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Branham, Renie
54 of Glendale, Arizona, passed away peacefully at home on January 12, 2009. She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years Michael; children Christy (Ryan) Arnott of San Diego, CA, Erin (Nick) James of Avondale, AZ, and Michael Jr. of Glendale, AZ; granddaughters Emily and Lainie; and many other family and friends. Renie served 34 years with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in many different positions. She was also a member of the Soroptimist of the Kachinas. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at New Life Community Church, 8155 W. Thunderbird Road Peoria, AZ. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Natalie's House, 14175 W. Indian School Road Suite B-4, #184 Goodyear, AZ 85395 or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 15, 2009.
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March 29, 2009
Renae was a very special person, always smilin. Our daughters were friends when they were younger. Haven't seen the family in a long time. I was very sad to hear of her passing. I am sure you are all missing her very much! God Bless.
Lynn Lantz
March 14, 2009
Renie was a friend in high school. I will always remember her bright blue eyes and contagious laugh. She was a positive, caring soul whose friendship meant a lot. We saw one another only a few times over the years but she has always stayed in my heart. My sincere sympathy goes out to her loved ones as I know what a wonderful person they have lost.
sherry eskue hynes
February 19, 2009
It's been a month and a week. All I can say, is I miss you, and I love you. Thank you for everything you have done for me. You taught me way more than not wearing open toed shoes to an interview, red lipstick is not teenager appropriate, black never goes out of style and most importantly, how to be a mom. We sure do miss you
February 12, 2009
In memory of Renie Lingenfelter Branham -- a lovely wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend…

The services on January 17, 2009, were beautiful. I felt so privileged to have been there. Everything -- including the pictures, the individuals who spoke, the music (the “oldies” and the live performances), the MCSO honor guard -- made for a very respectful and affectionate tribute to a wonderful woman. What an amazing life to celebrate! As evidenced by the large number of people in attendance, Renie touched many lives. We came together in sorrow, but also with appreciation and joy that we were blessed to have known someone like her. One thing was clear: We all were in awe of her. We loved and admired her unwavering spirit and her gracious heart; and we were so inspired by her strength.

Listening to the stories that were shared during the services, the tender as well as the humorous, gave me some comfort knowing that all through her life, others saw in her the very traits that I found so appealing, when I first met her in our Freshman English class at Tolleson High. Renie's gorgeous blue eyes and dazzling smile could light up any room...any life. She was never negative, always caring, a breeze to talk to, easy to laugh with. It was such an honor to call her my friend. I have many sweet memories of Renie through the years, which I cherish, and still, I wish there had been time for us to create even more. I am grateful for the time that we did share, and she will forever have a special place in my heart and soul.

At this time and always, I wish peace and strength to those who love Renie and those whom she loved. Renie especially adored her family, and each one in her beloved family made her so very proud. We will miss her greatly, but it may help to focus on how she enriched our lives. Her own life was well-lived in spite of the challenges that she so bravely faced. That is an extraordinary legacy.

It is hard to believe that this world has lost one of its brightest lights, but let’s all remember her smile, how she entered our hearts, how she made us smile -- and her memory will live on.

May Renie’s eternal rest be peaceful.

With love,
MaryAlice Minard (née Rojas)
February 4, 2009
My belated condolences to you and your family.
Cherie Moreno
January 30, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.
Laura Garcia
January 21, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. May she rest in peace, and may God comfort you and yours.
Ciara Portwood (ADJC)
January 19, 2009
We returned from a week away to hear the sad news from our son Jon about your dear wife's passing. No matter how long the struggle, no matter how "better" it might be, we know how very difficult it must be to let go and say "goodbye". May she rest in peace in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your dear family.
Lynn & Jim Lindell
Lynn Lindell
January 19, 2009
Mike and Family:

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this difficult time. Renee was a wonderful woman with a contagious smile and warm heart. She will be deeply missed.
Scott and Anne Frye
January 18, 2009
Dear Mike, Christy, Erin and Mikey

My heart is filled with sadness with the news of your loss. Your mom and wife was such a kind person. I have many fond memories of her from when I was growing up. Although we haven't had contact with each other for some time. The memories I have are special and she will never be forgotten.

~Dawn Wiesner (Oliver)
Dawn Wiesner
January 18, 2009
Dear Mike and family,

May the wonderful memories of your awesome wife and mother held deep within your hearts help to soothe your spirits at this difficult time and in the future. I feel fortunate to have had the pleasure of knowing such a wonderful gal. She inspired me always. I shall remember the fun times, her great spirit, her humor and positive attitude. She shall be missed by everyone who knew her.
Joan Brainard-Pinson
January 18, 2009
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Renie. Renie was like a big sister to Jackie while attending Tolleson Union High School and working at MCSO. We have many fond memories of her throughout the years. She and Mike even shared the same birthday! She was a truly remarkable lady! Our thoughts are with you.
Mike & Jackie Branham
January 18, 2009
Mike & Kids,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Marisa Huff (Foy)
January 17, 2009
Dear Mike,
I haven't seen you or Renie in so many years ! You and Renie have been in my thoughts over the years and I dearly missed you both. I am so sorry for your loss, Mike. I remember Renie as a young, happy and beautiful person. You and your family will always be in my heart and prayers. God bless you and yours !
John W. Retzlaff
January 17, 2009
Dear Mike and family - Sincere sympathy in the loss of Renie - memories will live on of her bubbly, smiling personality. She loved you Mike so very much, she loved being a Mother to her wonderful children, she finally caught up with me and became The Grandmother - know how many people will miss Renie - live your happy memories until we see Renie again. God Bless
Dee Della Donna
January 17, 2009
To our dear Mike and family:
You have been in our lives for 30 years. Renie was such a very special person. We will miss her but she is with God now and has been set free of cancer. We have been truely blessed to have known Renie. Mike, I know Renie will be keeping an eye on you and the family along with God. Take care and remember, we love you the Branham family.
Don & Linda Wonus
January 17, 2009
Dear Mike and family ,
Please accept my sincerest condolences at the loss of your wife and mother Renie. She was such a wonderful person. I had the privilege of working for and with her during the early 90's. She became a friend and mentor to me. We had a lot of fun dealing with things like the Inmate Canteen and Fleet! She had her hands full, but through her guidance we saw it all through. I have may fond memories of those days that I will always cherish.

She always spoke fondly of you and the kids. It was always fun to hear her tell of what was going on at home! The best was when she went out in the garage one day and found you on your hands and knees with q-tips cleaning that Harley! Christy, Erin, and Mike Jr., your mother always spoke highly of you and was so proud of your accomplishments! Be at peace that she is at rest and the pain is gone. She is in a better place now.

God Bless you all.
Tom & Kathy Tyo
January 17, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Art Urquidez
January 16, 2009
Amazing!! All the love, compassion and energy in that petite person we so came to love and admire at SIK over the last 15 years, we will miss you Reine and you will forever be in our hearts. God's peace to Mike and her family and to her many friends who have been so blessed to have Renie in their life.
Judy Haenel
January 16, 2009
Dear Mike, Christy, Erin, Mike Jr. and all:
Renie is my hero! Never once in all those long years she was battling her cancer did I ever hear her whine, complain, or be a "victim". She was always upbeat, determined, and had such a positive outlook on life and conquering her cancer. She was a wonderful Soroptimist, a strong leader, and a delightful, compassionate friend! I miss her already!
Alice and Dave Wells
January 16, 2009
Director Branham,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Michelle & John Holzemer
January 16, 2009
Renie was the strongest woman that I have ever met, and I feel so lucky to have known such an amazing person like her. To Erin and the whole family, you have been and will be in our thoughts and prayers continuously.

love, David & Hillary
Hillary Black
January 15, 2009
January 15, 2009
Mike and Family:
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Renie's courage and strength is an inspiration to us all, and we know that she is happy and pain-free in the arms of our Lord in Heaven. Please know that we are here for you if you need a couple of shoulders to lean on. We love you!
Bob & Sylvia Forry
January 15, 2009
Mike, Christy, Erin and Mike Jr, it was a very sad moment when I read about the passing of Renie. Your family had been a wonderful part of my studio and memories just came flooding back to the Saturday mornings when either you Mike or Renie would be there watching Christy take her dance classes. Then to be reunited again when Christy's love of dance brought her back. There are no words that can be said to ease your pain, only the beautiful and loving memories will somehow, with God's love and embracing arms, will you get through this difficult time. Know that those of us who have been so fortunate to have Renie pass through our lives are blessed and her spirit will live on through you, Mike, your beautiful children and grandchildren. You are all held in my prayers and heart.
Dancingly with love,
Kathy Langham
January 15, 2009
Dear Mike -

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Christine Acero
January 15, 2009
My Dearest Mike and family......
I share your grieving and loss.
May Peace be with you in the many fond memories you must have.

Mike you were, and always will be, my "son".

I send Blessings and comforting.
Lu Long
January 15, 2009
Dear Mike and family,

I loved the "open house" I attended with Renie and the other Soroptimist. I know Renie had to be tired but she stayed until the very end with a smile on her face and a drink (Pepsi that is) in her hand. What a gift I received to sit and laugh with her. Your are in my prayers. Love Jackie Doerr
Jackie Doerr
January 15, 2009
We are so sorry to hear of your loss Mike. "Grannie" was very special to so many people. Her smile was infectious. We will have you and your family in our prayers.
David & Annie Paul
January 15, 2009
We are so sorry for your loss, she will be missed and loved every day. Renie was a true inspiration in many ways, a very very strong wife,mother and friend.
Monica & Ed Scheffner - MCSO
January 15, 2009
Dear Mike,

Teri and I were very saddened to hear of the loss of Renie. I had the utmost admiration for her. Please except our most sincere condolences. You and your family are in out thoughts.
Steve @ Teri Barnes
January 15, 2009
I worked for Mike Branham in the mid-90's, and had the privilege of getting to know Renie through her husband. She was always, on the occasions that I saw her, incredibly bright, cheerful and an absolute pleasure to be around.

The saying goes that 'behind every great man is a great woman'. That phrase was never more fitting than it is to describe Renie. She was truly respected and admired, even by people that didn't know her very well.

I believe that Renie is with God, and that her loved ones will see her again.

I send my sincere condolences to Mike and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
David Williams
January 15, 2009
My deepest sympathy in your sad loss. She put up a valiant fight and was an inspiration to us all. We were friends from 20 yrs ago at MCSO. Found her again about 5 yrs ago.
Claudia Green
January 15, 2009
So Many happy Harley rides together, provided such quality times for friends. We not only felt great affection for her but we admired her courage in the final fight of her life. She, and Mike as her care giver, are truly an inspiration for us all.
Patty & Terry Stewart
January 15, 2009
Mike, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your loving wife, Renie. I know she meant the world to you and your children, and she will be deeply missed. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

George and Sherry Aguilar
Sherry Aguilar
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