Rena Belle Howard , age 78, of Quincy, died Friday, August 9, 2019, at 10:55 am in Timber Point Health Care Center, in Camp Point.
Rena was born January 29, 1941 in Hannibal, Missouri, the daughter of John and Josephine Harris Miller.
She was a graduate of Hannibal High School. For a time she worked at Standard Printing in Hannibal. Rena worked 20 years at Gardner Denver. In 2013 she retired from Knapheide Manufacturing. Rena was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Quincy. She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals.
Survivors include: her long time companion, Harold L. Howard of Quincy; three children, Michelle "Shelly" (Doug) Crane of Quincy, Jeffrey Crim and Michael (Janet) Crim, both of Sherwood, AR; two step children, Danny Howard of LaGrange, MO, and Brenda (Michael) Johnson of Quincy; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two sisters, Kathy (Darrell) Price of Jacksonville, IL, and Dee Obr of Phoenix, AZ; and Several nieces and nephews.
Rena was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Sheila Crim; and a nephew, Steve Price.
Services: 11:00 am Monday, August 19, 2019, in Christ Lutheran Church in Quincy. Inurnment will follow in Quincy Memorial Park. There will be no visitation
Memorials: To the family in the care of Michelle Crane.
"I was just called about Rena?s passing, I loved her so very much, I am devastated to hear of her passing and not knowing to be able to attend her services. I worked with her at Knapheide, she was absolutely the sweetest person, so fun loving and made me smile and laugh every time I was around her, I called her ?Your Highness? as a joke, but the truth was, she was royalty as a friend, she was such a support for me when I became disabled, I truly treasured our friendship! I will miss her so very much, Rest In Peace Your Highness Rena! ???"
"To Rena's Family. So sorry to hear of your loss. We always had a good time working together at Gardner Denver and she always had a special way she created her cup of coffee. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy Willing"
"To Rena's family,
I'm so sorry for your loss and keeping you in prayer during this difficult time. Rena and I worked together at Gardner Denver and shared many laughs while typing on those telex machines! I'll always remember her smile and our friendship. May good memories comfort you and bring you peace. "
"To the Shelly and Doug and remaining family of one of my dearest friends from Gardner Denver, you have my sincerest sympathy. I loved Rena so.... When I worried about her shortly after her retirement from from Knapheide, she assured me, "Pam, I am okay." Even though her recent passing saddens are hearts in that we will be miss her in person, I have to believe in my heart that where Rena's spirit is now, she is surely more than just "okay." RIP my dear friend..."