Our beloved mother, sister, aunt and grandmother, Renee H. Olalia passed away at home in Deer Park on Jan. 14, 2014.
Renee was born on Nov. 11, 1936 in Seattle to James and Mildred Davis. Her family moved to Cashmere, Wash., when she was a little girl, where her parents owned and operated an apple orchard.
She was a youth leader at the community center in Wenatchee. She also was on the board to help fight for Indian rights in Spokane.
Renee moved to Guam in 1979 with her six daughters. There she worked as a caseworker for the Department of Social and Health Services. She also started a center for the youth.
She met her late husband, Frank Olalia, and in 1979 they moved to Deer Park.
Renee was the most loving woman in the world. She would help anyone in need. Sheâ€™d open her house to anyone that needed a place to sleep, even give the shirt off her back if someone needed it.
Renee loved crafts, ceramics, music, puzzles and most of all her family. She was a one in a million kind of person that you could never forget, and now there will always be a void in our hearts that no one else could ever replace. We love you Mom.
She is survived by her sister, Carol Whisman of Idaho; six daughters, Teresa Biggers of Deer Park, Glenda (Pete) Santos of Colorado, Robin (Matthew) Auayan of Deer Park, Brenda Smentana of Los Angeles, Calif., Shawna (Brad) Beukes of Leavenworth, Wash, and Renee McKinney of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; 27 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Renee was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mildred Davis; two daughters, Laura Batacan and Patricia Patalot; her only son, Clifford West; a sister, Mary Davis, and a brother Donald Davis.
A memorial service for Renee was held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Danekas Funeral Chapel in Chewelah, Wash. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of ones choice.