Joan Lopez shared an only sister's bond with Brenda Ann Yetter, 65.
Lopez fondly remembers taking a trip with her sister four years ago.
"We went to California, Reno, Vegas and then to Indiana to visit my daughter," she said.
Yetter liked going to the casinos every day, Lopez recalled, adding she also enjoyed bridge and belonged to the "lunch bunch," a monthly group that relishes tasting varied restaurant meals throughout South Mississippi.
Yetter's youngest son, Clyde Kreeger, who came back from Iraq in March, remembers her as supportive and always willing to give advice.
"She came to Oklahoma (in May) and helped us pick out our house, and she spent a lot of time with our youngest daughter (Elyse)," he said.
Kreeger's wife, Diane, said Brenda found out in July that she had cancer. Diane and Elyse stayed with her through her surgery, and she was undergoing chemotherapy at the time of her death.
"She was a great lady and she loved her three boys," Diane said.