Charla Kae Whitton Brett
August 12, 1966 — March 31, 2018
Charla passed away peacefully, March 31, in Kaufman, Texas, where she was surrounded by her loving family. Charla is survived by her husband of 25 years, James Brett, her two sons Kyle (17), Connor (14); her parents, Charles and Rose Whitton, of Friendswood, TX; her sister, Stefni W. Lotief, of Lafayette, Louisiana; her sister in law, Joella Robinson, of Houston, TX. Charla is also survived by her long-time friend and caregiver, Jan McLeroy, whom Charla met during her banking career at Wells Fargo. Charla was predeceased by her mother and father in law, Joe and Lorraine Robinson, of Cleburne, TX; her grandmothers, Daisy Whitton, of Friendswood, TX; and Aline Fontenot of Sulphur, LA. Charla graduated from Friendswood High School and attended Sam Houston State University, where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. There she met and fell in love with her husband, James Brett. On June 19, 1992, in Maui, Hawaii, she married James: her soulmate, best friend, and the love of her life. Their shared devotion to each other and to their sons, Kyle and Connor, was the epicenter of their lives. Charla was a devoted mother. She was a radiant and beautiful bride and their wedding pictures were always proudly displayed in their home. Charla and James always had a home filled with laughter and love, good times, good conversation, good friends, and good food. No matter what was going on, and no matter how busy things got, Charla always gave big hugs, big smiles, and kind hopeful words to all.The Brett family created a warm and loving home. Charla instilled the values of love, compassion and empathy for others in her boys. She also taught them how to battle and compete. She was frequently on the sidelines, in the bleachers, or in the Booster Club trailer cheering with pride for “all” her boys. Charla’s legacy will live on through her sons as they strive to excel in school, sports, and life.Charla’s strength and character were revealed again in her final battle with stage four colon cancer. Although the odds were stacked against her, she refused to quit or become bitter; in fact, she became more patient, more determined, more resolved, and even more loving and appreciative of life. She battled up until the day she passed. It was Charla’s final lesson to her boys: never quit; never give up!The Brett family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Kaufman Presbyterian Hospital and Dallas Presbyterian Hospital. During the course of her illness, Charla received care from a small army of selfless professionals at these two institutions. To a person, they were knowledgeable, loving, empathetic and dedicated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.The family would also like to tell the world how blessed they are to have found the Crandall/Kaufman community ten years ago and built their lives in such a welcoming environment. To our family, friends, neighbors, community members, teachers, coaches and clergy; we wish to express our deepest, most heartfelt gratitude. We want you all to know how profoundly grateful we are for your love, friendship, prayers and support.The memorial service will be Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 4:00 P.M. at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home: 2217 South Washington, Kaufman, TX, 75142. The service will be preceded by a viewing from 2:00 P.M. until the time of the service.We are thankful to God for the blessing of having Charla in our lives. We will celebrate her life and look forward to the promise of Easter, when we will meet again and receive another one of her glorious hugs. Charla will be deeply missed but forever loved and cherished. She embraced every day with laughter, love and selfless devotion to her family. In lieu of flowers the family request that you make a donation to the charity of your choice in her name.