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Renae Owens Theabold

06/12/1938 - 09/21/2015
Service Date: 09/26/2015
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2300 W. Javelina Rd., Mesa, AZ

Renae Owens Theabold, 77 of Mesa, passed away in the quiet early hours of Monday, September 21st. Renae was born on June 12, 1938 in Show Low AZ and LOVED being a Show Low girl! She was the 12th child of Almon David and Alta Ellsworth Owens. Currently survived by 3 of 11 siblings-Moylen Owens of Show Low, AZ. Duane Owens of Ojai, CA. and LaPriel Gillespie of Taylor AZ. She attended grade school in Show Low and graduated from Snowflake High School in 1955. Renae wore the title of youngest with great honor and felt a bond not only with her siblings but with her nieces and nephews-many of whom were close in age to her!

In November of 1956, Renae married her favorite guy Harry Theabold in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple. The two ventured out on their own, settling in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and finally Mesa, AZ, where they have been living for the past 40 years. Married just short of 59 years, Renae is survived by her husband (and still her favorite guy) Harry Theabold. The two of them raised 6 children-Each one said to be Renae’s favorite! Monica Kivett (now deceased)Stan Kivett,  Shaunna Krieg (Doug) of Mesa, Kim Carroll of Mesa, Rhonda Johnson (Jeff) of San Tan Valley, Justin Theabold (Melanie) of San Tan Valley and Brandon Theabold (Jennifer) of San Tan Valley. From those 6 children they have 34 grandchildren, 11 step grandchildren. and 36 great grandchildren! Each grandchild knew for certain they were their “Grannie’s” favorite. If you were with Renae-you were the only one in the room. She had a way of bringing laughter and joy and silliness into any situation. She was quick witted and loved by all. She worked 25 years as a food server at Marie Callender’s. Just recently, until becoming ill, Renae has worked at Costco being the cutest food sample lady with a following of customers seeking out her trademark yell of “Oh Yum”!

Renae delighted in her family and was the epitome and definition of a devoted wife, loving mother, nurturing grandparent, and loyal friend. Renae was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many different callings over the years from Primary President to Relief Society Counselor. Most recently Renae was the Greeter on Sundays and a Visiting Teacher.

A viewing for Renae will be 6-8:00 p.m. Friday, September 25th, Bunker’s Mortuary, 3529 E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85213.  Funeral services will be Saturday, September 26th at 10:00 with a family viewing at 9:00 a.m. at the Los Altos Ward LDS Chapel, 2300 W. Javelina, Mesa, AZ 85202. Internment will follow at the Mesa City Cemetery.



  • Shawn & Dana Owens

    Aunt Renae is and always will be one of our favorite people. Her happy smile, her warm hugs and the way she made us feel like her closest family and best friend will always be remembered. We can only imagine how happy our family on the other side is to have her with them.
    We can’t ever think about Aunt Renae without thinking of her with Uncle Lucky. Our hearts are heavy as we are not able to be at the funeral services. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    ~ Shawn & Dana Owens

  • Aunt Renae was always a favorite aunt of mine who will always be remembered for her laugh and great attitude. She had a way of always making you smile and feel good about life. She will surely be missed and always remembered.

  • Diane and Mike Knickerbocker

    Renae was such a sweet lady. I never remember seeing her without a smile on her face. She was a joy to all. Most of all I remember her for the special friendship she had with my mom, Nancy ( Bedabeck) Metzler. They made each other laugh and laugh. Maybe she is mowing the courtyards of Jesus’ palace. I was told she had plans of starting a lawn mowing buisness when she turned 80. Our condolences to the family and to all her many friends. She will certainly be missed. God Bless

  • Jeff and Linda Pickles

    Jeff and I just wanted to extend our condolences to the family, and especially to Shaunna and Doug Krieg and family. This sweet mom must have been wonderful to have raised such an amazing daughter like Shaunna. I would imagine Shaunna is just like her mom, and for that we are grateful. We sincerely pray the Lord’s sweetest blessings will be with the family to comfort them and help them during this difficult time. Lots of love to all of you!

  • Was so sad to hear that Renae had passed away. She was a special spirit. We went to school together in Snowflake. She was always happy and lots of fun. We had great times together. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Our hearts are with Uncle Lucky today. The many miles and mom’s(Pearl) health will keep us from being with you but we so dearly love and will miss”Aunt Nazie”. We can almost hear our dad (Seth) and the rest of her siblings squealing with joy at their reunion. We send our deepest sympathy and love to your family at the loss of this precious lady.

  • Shelia Hatch Hall

    SO Sorry to hear of the passing of Renae . She was always the life of the party , we had some good times together on trips we took for the orchestra at Snowflake High , good memories , my the Lord’s blessing be with you and comfort you .

  • Larry & Jan Bray (Tiffs parents)

    Shauna & Doug…..So VERY SORRY to be told that saddest of news, that our biggest enemy, death, has again taken someone so dearly loved! We didn’t get to know your mom well, but the few events where we simply crossed paths her personality left a lasting impression! We are anxiously awaiting the day when God acts to bring an end to death & the deep pain it causes. We sorrow with you & hope in some way that can be of even a small amount of comfort. Love Larry & Jan

  • Cyndie Davis Taylor

    My heart is breaking! I loved Renae so much! She and Lucky were our favorites from childhood! She was always so sweet and kind to everyone! We send our deepest sympathy and pray that the Lord will bless you and bring you peace!

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