Renae Longknife Durham

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BEAVER CREEK - Renae LaShaye Longknife Durham, 18, a student, died from an accidental gun shot Saturday, June 23, at her home.

Wake services are in progress at her family's ranch on Beaver Creek Road and will continue at 7 p.m. today at Chief Nosey Center in Lodgepole. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the center, with burial next to her beloved grandfather, Leroy Longknife, on the family ranch at Beaver Creek. A memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Milburn Overlook on the San Joaquin River in Fresno, Calif., followed by a gathering at the Durham residence. Kirkwood Funeral Home of Malta is handling arrangements.

Renae LaShaye Longknife Durham was born on Feb. 12, 1994, in Havre, the daughter of Leanna Longknife and Jeremy Durham. She was adopted by her grandparents at seven-months-old and raised on their ranch at Beaver Creek. She went with her grandmother when she was teaching pre-school and kindergarten, where she learned to enjoy reading and learning. Renae enjoyed many long walks with her grandmother learning about nature and different flowers and roots and how they can help a person. She attended the Lodgepole School until after the third grade. Renae moved to Fresno at the age of 8 and attended schools in both the Fresno Unified and Central Unified School Districts. She thoroughly enjoyed the arts and wildlife. She participated in soccer, volleyball, cheer and dance. She loved attending River Camp. Some of her favorite activities included drawing, hiking, camping, ballet dancing, traveling to the ocean with her grandparents and whale watching. She recently graduated from high school and moved from Fresno to Montana, where she was to start college this fall. She will be remembered for her creative spirit and love of nature.

Renae is survived by her parents, Jeremy and Gail Durham of Fresno, and Leanna Longknife Perry of Salt Lake City; her siblings, Alexandra and Matthew Durham of Fresno, Scott "Nieko" Longknife Perry of Beaver Creek and Brady Harms of Virginia; her grandparents, Ruth Longknife of Beaver Creek, Mary Durham of Montana, Micheal Durham of Fresno, Steve and Judy Holtkamp of Fresno and Tom and Carolyn Balmanno of Fresno, as well as a large extended family across the western United States.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on June 27, 2012
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