Gladys M Rennels

Memorial services for Gladys M. Rennels, 102, Lawrence will be held later date. Gladys passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 at her home.

Gladys was born on February 1, 1918 in Topeka, KS, the daughter of James M. and Margaret E. (Hockett) DeMoss.

She worked at Sunflower Ammunition Plant before starting cooking for Theta tau fraternity at KU for 15 years. And then at Lawrence School District 497 for 17 years. She retired to help take care of one of her grandchildren. Her hobby was baking and selling goods at the Lawrence famer market from 1980 to 2014.

She married Burgess W. Rennels, Sr. July of 1950 in Denver, CO and they later divorced. He preceded her in death on October 24, 2010; two sisters, Aurora Logan and Idessa Riley; four brothers, Ronald Demoss, George Demoss, Ralph Demoss and Cornelius Aldridge.

Survivors include her three sons, Daniel E. Georgie, Jr., Burgess W. Rennels Jr., Otho G. Rennels, all of Lawrence; three grandchildren: Shawn Georgie, Trent Georgie and Maria Rennels, twelve great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren, three sisters, Leona Mullins, Hazel Moore and Alta Cummings; and abundance of nieces, nephews and cousins

24 Condolences

  1. Rose & Bill Mitchell on March 23, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the family! May she Rest In Peace! George and Virgil we are so sorry for the loss of your mother.

    With Love,
    The Mitchell Family

  2. marilyn taylor zwirek on March 24, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Sending love and hugs and healing to the family.. Your mother was a rock and one of the best bakers in the county. RIP Gladys. You were always a very special of our f family. You will be missed by so many

  3. Marilyn Lane Figuieras on March 25, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Burgess and the Rennels Family,

    Your mother was one of my favorite people in Lawrence. She was always so nice and made me feel like I was always so welcomed. I’ll miss her great smile and her amazing pies. I’m so sorry for your loss. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Randy and Becky Holm on March 26, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    George and family,
    Randy and I express our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. May she Rest In Peace.

    Randy and Becky Holm

  5. Carol Langston on March 27, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    So sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

  6. Terry Headley on March 27, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    George and Burgess so sorry to hear of yor loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Adrian l taylor on March 27, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    RIP too my great grandmother you will be loved and missed your truly

    Adrian taylor

  8. Nancy Taylor Shivers on March 28, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Sorry for your loss–what a life she lived–her pies were amazing but her down to earth advice and her thoughts on what was happening all the time I knew her in Lawrence and whenever I came back and saw her were very special.

    Nancy Taylor Shivers

  9. Michael and Mary Pat Lange on March 29, 2020 at 10:39 am

    George and Burgess and Rennels family,
    So very sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. Her life experiences and how she lived were an example to everyone. The way your family cared for her with love and no complaints reflects what she taught you. We will always remember her and miss her fantastic pies. With sincere sympathy,

  10. Judy and Eric Smith on March 29, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    We are thinking of you and all your family during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you all.

  11. Donald Jones on March 30, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Donald Jones
    George and Burgess, Sorry for your loss

  12. Mr. Kim R.Wrench on April 1, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Dear George and Burgess,

    My thoughts are with you and your family. I hope you will keep the faith and know God will take care of you.The loss of a Mother is never easy but keeping the beautiful memories near your heart will always keep her with you!

    Mr. Kim R. Wrench
    Kansas City, Mo

  13. Gregory Galloway USAF (Ret). on April 2, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Condolences and prayers for strength to the family.

  14. Joyce Pearson on April 4, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Dear George,

    Condolences from Mitchell and Joyce Pearson and family. Surely any service for your lovely mother is a celebration of life and love. You are blessed dear friend and we love you!

    God bless you it is well with our souls.

  15. Glenda M. Lewis on April 4, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Sorry for your loss. Your mother was a great lady and will be missed.

  16. Stephanie Walker on April 4, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Rest well in Paradise Aunt Gladys. Will miss your smile and your wonderful home made rolls.

  17. Julie (Larson) Rea on April 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Burgess and George: You two are great sons. Helped your mom so much through the years. It’s especially amazing that she was able to remain in her own home til the end. I’m sure that’s where she was happiest. I always felt welcome when I had to collect for the newspapers I delivered back in the day in our neighborhood. I hope you feel God’s presence during your grieving. God bless and take care.

  18. Willie Amison on April 6, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    My sincere condolences to your family for the loss of such a wonderful and inspiring woman, mother and grandmother. I looked forward to interacting with Mrs. Rennels each day when we worked together at East Heights School. Her grandkids were also so invigorating and respectful individuals. Her frankness and insights were always much appreciated. She will certainly be missed by so many.

  19. Vicki Goff-Miller on April 6, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Prayer and strength to your family. With all or love

  20. Ann Turnbull on April 7, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    What a sweetheart❣️ I so enjoyed visiting with her at the farmer’s market. Her cherry pies and coffee cakes were the BEST.
    Rud and I send love to all of you. God bless ????????????

  21. Jacqueline Goodwin on April 11, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Aunt Gladys, I will always remember the love you always showed us when we were kids playing in Clinton Park. The same love you showed us when we got grown. When Daddy died I remember you hugging me and telling me my Daddy was at peace and I didn’t understand what that meant. But now that I’m all grown up I know what you meant, and I know that you are at peace with my Lord, Moma and Daddy. See you all when I get there. I love you Aunt Gladys

  22. Sheila Ward on April 19, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    So sorry to hear of Gladys passing- I remember her and the boys from Jennings Daylight Donuts. She had such a sweet spirit and was always so humble and kind. I look forward to seeing her again one day in heaven!

  23. Mary F. Lee on May 1, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Burgess, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Sometimes I would see her out in her yard as I would drive to work in the morning. She would always wave back when I waved. I don’t know if she remembered me as one of your classmates from Pinckney, but being the friendly person she was, she waved anyway. My deepest sympathy to your whole family.

  24. Teresa L Clounch on July 20, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    George and Family
    I’m so sorry to hear about her passing. Mom talked to Alta and she let me know of the sad news. I’m sending love and light to you.

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