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Ruth Louise Kimmel “Kim” Renuart

Renuart, Ruth Louise Kimmel “Kim” died on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at Duke Regional Hospital Hospice from complications following a Covid infection. She was born in Front Royal, VA on January 8, 1932 to Mary Fenton and William Dean Kimmel. The family moved to Milford, DE when she was very young and she lived there until attending Duke University, in Durham, NC from 1949-1953.

Ruth became “Kim” when she joined a sorority at Duke University. She loved music and was an avid Bridge player until her vision failed her at the age of 89. It was playing Bridge that allowed her to meet Adhemar William “Jim” Renuart, III in the fall of 1951. They courted for a year and a half and married in December, 1952. They had the first of her 9 children 10 months later! 😊

Ruth/Kim was preceded in death by her husband Dr. A. W. “Jim” Renuart; her parents Mary Fenton Kimmel and William Dean Kimmel; both of her siblings (William Dean “Bud” Kimmel, Jr., and Carole Kimmel Deakyne); two of her children – Sandra Lynn “Sandy” Renuart, and Anthony Andrew “Andy” Renuart; one grandson, Michael Wayne Townsend; and two children-in-law R. Stephen Hill and Theresa Parker Renuart.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 12:00 PM in the Eakes Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial will follow in the Speed-Young-Renuart Family Cemetery.

Kim/Ruth was survived by seven of her nine children and five children-in-law: Linda Hill of Hillsborough; Kim and her husband Wayne Townsend of Garner; A.W. “Jim” Renuart, IV of Pelham; Mary “Missy” Renuart and her husband Tim West of Kernersville; Dean Renuart and his fiancé, Kathleen Roberson Huber of Wilton; Donna and Ted Roese of Hampton, VA; Jerome “Jerry” and Kristi Renuart of Stem.

In addition, thirty-four grandchildren: Jennie Hill, Ben and Amy Hill, Ally Hill and her fiancé Duncan Bullins all of Hillsborough; Katherine Townsend of Fuquay Varina; Ana and Flavio Occhiuzzi of Indian Trail; Holly Townsend of Charlotte; Adhemar and Maggie Renuart of Mebane; Jaimie and Palmer Bowman also of Hillsborough; Aaron Renuart USMC; Catherine Howard and husband Timothy Carley of Wilmington; Haley West and husband Kevin Sechrest of Winston Salem; Zoe West of Raleigh; Kevin and Sarah Renuart, and Brandi Renuart of Benson; Jason and Heather Shambley, and Gage and Amanda Renuart of Durham; Erin and Ty Holden of Middleton, NJ; Will and Cristen Roese of Hampton VA, Meagan and Cameron Sutton of Newport News, VA; Kasey Renuart of Oxford; and Justin Renuart of Creedmoor.

She is also survived by twenty-two great grandchildren: Taylor Fuller, Matthew and Landon Hill, Spencer and Ana Kate Townsend, McKenna and AJ Renuart, Cal and Parker Bowman, Bjorn, Hunter, Brayden, William, Lucien and Grayson Renuart, Alyssa Shambley, Noah and Aspen Abdulraheem, Valentina, Tatiana and Mason Roese, and Ben Holden.

Visitation will be held Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 11:00 – 12:00 PM at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford. The family will also receive friends at the home immediately following the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth’s name to Duke Homecare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Dr. Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.


  • Jacqueline Krause Posted September 16, 2022 10:32 pm

    Rest in peace, you were loved.

  • Guy & Sandra Tunstall Posted September 17, 2022 2:45 am

    We were sorry to hear of Kim’s passing and our sympathy and prayers goes out to the family. She and Jim were neighbors across the river from us.

  • Lewie Posted September 17, 2022 1:11 pm

    Condolences to the family that made me feel like one of their own.

    • Missy Posted September 18, 2022 4:43 pm

      Thank you, Lewis!

      • Missy Posted September 18, 2022 4:44 pm


        • Carolyn Barker Posted September 23, 2022 12:49 am

          Carolyn knew your mother and father in 1951 at Duke. She remembers the night that Kim was serenaded by Jim’s Frat, and they were officially pinned. She also remembers the years that Jim worked at Murdoch and they lived in Butner. She was a Dr. at John Umstead Hospital. I the past years she knew your dad when he was at Brantwood Nursing Home, and saw your mom at the Beauty Shop every 3-4 months. I am sorry to hear of her passing. She leaves a tremendous family.

  • Amie Walkee Posted September 17, 2022 1:59 pm

    To Mom Renuart you accepted me into your family a long time and always considered me family. You were such a strong, patient, loving lady and you will always hold such a special place in my heart. Thank you for all your love and one day we will meet again. I love you sweet lady always and forever❤️❤️

  • jay godfrey Posted September 17, 2022 6:25 pm

    Dear family, I am deeply saddened by the grief you are feeling.
    Knowing of God’s embracing love for you, continue looking to him when ” he will wipe out all tears from our eyes, death, pain, and suffering will be no more. ” – Revelation 21:3,4
    He says death is an ” enemy that will be brought to nothing. ” – 1 Corinthians 15:26
    How it comforts our hearts to know that this pain will be a thing of the past and through Christ a resurrection for our loved ones.

    love from a stranger,

  • robert ross Posted September 20, 2022 10:09 pm

    Jerry, You may not remember me but we worked together once upon a time (not naming the company, not worth it). I want to pass along my sympathies to you & your family. May your pain pass quickly with the knowledge of her being at peace. Bob

  • Jill L Pike Posted September 21, 2022 1:25 pm

    To the family, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Kim. I enjoyed seeing both of your sweet parents at St. James for many years. Please know we are thinking of you all during this time.

  • Margaret Stegall Posted September 21, 2022 1:32 pm

    I am deeply saddened by the passing of Ms Renault.
    She and her dear husband were members of our church for years and they were both such a wonderful couple. Kim was a true land sweet lady and always had a smile on her face. Rest In Peace dear Kim. I know you are in the arms of god.

  • Mike Marlowe Posted September 23, 2022 4:11 am

    My deepest sympathies to all of the Renuart siblings. I remember her grace and strength from many years ago. What a full life she had.

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