Alice Renee Stone Smylie January 9, 1963 to July 6, 2012 Alice Renee Stone Smylie died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on July 6, 2012 after a valiant battle against leukemia. Born in Van Nuys, California, the family moved to Corona in 1968, where she spent her formative years. She graduated from Corona High School in 1981. After college, she relocated to San Diego in 1985 to attend graduate school and to pursue her career there. She relocated to Northern California in 2007. From a young age, Renee was an energetic woman with high ideals. She was an accomplished athlete in high school and college, winning awards in both softball and basketball. While attending college she volunteered to help build homes for needy families in Mexico. She also devoted many hours assisting senior citizens locally. She channeled that energy into a successful career as a public servant. After receiving her Masters degree in Social Work at San Diego State University, she spent the next 23 years as a dedicated Social Worker who moved up the ranks to Supervisor and then Manager for the Children's Service Bureau of San Diego County. Prior to her illness, she had moved on to Director of Children's Services in San Mateo and Tulare Counties. Renee was also a trainer of Social Workers through the Southern California Public Child Welfare Training Academy. Renee was an avid animal activist who especially adored her little dachshunds Levi, Sambo and Marley. She found great joy in entertaining friends and family and will be lovingly remembered for her tenacious desire to right wrongs, her vivacious personality and a dimpled smile that melted the hearts of all who were privileged to know her. Renee was preceded in death by her sister Karen and her brother Stanley. She is survived by her parents, Stanley and Alicia Stone; her sisters Cheryl, Shelley, Melissa, and Felicia; and her brothers Sean and Steve. It was Renee's desire that her ashes be spread in her beloved Maui. Bequests may be made to the
to help find a cure for the cruel disease that steals lives and devastates so many.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on July 14, 2012