Rena V. Karnes
1922 - 2021
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1922 - 2021 We grieve the loss of Rena V. Karnes on March 29, 2021. She led a long and rich life and left this world peacefully with her loving daughter Sandy and her amazing caregiver Gloria by her side. Rena V. came into this world almost 100 years ago on March 6, 1922 in Center City, Texas. After high school, she married Ellsworth Karnes and the two of them set off to seek their fortunes in California. They settled in Hawthorne where Sandy was born in 1943. Rena V., following the lead of Rosie the Riveter, went to work as an aircraft upholsterer at McDonnell Douglas in El Segundo. She was there for 25 years, working night shifts so she could be home during the day with her daughter. As those who knew her or even walked past her house were aware, Rena V.'s passion was gardening. She spent countless hours in her yard, maintaining a beautiful rose garden among other lush plants and flowers. She was an active member of the South Coast Botanical Gardens and we celebrated her 97th birthday at a bench that her daughter and son-in-law donated in her honor. Her other passion was her family. She travelled the world with friends and family, enjoying trips to Europe, Australia and New Zealand among other wonderful places. She also took an annual trip to her home state of Texas to visit her sister, Eulabel, who lived to be 101! On trips and at home, Rena V. and her family were avid card players. She played a mean game of Crazy 8's until the end, often winning and raising her arms in celebration at the end of the game. Rena V. never missed a family gathering, from graduations to weddings, birthdays and more. She will be deeply missed by all. Rena V., also lovingly known as Gram, GG and triple G, is survived by her daughter, Sandy; son-in-law, Tim; grandson, Troy; granddaughter-in-law, Sally; granddaughter, Kim; great grandchildren, Matt and Kylie; honorary grandchildren, Dustin and Jennifer and great, great grandchildren, Logan and Luke. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Alzheimer's Association at We send our love to everyone who is living with or caring for those with dementia.

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Apr. 16, 2021.
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April 20, 2021
I remember our families getting together for dinners. Ellsworth and my dad met at work and playing softball I believe and hit it off. Always enjoyed Rena V's enthusiasm. Remember talking to her about her Roses she planted in her new house. Hope you are doing well Sandra.
Keith Lent
April 17, 2021
I didn't know her personally but I did know her supervisor of upholstery at El Segundo Douglas aircraft. Her name was Millie Olsen. Millie just passed away and her funeral is 30 April, she was 105 years old. Your mom sounds so sweet and much like Millie they were a group of girls to wish you were around all the time. What a bunch especially during the War Year's. when Millie retired she still kept sewing and ended up being a quilter. She lived in Hemet when she passed. She was like a second mom to me. My mother and her were girlfriends. My mother was the secretary and assistant To Donald Douglas at El Segundo. Her name was Esther Mae Trampe....Unfortunately for me I lost her at the age of 69. You are so fortunate to have your mom for so many years. I just lost my husband on January 27, my mother and dad’s anniversary, and my husband died Of Alzheimer’s. So I know the final steps you went husband was 87. Please except my condolences on your loss and know that other people care. Marlea Ramsey, Torrance Calif...
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