamel; and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and also by her sister Laurette H. Wolz.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday, July 6, from 2 to 5 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne.
A funeral Mass will be Wednesday, July 7, at 10 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church, 326 Shore Road in Pocasset.
Burial will be private.