Renee Unell
1969 - 2019
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July 3, 1969 ˜ July 26, 2019

Renee Unell, 50 years old, of Camas, Washington, died in Vancouver, Washington on July 26, 2019, the victim of a senseless vehicular homicide. She was born on July 3, 1969 in East Lansing, Michigan.
Renee graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and Portland State University, where she received a Master’s degree in International Business.
She worked with a number of companies both as an employee and independent contractor.
Renee was a wonderful mother, an absolute best friend and the source of support for her children.
Renee is survived by her children, Nicholas 23, Shaelyn 20 and Kaia 8; her parents, Henry and Phyllis Robitaille; brother, Michael (Michele) Robitaille; sister, Jenna (Ben) Doran; nephews, Marcus and Ethan Robitaille; and niece, Kelsie Robitaille.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 21 years, Edward Unell (2017).
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 2, 2019 1-3p.m., with a funeral/memorial service to follow at 3p.m., at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 1101 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver, Washington 98684.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help her children. Please sign her guest book @

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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 1, 2019.
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August 2, 2019
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Jeanette Peetz
August 2, 2019
To those who read this, you don't know me. In fact, I never met Renee. However, I spoke with her on the Friday of that fateful day as she was driving her daughter from Ikea to a new apartment. New bedroom furniture had been purchased as I recall and she mentioned she was attending a birthday gathering later that evening with friends. I told her to have fun and I would circle back on Saturday AM to arrange meeting her for the very first time. During the evening party, she texted me several photos of the ladies all gathered in a room enjoying what appeared to be a wonderful evening of laughter. I thought what a wonderful group of friends she has and texted her such. I called her Saturday AM and followed with a text mentioning my earlier call. Nothing in response. I was a bit baffled, but figured such is life. I opened my morning Columbian on Thursday and was sickened to my stomach and beyond stunned at reading the obit. I had communicated with her within probably an hour of her driving away and having this senseless and tragic event happen.

I just want to express my heart-felt condolences to the family and her wonderful friends I had seen in her evening texts. I pondered attending today's funeral, but figured it would be inappropriate to be a stranger there who technically had never met her. I will never know what an amazing woman and mother she must have been. Again, my deepest sympathies to all of you who were blessed to have known this wonderful and amazing person.
Blaine Williamson
August 2, 2019
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