Rena McLeese, 83 of Secor passed away on December 30, 2018 at Meadows Mennonite Home in Chenoa. She was born on May 22, 1935 in Ellsworth, IL to the late Latney and Gressie (Decker) Brooks.
She was preceded in death by 1 sister Reva Sparrow.
Rena is survived by 2 daughters: Deborah (Ken) Washer of Secor, IL; Susan Moxley of Fordsville, KY; 7 brothers: Norman (Helen) Brooks of Clinton, IL; Eugene (Donna) Brooks of Heyworth, IL; Lateny Jr. (Carol) Brooks of MO; Albert (Shelly) Brooks of TX; James Michael (Peggy) Brooks of Heyworth, IL; Timothy (Fonda) Brooks of KY; Robert (Nancy) Brooks of Heyworth, IL; 2 sisters Betty (Dale) Harvel of Hattiesburg, MS; Hazel (Charlie) Law of Heyworth, IL; 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been entrusted to Ruestman Harris Funeral Home in ElPaso. Online tributes and condolences can be made at ruestmanharris.com. Memorial contributions in honor of Rena may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community of Chenoa.
Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep
By Mary Elizabeth Frye
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
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