An El Paso woman who recently passed away is going viral, and it's all thanks to her son's sassy and catty obituary.  

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Earlier this week, Andy Corren, one of the sons of the late Renay Mandel Corren of El Paso, wrote an obituary so hilarious and tender honoring his mom that we're sorry we never had a chance to run into her around town.

Reading through his memory of Renay makes us feel like we missed out on knowing one strong and astonishing woman of epic proportions.  

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Andy Corren opens his mother's obituary which appeared in the Fayetteville Observer by writing: 

"A plus-sized Jewish lady redneck died in El Paso on Saturday."

Corren's insightful obituary opens the door to those of us who never had the pleasure of meeting his mother, giving us a sneak-peak into the adventurous life of Renay Mandel Corren.

Her son goes on to say:  "...the bawdy, fertile, redheaded matriarch of a sprawling Jewish-Mexican-Redneck American family has kicked it...There will be much mourning in the many glamorous locales she went bankrupt in: McKeesport, PA, Renay's birthplace and where she first fell in love with ham, and atheism; Fayetteville and Kill Devil Hills, NC, where Renay's dreams, credit rating and marriage are all buried; and of course Miami, FL, where Renay's parents, uncles, aunts, and eternal hopes of all Miami Dolphins fans everywhere, are all buried pretty deep. Renay was preceded in death by Don Shula."

From her bad credit score to her love of ham, Renay was an extraordinary woman who also spent some time in Maimi, where many of her family and friends are buried, including the hopes of "Miami Dolphins fans everywhere."  (Sorry Miami fans, that one had us in stitches.)

Corren goes on to say that his mother "died at the impossible age of 84" and that she was "...a Yankee Florida liberal Jewish Tough Gal who bowled 'em in Japan, rolled 'em in North Carolina and was a singularly unique parent. Often frustrated by the stifling, conservative culture of the South, Renay turned her voracious mind to the home front, becoming a model stay at home parent, a supermom, really, just the perfect PTA lady, volunteer, amateur baker and-AHHAHAA HA! HA! HA! Just kidding, y'all!"

The more I read Renay's obituary, the more I fell in love with who she was in life.  

Andy Corren mentions that while many people and circumstances tried to kill his mother, "Renay could not be killed" and that she had been toying with death for "decades, but always beating it and running off in her silver Chevy Nova... Neither could pneumonia twice, infections, blood clots, bad feet, breast cancer twice, two mastectomies, two recessions, multiple bankruptcies, marriage to a philandering Sergeant Major, divorce in the 70's, six kids, one cesarean, a few abortions from the Quietly Famous Abortionist of Spring Lake, NC or an affair with Larry King in the 60's."


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Her son goes on to list all the family, friends who will miss her, including "her favorite son, the gay one who writes catty obituaries in his spare time, Andy Corren, of - obviously - New York City."

Finally, after his brutal and vivid obituary, Andy Corren gets sentimental and closes out by saying, "Forever. Please think of the brightly-frocked, frivolous, funny, and smart Jewish redhead who is about to grift you, tell you a filthy joke, and for Larry King's sake: LAUGH. Bye, Mommy. We loved you to bits."

Andy Corren, your mom, sounded like a blast - a woman who knew how to live life to the fullest, and we send you and your family much love from her last hometown of El Paso, TX. May Ms. Renay rest in peace and thank you for sharing her memory with all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

RENAY MANDEL CORREN 10 MAY 1937 - 11 DEC 2021

To read Renay Mandel Corren's full obituary click HERE

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