obBrenda Stephens Maman Brenda Stephens Maman passed away peacefully at home on February 27, 2015. She was born on July 9, 1961 in Philadelphia, P.A. as the youngest child of the late Minnie Belle and Paul Henry Stephens. Brenda came of age in Philadelphia during the 1970s, graduating from the prestigious J. R. Masterman High School in 1979 before continuing on to Temple University. In the early 90's she met her eventual husband, Jean-Paul "J.P." Maman. The two were married on her 33rd birthday in an intimate, ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of their home in Hopewell, New Jersey. The couple resided in Hopewell Valley for over 2 decades, and in the course of their 20 year marriage raised three children - Caz, Paul, and Mazeratie. Throughout her life Brenda maintained a thirst for knowledge and fascination with the human psyche. She was an avid reader, particularly of mysteries and true crime novels. Those who met her often remembered her for her bright eyes, trademark red lipstick and wide smile. Brenda enjoyed games of skill like Billiards and Pinochle. In later years she preferred to stay in, curling up in a recliner with a good book, listening to her favorite music or experimenting with a new recipe. She was also an animal lover, with many a stray over the years finding a home under her roof, and known for nursing plants back to health. . Her own personal struggles made her sympathetic towards those with similar burdens and it was often through them that she was able to relate to others. Brenda was a devoted wife, mother and sister. She is survived by her children: Caz Etien Maman, Paul Javar Stephens and Mazeratie Stephens-Sweet of Scottsdale, A.Z., and also, her husband, Jean-Paul Maman. Her brother, Anthony Stephens passed in 2009. She leaves to mourn four sisters: Diana M. Stephens of Salisbury, N.C., Henrietta Stephens and Nancy Faulkner, both of Philadelphia, P.A., and Pauline Favor of Decatur, G.A. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Blackwell Memorial Home, 21 N Main St, Pennington, NJ 08534. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton House Women's Program by phone via 609-252-8710 or by check Princeton HealthCare System Foundation 3626 U.S. Route 1 Princeton, NJ 08540. Please make your check payable to Princeton HealthCare System Foundation and specify program.
5:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2015
Blackwell Memorial Home
21 North Main Street
4:00 p.m., Friday, March 6 , 2015
Blackwell Memorial Home