Rene Royatta Meredith (nee Rice), 65, of Gary, IN, passed away January 15, 2018 at Aperion Care Center after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Rene, the daughter of Roy Edward Rice and Ora Lee Rice was born in Gary, Indiana, July 10,1952. She studied at Indiana University Bloomington where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education on January 10,1976. She utilized her passion for children and education by becoming a substitute teacher for emotionally disturbed students (kindergarten through eighth grade), in the Gary Public Schools. She also worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee, WI. Rene is survived by her three children Marcey R. Meredith (32), Brian K. Campbell (33), and Robert L. Meredith (45). Sisters, Sydney (Jessie) Blackmon and Roxyanne Rice, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ora Lee Rice and Roy Edward Rice, sister Catherine Love- Brown (Rice), and brothers Clyde Ross, Robert E. Minor, and Roy Rice Jr. A memorial service in honor of Rene will be Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Guy and Allen Chapel 2959 W, 11th Ave. Gary, IN, 46404.