Rena Angela Croft, 80, of Pocatello, passed away at home Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, surrounded by her children following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Aug. 23, 1928, the daughter of Raymond Hugh Sr. and Alice E. (Wheelock) Vezina in Auburn, Wyo. As a child, she moved around with her father who worked construction. She lived in Leadore, St. Anthony, Phillipsburg, Mont., and Island Park, but most of her life in Pocatello.
Rena married A. Carl Croft on Aug. 7, 1948, in Idaho Falls. They were married 60 years. Carl passed away Feb. 10, 2008. Together they were blessed with five children, Donna, Carl Jr., Lesli, Carol and Harvey who were all raised in Pocatello. Carl met Rena Vezina when she was working as a car hop at a local drive-in. She worked in food services at various businesses in Pocatello. The focus of her life was her family. She enjoyed camping, traveling, reading and playing cards with her friends. Rena was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She is survived by her children, Donna Poole of Mesa, Ariz., Lesli Christofferson of Idaho Falls, Carol (Steve) Ore of Vancouver, Wash., and Harvey (Ronda) Croft of Pocatello; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; siblings, Marquetta (Jim Smith) Vezina and Raymond (Sandy) Vezina. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Croft; a son, Carl Croft Jr.; parents, Raymond and Alice Vezina; and siblings, Aloha Clark and Robert Vezina.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. Fourth Ave. in Pocatello. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. LaVonne Mills and Rod Johnson and Shane and the rest of the staff at Idaho Home Health and Hospice. In Rena's memory, friends may make contributions to the Idaho Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 8538, Boise, ID 83704. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.colonialfuneralhome.com.