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RENFRO, Patricia Joy (Wagner)

Patricia Joy Renfro, 83, known by many as Mema, of Wethersfield was the devoted and loving wife of the late William Charles Renfro. Pat died on January 3, 2013. She was born in Rushville, NE on November 10, 1929 to Edwin E. Wagner and Marie Louise (Trampe) Wagner. Pat is survived by her four daughters and their families - Lisa Renfro and Jeremy Snow and their children Chloe, William and Andrew; Leslie Renfro and Alex Pihut and their children Terry and Katia; Terran Titus and her daughter Sarah; and Laura Renfro and Dennis Lazor and their children Kelsey and Tess. Pat earned her Bachelor's degree in teaching at the University of Minnesota and subsequently moved to Long Beach, CA to begin her teaching career. Shortly thereafter she began the adventure of a lifetime when she moved to Germany and met her husband of more than 55 years. They were married in Wiesbaden, Germany. Upon their return to the United States they lived in Texas where their daughters were born. The family moved to Corvallis, Oregon where Pat taught elementary school and Bill completed his PhD in Oceanography. Next, the family moved to Monaco where they lived and travelled extensively throughout Europe. Returning to the US, Pat and Bill moved to Wethersfield, CT and Concord, VT where they lived for the rest of their lives. Pat loved her family and friends deeply. She had a contagious laugh and wonderful sense of humor, and loved nothing more than to laugh with friends. She was generous to a fault and loved to share of her time and herself. As an avid gardener, her plants can be found across many gardens throughout the country. She was a loving friend to so very many people of all cultures. Pat and Bill shared the joy and excitement of wanderlust, traveling the globe throughout their lives. Pat was an active member of Center Church, the First Church of Christ in Hartford which she greatly loved. Pat was a compassionate Hospice volunteer and enjoyed working with medical students at the University of Connecticut Medical School. She also loved Dream Lodge on Shadow Lake in Vermont where she surrounded herself with family and friends.
The Memorial Service and Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Center Church 60 Gold Street, Hartford, CT. Donations may be made Elizabeth Park Conservancy, 1561 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117 for a memorial rose bed in her honor.

Published in The Hartford Courant from Jan. 9 to Jan. 13, 2013
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