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.