Betty Ren Wright Frederiksen
DIED
December 31, 2013
Betty Ren (née: Wright) Frederiksen RACINE — Betty Ren Wright Frederiksen, 86, passed away in Wheaton Franciscan Hospital-All Saints, on December 31, 2013. She was born in Wakefield, MI. on June 15, 1927, the daughter of the late William and Revena (née: Trezise) Wright. On October 9, 1976, she was united in marriage to George A. Frederiksen, who preceded her in death on March 17, 1995. Betty Ren graduated from Downer University and was the chief editor for Western Publishing for over 30 years. Many of her books and articles were published during her illustrious career and she received numerous awards for her work. Surviving are her children, John (Janet) Frederiksen, of Racine, and Deborah (Raymond) Houte, of Kenosha; 8 grandchildren, Peter (Brenda) Gauchel, Timothy (Cindy) Gauchel, Brenda (Dan) Sill, Gretchen (Paul) Goss, Erik (Frankie Cruz) Frederiksen, Kurt Frederiksen, Andrew (Kristin) Houte, and Renee (Chance) Gafford; and 10 great grandchildren. Other relatives and friends also survive her. In addition to her parents and beloved husband, Betty Ren was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Thomas Gauchel. A memorial service, celebrating her life, will be held in the funeral home on Friday, January 10th, at 12 o'clock Noon, with Rev. Manda Stack officiating. Relatives and friends can meet with the family from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Feeding America, and Best Friends Animal Society. DRAEGER-LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY 4600 County Line Rd. 552-9000 www.draeger-langendorf.com

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Published by Racine Journal Times on Jan. 5, 2014.
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4600 County Line Rd., Racine, WI 53403
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4600 County Line Rd., Racine, WI 53403
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My son is 8 years old and has never taken an interest in reading no matter what I have tried. Then the teacher gave him this book - The Ghost Comes Calling. He just finished it last night which is why I googled the author only to learn of the beautiful life she lead along with other stories I know he will want to read. Thank you so much and God Bless you and your family. How beautiful that you will continue to impact children in such a positive light for future generations. This book has changed my son and his outlook on reading. Thank you.
Jody Vaccaro
January 29, 2014
Betty Ren was a big part of my childhood in Milwaukee as we are first cousins. She was a humorous and great storyteller, not just in her books. My 10 year old granddaughter enjoys her books. Betty Ren was always interested in others. .She touched many hearts and will live on through us.
Alice May Dennison
January 13, 2014
I never met Betty, but she has give me the most wonderful daughter-in-love that I would ever imagine. My son is so blessed to have found and married Betty's granddaughter in 2006. My sone tells me wonder stories about this precious lady and I am honored to be connected to her in this small way. The angels rejoice that one of God's best has made it home! God bless my daughter-in-love, Renee as she says "goodby for now".
Laura Watkins
January 10, 2014
Betty Ren has been a dear friend of my mother's since Downer College days. I will always remember her for the book she wrote about my brother's room, entitled Scotty's Room. I also have a special collection of Betty Ren books that I kept when my mother passed.
Beth Peterson
January 10, 2014
Betty was a wonderful person that I only knew for a short time. Her warm personality filled an area with a welcoming and friendly aura. My only regret is that I did not know her for as long or as well as others have. The short time I knew her, she made a lasting impression.
Alexia N
January 10, 2014
Betty was a wonderful woman that I only knew a short time. Her warm personality filled a room with a soft and welcoming feeling. My only regret is that I did not get to meet her sooner or know her longer as other did.
Alexia Natkin
January 10, 2014
Betty Ren has always been a much-loved, extraordinary friend and colleague, as well as a superb publishing executive and a rare example of an intelligent children's book author and editor who graced the Western Publishing Company with great literature and success. We met during my 21 years at Western and our friendship continued during times later while Betty established her own published writings in the book field.

Much love to you, Betty Ren, Always & Forever !
Richard W. Eiger
January 9, 2014
I've only recently met Betty Ren, and was fortunate to spend time driving with her around town. Our conversations were interesting, her stories were dynamic,and her wit was absolutely darling. I loved seeing pictures taken at a family member's wedding - she was so excited to have been able to attend. I was thrilled when she gave me a signed copy of The Dollhouse Murders to give to my teenage daughter! I had no idea during all those drives together - despite many conversations about books - that she was an award-winning author. Betty Ren was a lovely lady, and I am grateful she was my friend. I will miss her.
Carrie Johnson
January 7, 2014
While we didn't know you as long as some of the other Allied Authors members, we always enjoyed your comments and your company.

The annual meetings at your home were always a treat. The world has lost a little more of its magic, but you'll live on in your stories and in our hearts.

- David and Stephanie Williams
David Williams
January 7, 2014
I met Betty only once for tea in her Racine home. But that's all it took for Betty to turn a perfect stranger into a cherished friend. We exchanged books and spent hours talking about "writing" and "life". Our friendship grew through letters and I regret to say I was "too busy" to make the trip to Racine on my last visit to the Midwest. My loss. Thank you, Betty. You were so easy to love, and such wonderful company. I envy the young reader opening one of your books for the first time.
Kathryn Gibbs Davis
January 7, 2014
You are looking at a women that lived her life to the fullest, not leaving a single stone unturned. To all those that have had the honor to be in her life understand this. So soft spoken yet spewing with strength and bravery. Although a author to countless books, her ultimate legacy will be the story of her life.
Dustin M
January 7, 2014
I have known Betty for many years and like so many others I always found to be a gracious, loving person. While I haven't seen Betty for several years,, I will always remember her with fondness and love.
Peggy Tode
January 6, 2014
Fern and I have known Betty Ren since the mid-fifties,this through Allied Authors and personal visits in Racine.
She was a most gracious, kind woman, always willing to help in any way possible.

As writers we grew together,and successfuly published endless novels, articles, short stories, you name it, we did it.

Her passing comes as a great shock to both Fern and I. We shall remember her always. The world has lost a remarkable author as well as kind, loving,caring friend.

Have a happy time in heaven, darling!

Fern and Tom
January 6, 2014
I was doubly blessed in that I enjoyed both a business relationship and personal friendship with Betty Ren. From our first meeting in the mid 80s right through our last telephone call in mid-December, she was one of the kindest, warmest and most giving people I've ever met. Dedicated to writing and writers, she hosted a recent meeting of the Wisconsin Allied Authors, generously sharing both her home and her creative and professional acumen with other members. A Writer even then, as health issues quietly loomed for her, she shared her ideas and plans for a new book. While that book shall remain unfinished, Betty Ren's life was a masterpiece; filled with life, love, family, lasting friendships, personal losses, professional successes and the adoration of the countless children worldwide who devoured her many books.
We will miss her.
Jack Byrne
January 6, 2014
I wish I had known Betty better; I did meet her on a few occasions, and found her to be delightful, intelligent, and committed to writing and to writers. She was exceptionally generous over the years to the Council for Wisconsin Writers, for which that organization remains exceedingly grateful.

Marilyn L. Taylor
Wisconsin Poet Laureate, 2009-2010
Marilyn Taylor
January 5, 2014
My aunt was one of the kindest and loving people I ever knew. While in pain most of her life , she never complained and always had a smile and time for everyone who knew her. She will be missed all. May she rest in peace.
Rhonda Rhodes
January 5, 2014