Irene “Renie” Shuford Persons, 90, born April 12, 1923, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Anchor Health and Rehabilitation in Aiken, S.C.
A native of Georgetown, S.C., Renie was the daughter of Robert Pou and Edna Butler Shuford. She married Delton C. Persons after WWII and moved with him to his hometown, Sandusky, where they lived for more than 50 years, and raised their two sons before moving to Albemarle, N.C.
Music and the arts were an important part of Renie and Delʼs life together. As members of several different churches in the Sandusky area, they were often in the choirs and sometimes sang duets. At First United Church of Christ, Renie also served as president of the Women of First Church. When she moved to Albemarle, she sang in the choir at First Lutheran Church.
For many years Renie was a member of the Sandusky Concert Association. She served as its first female president and eventually became their talent coordinator, helping to bring numerous performances to local audiences. Renie gave piano lessons for many years. She also enjoyed working at the Culinaire Shop at Forsterʼs China and at the Sandusky Cultural Center. Renie was an excellent knitter, a skilled seamstress, a fine basket maker, and a wonderful cook and gracious hostess who loved to entertain family and friends. She and Del also enjoyed the time they spent sailing together on the waters of Lake Erie.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Debra Persons of Aiken; daughter-in-law, Lauren Persons, of Parma, Ohio; grandchildren, Aaron Persons and Jamie Persons, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Logan Persons, of Cleveland; two sisters, Anne Shuford Moore and Betty Shuford Robertson, of Georgetown, S.C.; and dozens of dear friends whom she loved and treated like family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Del; her son Delton Stewart “Stu” Persons; brothers, Robert and Donald; and sisters, Rhoda, Rosalie and Eugenia “Gene.”
There will be a celebration of Renieʼs life at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at First Faith Community Church, 255 E. Jefferson St. (at Hancock Street), Sandusky. The service will be followed by a luncheon at the church.