Name: Colleen Meredith Brennan
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
DOD: August 12, 2018
Colleen Meredith Brennan (“Meredith”) passed away in Atlanta, GA, on August 12, 2018, after a long battle with addiction. Meredith was born on February 14, 1975, along with twin sister Stephanie, to Jim Brennan, who worked in sales for IBM, and Terrilee Ebel, a homemaker and artist. Meredith spent her early years in New Orleans where she and siblings Stephanie and Matthew attended St Andrew’s Episcopal School and enjoyed many happy weekends with their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents – running the streets of old Metairie, filling their ice cream bowls to the brim, and watching Love Boat and the Dukes of Hazard with their Mimi after bedtime.
In 1985, Meredith’s family moved to Gulfport, MS, where she attended Bayou View Elementary School and was active in Trinity United Methodist Church. Standing 5’2″ tall, she excelled in gymnastics and held a state record in swimming. Meredith’s family traveled throughout the Southeast for swim meets and enjoyed a particularly memorable cross-country road trip to the Grand Canyon – highlighted by repeats of Journey on the radio and Gone with the Wind and Goonies on the portable VHS.
Meredith was a social butterfly and a friend to all. She was a peace-maker, a people magnet and (too often) the life of the party. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. She was the other half to twin-sister Stephanie and a best friend and ‘cool older sis’ to her brother, Matthew.
Meredith graduated from St. John’s High School in 1993 and attended South Alabama and LSU. With her love for people, food, and all things lemon-flavored, she returned to New Orleans to attend and eventually graduate from the Culinary Institute of New Orleans and work at Commander’s Palace. Around this time, she met the love of her life, Gimicky Gonzalez, with
whom she spent some of her happiest days.
The greatest joy of Meredith’s life was giving birth to her son, Justin, in March 2000. It was obvious to all who knew her that she loved him dearly and was very proud of him.
Meredith is now at peace in God’s loving embrace. She leaves behind a family that grieves for her and for lost chances, including son Justin Brennan of Durham, NC; parents Jim Brennan of Gulfport, MS and Terrilee Ebel of Durham, NC; twin sister Stephanie Lee Brennan of Chattanooga, TN; brother J. Matthew Brennan (Stephanie Ann) of Durham, NC; grandmothers Lillian Brennan of Gulfport, MS and Maribel Ebel of Metairie, LA; and many others who helped to raise and care for her through the years. A private graveside service will be held for family in New Orleans on September 1st.