The family will hold a time of remembrance at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, for EJean Leone Renfro at the Renfro home. Burial will take place during a family service May 27 at Valhalla Memorial Park. Mrs. Renfro passed away April 2 after losing her battle with a number of medical problems. She was 80.
Mrs. Renfro was born Nov. 15, 1926, in Monterey Park.
On May 27, 1943, at 16, she married her true love, Joe Renfro in Spokane, Wash. Mr. Renfro promptly went off to war with his brother, Marshal. When he returned, the couple soon became the proud parents of three children: The eldest son, Jerry, their middle son, Patrick, and youngest child, a daughter, Pennie.
All three children grew up in the same house in Redondo Beach until 1972, when Mrs. and Mr. Renfro moved to Grass Valley and opened the Soda Saloon in Nevada City with Mrs. Renfro’s brother, Scott McAllister. Mrs. Renfro also worked as a housekeeper for the Best Western Gold Country Inn and as a CNA at Golden Empire and Grass Valley convalescent homes.
Mrs. Renfro was an amazing cook. She made the best apple cake and stuffed bell pepper dinners. To pass some time and to generate some extra income after retirement, Mrs. Renfro sold Avon in the early ’80s and liked it so much, she did it until her passing.
It was her passion to cook for, and take care of, everyone. Her hobbies included gardening, crocheting, bowling and talking to people on the CB Radio. She was fondly known as “Soda Jerk” to the CB community.
Mrs. Renfro is survived by her eldest son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Barbara Renfro of Long Beach; son, Pat Renfro of Grass Valley; daughter and son-in-law, Pennie and Bobby Hughes of Shawnee, Okla.; two granddaughters, DeArlene and Rayanne; six grandsons Toddy, Tracy, Joseph, Craig, Jason and Erick; seven great-granddaughters; 15 great-grandsons; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, Joseph Renfro in 2001; brother, Scott McAllister in 1984; twin brother, Richard McAllister in 1982; mother, Ethel McAllister-Duoley in 1980; and great-grandson, Justin Hollingsworth in 1997.
Mrs. Renfro was a beloved mother, devoted wife, grandmother, great-grandmother and “Grandma Jean” to numerous children growing up in Grass Valley.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.
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