Renae Gardner passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.
Renae was born Dec. 16, 1952, to her loving parents, Ross and Erma Gardner. She was the "baby" of a family of four brothers and one sister, so was always surrounded by a lot of family. She enjoyed all the family gatherings and was always ready to entertain everyone with a song. She loved to sing and could carry a tune like an angel.
When she was 10, she moved with her family to Quincy, Wash., so her father could farm there. She loved the "sing-a-longs" the family had almost every Saturday night. She would sing and dance for everyone, always making everyone laugh.
In 1978, she moved back to Teton City with her folks, and later moved to Nampa to be close to her mother.
She loved living with her roommate, Karen Brock, while in Nampa. They became very close friends and did almost everything together. Renae enjoyed competing in Special Olympics, bowling, watching movies and many other activities with Karen. They had fun teasing the staff who took care of them and would often be "partners in crime" to stay out of trouble.
Renae has been in the care of very special people all the years she has lived in Nampa and the family extends their deepest gratitude for everything they have done for her all of these years. She couldn't have gotten better care.
Renae was preceded in death by her mother and father.
She is survived by her brothers, Dahlan Gardner of Teton City, Idaho, Kenneth (Linda) Gardner and Loren (Marge) Gardner, both of St. Anthony, and Keven (Sandy) Gardner of Quincy, Wash.; one sister, Gayla (Skip) Kellogg of Eagle, Idaho; and many nieces and nephews.
The family extends a very special thank you to Journeys Hospice in Nampa for their magnificent care and concern in these last few months of Renae's life.
A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Bidwell Funeral Home in St. Anthony, followed by a graveside funeral service at 2 p.m. at Teton-Newdale Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel.
An online guestbook may be signed at www .nampafuneral home.com.