Virginia ‘Renae’ Larson Starnater (1935-2017)

Virginia (Renae) Larson Starnater, of Hemet, CA, passed away peacefully in her residence on March 22nd, 2017. She is preceded in death by her mother and father Edwin Larson and Virginia Flack, her husband Sheldon Earp Starnater “Smokey”, son Timothy Starnater, brother Gordon Flack Sr., and two sisters Rayola Kleeman and Thelma Ainsworth.

Virginia (Renae) was born March 26th, 1935 in Murray, Utah. At 16, she moved to Arbuckle with her mother Virginia and stepfather Elmer Flack, where she worked for the family business of the pheasant farm, Dog Kennels, and also worked at the Arbuckle Theater. In 1953, she married her beloved husband “Smokey” and moved to Grimes.

“Smokey” and Renae raised 3 children in Grimes and were very active in the Grimes community. In her early 30s, she went to school and became an LVN. Renae was also a florist and worked part-time at Richie’s Florist in Colusa, CA.

Renae was a kind and gentle soul. She would help anyone. She knew if they needed it. She loved her family deeply. In 2013, she moved to Brookdale Assisted Living, Hemet, CA, and, the first year she was there, she became Queen for the year, because that’s how much she was loved by her community there.

Renae was a great mother to her 3 children Richard Starnater, Michael Starnater and Cynthia Starnater-Willison, grandchildren April Starnater, Chad Starnater, Shannon Starnater-Landis, Camedon Stallard, Kjersti Stallard, and great grandchildren Teygan Starnater, Lincoln Stallard. Renae will be truly missed by the people that loved her the most. Rest in peace, our sweet Angel.

Graveside service will be held Saturday, April 1st at 11:00 a.m. at Grand Island Cemetery, Grimes. Reception will be held at the Grand Island Fire Dept, Grimes.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Grand Island Cemetery District or Grand Island Fire Dept.

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