Abbey Grace Renner
Born August 5, 1997
Died November 22, 2021
Abbey Grace Renner was born into this world August 5, 1997. As a newborn baby, and throughout the first year of her life, Abbey made herself known to those around her. She screamed and cried non-stop, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. While the human side of reasoning would attribute a cause/effect to this, perspective has shown that she was speaking to us. She collected the attention of those around her as if to say (without the ability to speak any words), watch me, listen to me, hear me, hold me, focus and keep from distraction, for my life will profess the Kingdom of God.
As Abbey grew up, she became a little quieter and more unassuming. She had a deep and quiet confidence and a gentle, loving, warm spirit. She humbly let God's work in her heart shine through for others to see. Abbey had a servant determination of a Godly leader. At His calling, her heart set to task ready to be the hands and feet of God. Abbey's smile illuminated every space she was in, bringing light, and giving life with a distinct purity of character. She truly embodied the fruits of the spirit with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5: 22-23). With the heart of a lion, courage, fearlessness and a boldness of pursuit, Abbey symbolized the light of God through her spirit, her wisdom, her knowledge, and her Grace, bringing hope to those around her.
Abbey lived her life with intention; God-lead intentionality. What she accomplished in 24 years was not humanly possible. She lived more in her spirit and the likeness of God than of the world. This is how she lived her wonderful, wondrous life. This is how she was able to do so much. This is what we were privileged to witness.
Abbey grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma attending Deer Creek Schools. During her time there she was a three-time state basketball champion, valedictorian, Miss DCHS, senior class officer, national honor society president and Spanish club president. She participated as a Girls State Delegate and the University of Oklahoma High School Leadership Conference as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Abbey attended college at Oklahoma City University (OCU), graduating Magna Cum Laude, Cum Honore with a Bachelor's of Biomedical Science and minors in Spanish and Chemistry. Abbey was a member of the OCU Women's basketball team for two years during which time the team won the Division One NAIA national championship. She was a two-time academic all-conference player and twice selected as the OCU student athlete of the year. She was a beloved member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She participated in many activities and clubs including Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society (President), Student Athletes Advisory Committee, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association, and OCU Leads Presidents Leadership Class. She was awarded the Petree College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Sophomore as well as the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Award for her research and presentation on "Bacteriophage: A Potential Replacement for Antibiotics". Abbey was also published for her work "The Lactase Enzyme and the Evolution of Lactase Persistence." Abbey participated in travel-learning opportunities through the university including Alaska, Yellowstone and Taiwan where the purpose was always about making a difference. During these travel experiences Abbey discovered a love for birds and all things aviary. As family, we believe her angel wings, ever present, found pleasure and peace in her kindred soaring spirits. We were also frequently "schooled" on dietary habits and aviary rituals!
Even as a college student, Abbey was always giving back to the community and volunteered as a Whiz Kids tutor, at the Good Shepherd Clinic and as a translator for the Salvation Army.
After graduating from OCU, Abbey worked as an emergency physician scribe at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City while preparing for medical school. In 2020, Abbey was accepted to Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Moving to Tulsa to start her new medical journey, Abbey also fell in love with Zane McElroy. Although their time together has been short, Zane and Abbey have shared many adventures. Zane brought love, laughter and food videos to her already full life. Abbey made a mean oven-baked chicken!
In pursuit of her medical dream, Abbey continued to give back to the community. She was selected as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for her study and teaching of diabetes management and education to Spanish-speaking members of the community at Xavier Clinic. She was recently awarded the Mona Whitmier Scholarship through the Tulsa Medical Society. She continued to participate in student government, was a student ambassador and a member of the VASSAR research team. Among other organizations and memberships, she was president of the Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association and Vice-President American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians. Her next educational trip was scheduled for December, 2021 to Veracruz, Mexico for a global health externship. Her publications while in medical school include "Sickle Cell Disease and Quality of Life: An Evaluation of Reporting of Patient Reported Outcomes in Randomized Controlled Trials", "Esophageal Motility Disorders: A Cross-sectional Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials", and "An Analysis of the Evidence Supporting Hepatology Clinical Practice Guidelines: Evaluating Reporting Completeness of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Liver Disease". She was recently nominated for the 2022 Student Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine of the year. She participated in any opportunity to further her medical education and dream to become a servant-centered physician helping those in need.
Abbey is survived by her parents, Dana and Dustin Renner and her brother Ethan Renner of Stillwater, Oklahoma; Zane McElroy of Collinsville, Oklahoma; her Aunt Deborah Dage (Elliott and Noah Hoss) of Tulsa, Oklahoma; her Uncle Don Dage (wife Stephanie, Jacob, Lauren and Samantha) of Edmond, Oklahoma; her Uncle Jeff Renner (wife Darcy, Megan Perez, Logan, Allie and Millie Renner) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; maternal grandmother Susan Dage (Edmond, Oklahoma) and paternal grandparents Robert and Rose Renner (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma). She is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Gary Dage "Papagary" (2001).
Throughout her life, Abbey was a present and active member of the United Methodist Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS THE FAMILY ASKS:
For friends and family looking to contribute to Abbey's legacy, we would ask that you contribute to a fund that will be created in Abbey's memory at the OSU Center for Health Sciences.
You may make a gift by visiting this webpage: OSUgiving.com/abbeyrenner (cut and paste web address)
If you would like to send in a check, you may do so by addressing the check to the OSU Foundation and writing Abbey Grace Renner Memorial Scholarship in the memo line. You may send the check to the address below:
Attn: Annie Wells
700 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK 74106 or
Published by Vondel Smith Mortuary North on Nov. 26, 2021.