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.