Son pens viral obituary of his mother Renay Mandel Corren

December 18, 2021
Renay Mandel Corren, 84, received a heart-felt and comedic obituary from her son.


A Texas woman who died Dec. 11 has become a hit on social media, thanks to a humorous obituary written by her son.

The obit in the Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina pays tribute to Renay Mandel Corren from El Paso, described by her son, Andy, as a “plus-sized Jewish lady redneck.” 

“Because she was my mother, the death of zaftig good-time gal Renay Corren at the impossible old age of 84 is newsworthy to me, and I treat it with the same respect and reverence she had for, well, nothing,” Andy Corren wrote in the obit. “A more disrespectful, trash-reading, talking and watching woman in NC, FL or TX was not to be found.”

The obituary makes no attempt to paint a rosy picture of Renay, who was actually known to her friends as “Rosie.”

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“She played cards like a shark, bowled and played cribbage like a pro, and laughed with the boys until the wee hours, long after the last pin dropped,” the obituary states. “At one point in the 1980’s, Renay was the 11th or 12th-ranked woman in cribbage in America, and while that could be a lie, it sounds great in print. She also told us she came up with the name for Sunoco, and I choose to believe this, too. Yes, Renay lied a lot. But on the plus side, Renay didn’t cook, she didn’t clean, and she was lousy with money, too. Here’s what Renay was great at: dyeing her red roots, weekly manicures, dirty jokes, pier fishing, rolling joints and buying dirty magazines. She said she read them for the articles, but filthy free speech was really Renay’s thing.”

The article and the obituary are being shared all over social media.

Among the survivors in the obituary are her son and daughter-in-law, “Michael and Lourdes Corren, of world-famous cow sanctuary El Paso, TX.”  

Andy Corren writes, “There will be a very disrespectful and totally non-denominational memorial on May 10, 2022, most likely at a bowling alley in Fayetteville, NC. The family requests absolutely zero privacy or propriety, none what so ever, and in fact encourages you to spend some government money today on a 1-armed bandit, at the blackjack table or on a cheap cruise.”


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