Renee Moore Miller, 71, of Brentwood, CA, died of pneumonia on April 5, 2020 at the Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, CA.
Renee was born on December 15, 1948 in the Minden, LA Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Gene Moore and Sherrell Moore.
Renee spent much of her early life in Homer, LA, where she enjoyed playing with her beloved cousins, Roslyn Williams and Ed Foster. She lived briefly in Haynesville, LA, before moving to Haughton, LA. Renee entered LA Tech University in September 1966 where she met Becky Dowling, whom she knew from her time in Haynesville. Becky helped orchestrate a date between her first cousin, Tom Miller, and Renee at mid-term of their freshman year. There was an instant connection. While they were dating during their second semester, Renee won the Miss Claiborne Parish pageant and competed in the Miss Louisiana Pageant. Tom and Renee became engaged in December 1967 and married on January 19, 1969.
Tom and Renee continued their education at Northeast Louisiana University, where Renee graduated with a degree in Home Economics in January 1970. Her first job was at West Monroe High School, where she worked until Tom finished his MBA work in August 1972. They moved to Covington, LA, where Renee taught school, and Tom began a career with South Central Bell.
Tom was transferred to Birmingham in July 1974, where he worked for BellSouth until his retirement in April 2000. Renee taught Home Economics at West End High School and Homewood Middle School. During this time period, they had two sons, Kevin, born in 1975 and Christopher, born in 1979. When Homewood decided to drop its Home Ec program, Renee obtained an Early Childhood certification from UAB and taught reading in kindergarten and first and second grades at Shades Cahaba Elementary School until her retirement in May 2008. In December 2008, Tom and Renee moved to Discovery Bay, CA, to be near Kevin and his family. In April 2014, they moved to nearby Brentwood CA. Renee was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow in 2015. She bravely fought this disease for five years, before succumbing to pneumonia, a common complication associated with multiple myeloma.
Renee loved gardening, photography, reading, and, of course, her dogs. She was also an excellent cook. Her favorite memories were of times spent with family, especially her adorable grandsons and beloved sons. She loved the South and was the quintessential Southern lady.
Renee is survived by her husband of 51 years (Tom), her son (Kevin and his wife, Casey) and two grandsons (Christopher and Matthew) all of Menlo Park, CA, son (Christopher and his fiancé, Peyton) of Washington D.C., and brother (Howard Moore and his wife, Judy) of Haughton, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents (Gene and Sherrell Moore) and her grandparents (Warren and Jewell Moore, and DeWitt and Louellon Harris).
Following the guidelines for the “shelter in place” directive, there will be a brief service for Renee at Higgins Chapel in Antioch at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. She will be buried in the Old Town Cemetery in Haynesville, LA, where a graveside service will be held. Once the “shelter in place” directive has been lifted, a memorial service for friends and family will be scheduled to celebrate her life.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to UCSF Stephen and Nancy Grand Multiple Myeloma Translational Initiative, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339 or Brentwood Community United Methodist Church, 809 Second St, Brentwood CA 94513.
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UCSF Stephen and Nancy Grand Multiple Myeloma Translational Initiative
P.O. Box 45339, San francisco CA 94145
Brentwood Community United Methodist Church
809 Second St, Brentwood CA 94513