Eula Dorothy "Dot" Renner
Eula Dorothy “Dot” Renner, age 90, of Stuttgart, Arkansas, formerly of Navarre, Kansas, passed away July 5, 2014.
Eula was born in Bennett Springs, Missouri, to the late Fredrick Hayes and Mary Etta Hanley Morgan on May 21, 1924. She was the youngest of twelve children. She was an excellent student and had enough credits to finish high school early and start a job in the payroll office of a local Rice Sticks overall factory. When it was time for her fellow students to graduate, she went back and walked with them.
Sometime after graduation from Lebanon High School, Eula began dating Ellis Lawrence Renner and six months later, on December 16, 1949, she married “the man of my dreams” to use her own words. Together they raised two beautiful daughters, Lynda Gayle and Barbara Sue.
When the girls were in grade school, Eula and Ellis moved to Navarre, KS where she worked at the Farm Service Co-Op where her husband was a plumber and later a manager. She was the bookkeeper there for thirty-three years, along with becoming manager herself after her husband retired due to health issues. She retired one year after the death of her beloved husband, Ellis.
While in Kansas, Eula was a very active member of the Navarre Brethren Church. She was also part of two monthly peanuckle groups, the Neighbors’ Club, EHU, and Ladies’ Aid. She and Ellis also bowled together on a local bowling league. Later in life she joined the Navarre Senior Citizens group and started a weekly card game with some of her closest friends. After her retirement she volunteered at the Abilene Hospital and the Historic Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad Gift Shop.
On July 14, 2000, Eula moved to Stuttgart, AR to be closer to family. She joined the Grand Avenue United Methodist Church and became active with the United Methodist Women (UMW), a circle group and a Sunday school class, until her declining health kept her from attending.
Eula was preceded in death by her husband of 39 and a half years, Ellis L. Renner; her parents and five brothers: Hiram, Bill, Clifford, Charles and Richard; and six sisters: Lou Anna Mae, Freddie Wilkins, Ona Stretch, Hazel Butler and Mary Etta Brown.
She is survived by her two daughters, Lynda Smith of Lebanon, MO and Barbara Layher of Stuttgart, AR. She was a loving, wonderful Granny to Barbara’s two children, Kimberly Ruff (Blake) of North Little Rock, AR and Kristopher Layher of Kansas City, MO and also a loving, wonderful Grandma to Lynda’s three children, Danna Biggs of Rolla, MO, Danny Biggs of Lebanon, MO and Amanda Brown (Chris) of Lebanon, MO. She was also blessed with a wonderful bunch of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren that all brought her such joy and happiness over the years.
A visitation will be held at Danner Funeral Home in Abilene, Kansas on Tuesday evening from 5:30-6:30 PM. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at Navarre Cemetery with Rev. Chester Strobel officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grand Avenue United Methodist Church or the Stuttgart Public Library.
Danner Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.