Rita Jean Renfrow

Services for Rita Jean Kingsbury Renfrow, 73, Lawrence, will be 2pm Saturday, December 5th, streamed live on the Facebook page of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. Attendance at the funeral home will be private.

Mrs. Renfrow died Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar, after a long battle with neuropathy.

She was born November 20, 1946 in Fredonia, Kansas, the daughter of Oliver Lynn and Yola June Cather Kingsbury. She graduated from Fredonia High School in 1946 and attended CNA school as well as Wichita Business College.

Mrs. Renfrow worked as a librarian at Larned State Hospital and then at Southwest Junior High in Lawrence as a library aid.

She married the love of her life David Thomas Renfrow on August 27, 1967 in Fredonia, Kansas. He died January 19, 2005 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Survivors include her daughters, Rhonda Stephen and husband David, Rebecca Weeks and husband Lance; grandchildren, Judson King, Ashton Weeks, Avery Weeks; and her sister, Karen Hull.

She was preceded in death by parents, Oliver and Yola Kingsbury; siblings, Irvine Dean and Evelyn Maxine (who died in childhood), Vera Ramsey, and Vesta Scott.

The family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of your choosing that is special to you.

Mom was all about the little things that matter. And while Covid has thrown a huge wrench in some plans – please reach out to a vulnerable neighbor, keep track of those family members you’ve “been meaning to reach out to”, and just be kind to each other; no matter their beliefs. You may find some common grounds and gain a different perspective.

Messages & Condolences

From Norma (Woods) Hader...

Rita and I were great friends from the 5th grade through high school.
We had such a lot of fun at slumber parties and just running around to gather with our other class mates. She will be missed by all.

From Estella K LISTER...

My heart is crying because of the loss of my cousin, Rita Jean Renfrow. She was a really special person who was much loved. Goodby for now Dear Rita, until we meet again.

From Cindy Dry...

Rita was a wonderful and fun loving friend to all of us. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

From Rebecca B (the other one)...

Rita was one of most loving people and gave one of the best hugs. She had a positive impact on everyone she met. As our lives take us different directions, my family and I will always cherish our memories of the Renfrow family. Love you all and our thoughts and prayers are with you!

From Ron and Alice Keitg...

We loved Rita and love her children. Dave and Rita Becky and Rhonda will always have special place in our hearts. Feel our love and prayers dear friends.

From Terry Rainbolt...

Rita was such a sweet lady. Your parents were so generous. Riding with the whole family to Colorado so many years ago was a trip to remember. Thinking of the family during this difficult time.

From Kathie Robbins Damm...

I am so sorry to hear about Rita.I hope she is at peace now, as I know she didn’t have liked the way she was living. She always had a ready smile and kind words. I really missed her when she wasn’t able to keep up with us on FB. PRAYERS

From Barbara A. Hammond...

To all of Rita’s family I am so very sorry for your loss. Rita was a special friend and lady and had a way of lighting up a room with her smile. May she rest in peace and enjoy bein with Dave once again.

From Sue Kirchgassner...

Rita was one of a kind! Can still hear her whistling and what a sense of humor! Fun lady but her fast driving was a nail biter! Lol Love and virtual hugs for all! ❤️❤️❤️

From Lea Ann...

Hugs and much Love Rebecca and Lance and Rhonda and David. She was such a loving and kind soul and funny! Loved her sense of humor! She will be so missed. ❤

From Theresa Schwartz and Warren Lampe...

Rebecca and Lance, and all the family, we are so very sorry for your sad loss. It’s hard to believe anything could kill someone who I remember as being so vibrantly alive. She was so much fun. Big hugs and love.

From Dru Dougan...

Rita was a very special & unique person! 🥰 My thoughts & prayers are with all of you!

From Janice and Joe...

Rebecca, Lance and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Rita was a very special lady who loved her family dearly. Rita’s laughter and her smiles will always be with us. We so enjoyed the family times we spent with you all over the years. She will be missed.

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