Eugenia M. Brennan

Nov 30, 1918 – Jul 30, 2014


Eugenia (Gege) Purdy Chevigny Brennan

Passed away peacefully Wednesday July 30th surrounded by family in her granddaughter Genny Mills home. She had recently suffered a stroke. 

Gege is predeceased by her fiancé Jack Chevigny, USMC, and husbands Dr Julius Chevigny and Jack Brennan as well as sons’ Julius Chevigny and Tom Chevigny. Her brother George Purdy, SJ, passed after more than 50 years serving parishes throughout the Northwest. 

She was full of life and had a very fortunate 95 years: Gege was a Seattle native and a 1935 graduate of Forest Ridge. She was a member of the “7 Joys”, classmates she was close to her entire life.  She was a 1939 graduate of the Sacred Heart College, Lone Mt. (USF) in San Francisco, CA. 

She moved from Seattle to Indiana after the war and had a beautiful and fulfilling life raising a family of 8 with husband Julius.  The family were members of Holy Angeles Cathedral.  After Julius’s death, Gege relocated to Seattle in 1962. She later met and married Jack Brennan in 1968 and spent 20 wonderful years together on Capitol Hill and Leschi.  They were members of St Josephs and Mount Virgin parishes. 

Gege was an active supporter of Forest Ridge, Children of Mary, Seattle University, Mount Virgin Parish, Regina House, Mercy and Providence Hospitals and a lifetime member of the Seattle Tennis Club. 

Gege is succeeded by her children and stepchildren, 22 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren, each of whom brought her tremendous joy. Her biggest love was her family: Jack (Babs) Munster, Ind, Peggy (Dick) Hanson, Glendale, AZ, Rosemary (Bill) Fountain, Cornelius, NC., Gege (Tom) Beck, Glendale, AZ, George, Seattle, WA , Jim, Anchorage, AK, Cathy (Denny) Brennan Doran , Michael Brennan and Becky (Dick) Brennan Greaves.

  Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at St. James Cathedral followed by a reception at St. James. 

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Laura Chevigny Horton
Valparaiso, In
Aug 7, 2014

She was a kind and generous lady. So interesting to talk to and great memories of trips to Seattle. Rest in peace! Love and prayers ,Laura

Margaret Chevigny Nelson
La Grange, Il
Aug 6, 2014

What a beautiful life and person. Grandma was so loving and generous to so many people throughout the course of her life. She embraced every joy and challenge with such strength and integrity. We were so blessed to have her in our lives. I have such fond memories of her and wonderful family times.

Is comforting to know that she is with the loved ones who have preceeded her; may she and they enjoy the blessings of eternal life.

Love and prayers and hugs, Margaret, Rick, Jon, Joey, Julianne and Phil

Mike Chevigny
Indianapolis, IN
Aug 6, 2014

She lived wisely. So she is on to her great next adventure in peace!

Much love!

Jules Chevigny
Indianapolis, IN
Aug 5, 2014

God Bless Grandma. God Bless the whole family. Prayers and blessings from Jules and Sonya.

Helen Donnelly Goehring
Seattle, WA
Aug 4, 2014

It was such a joy knowing Gege in her latter years as a neighbor at Panorama House, Horizon House, through the Children of Mary and as a fellow parishioner a St. James Cat hedral. She was a devout Catholic, a true follower of the Religious of the Sacred Heart and a joy to be around. She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.


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