Brenda Thomas-Morris
Brenda Thomas-Morris, killed allegedly by her husband

Woman with ‘infectious smile’ survived breast cancer only to be killed, allegedly by husband

GONZALES — Brenda Thomas-Morris is being described as a woman with “warmth, talent, and that unforgettable, infectious smile.”

Sean Morris, arrested for wife’s murder
Sean Morris, arrested for wife’s murder

Brenda Thomas-Morris, 44, of Gonzales, was shot and killed, allegedly at the hands of her own husband, Sean Morris, 50. Ascension Parish Deputies responded to their home around 7:30 p.m. on Garcon Rd. in Gonzales and found the wife dead from a gunshot wound.

Officials say their investigation so far reveals the two got into an argument that led up to the husband allegedly shooting and killing Morris. He has since been arrested for the crime.

Brenda Thomas-Morris was head cook at Lamendola’s Supermarket

For 13 years, Brenda dedicated her talent to the Lamendola’s Supermarket in Gonzales.

“It is with profound sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the passing of our dear Brenda Thomas-Morris. For over 13 years, Brenda served as the head cook in our deli, gracing Lamendola’s Supermarket with her warmth, talent, and that unforgettable, infectious smile,” wrote the supermarket in a Facebook post.

Brenda Thomas-Morris
Brenda Thomas-Morris, killed allegedly by her husband (Photo Courtesy: Lamendola’s Supermarket)

The 44-year-old was a breast cancer survivor and returned to her job as head cook. There, she became family, rather than colleagues, with her co-workers.

“She inspired us all with her resilience and unwavering positivity. Her laughter and love filled our store, creating a sense of community and joy that will be irreplaceably missed. Words cannot express how much Brenda meant to us and how deeply she will be missed,” read the social media post.

‘She was one of a kind’

Vicki Vargas is a loyal customer at the supermarket. She says one of the best parts about shopping at the store was Brenda Thomas-Morris.

“She was a deli worker, and I don’t mean that in a disrespectful manner. It wasn’t no big job that she worked. She cooked in a deli but to have touched that many people strictly because you were loving and kind to people. She really didn’t realize the abundance of people that she touched. She greeted people with this big, huge smile. I mean, she made a huge impact. Pretty much the entire community is heartbroken,” said Vargas.

Vargas recalls how a local cheer studio’s owner in Gonzales would call Mrs. Brenda and she would especially make to-go lunches catered to their likings, such as something very healthy.

“She did the extra thing, just things like that. She was just a phenomenal person. And look, I strictly knew her from going in there, and she worked behind the counter. Everybody just loved her and she deserves the light to be shined upon the person she was. She was a one of a kind. She made a huge impact on a community based on love and kindness. “

Vargas remembers her last meal with Mrs. Brenda. She said it was steak.

“When I went in there, she saw us coming in, and she said she knew it was me and my son. I have a son with special needs, and she said, ‘I’m going to hook y’all up. I’m going to make sure this is done just like you like it.’ She just knew her customers. She knew her returning customers. And really, I say returning but she treated me like that from the first day when I went in there,” said Vargas.

Vargas says several of the Gonzales Police officers would go to the supermarket daily for lunch with Brenda greeting them with her infectious smile.

“As police officers, we witness some of the worst acts of society and when it takes a member of our community, that so many of us knew and interacted with on a daily basis, it hits home, hard,” said Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson.

“Brenda was a friend and light to so many. That her heart, smile, and generosity were violently and needlessly taken from those who cared for her, is beyond words. All of us a GPD extend her family and loved ones our deepest condolences. Know that we grieve with you,” Chief Jackson added.

At this time, no donation has been set up for Brenda Thomas-Morris.

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