At a peak in her career at Pepsi-North America, Brenda Barnes dropped out.
When she returned to the work world, it was to be president of Sara Lee.
Then, again life intervened. In 2010 she had a massive stroke.
Her will to live drove her to learn again how to master the fundamentals of life such as showering and walking. Her daughter Erin, following her mother's model, backed off from a job at Campbell to help Brenda recover.
On Sunday, during her sleep, Brenda suffered another massive stroke. At the hospital, her children surrounded her. She died at age 63.
Among her many lessons was that life is not all-business. Yet, the return on investment that she made in her family paid off. They were there for her until the end.
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