Nancy Beth "Buell" Renton
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Nancy was born Sept. 12, 1926, to William (John) H. Buell and Lillian (Peggy) Boylen Buell in Pendleton, OR. Her grandparents came across the Oregon Trail from Minnesota and settled in Pendleton. She attended Lakeview High School and excelled academically as a Bernard Daily Scholar.
She attended the University of Oregon and remained throughout her life a proud member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
Nancy loved traveling, telling stories of her historic heritage, fine food and wine, reading, needlework and avidly followed Oregon Duck football and basketball.
She married the love of her life, James Menardi Renton on Aug. 27, 1947, in Klamath Falls, OR.
She is survived by her sons, James Lewis Renton II and wife, Candee, of Vancouver, WA, and Richard Michael Renton of Camas, WA. She will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Wendy Peterson and husband, Alan, James West Renton and wife, Dani, and Shannon Frame and wife, Carrie. Her great-grandchildren, Sierra, Aspen, Stella and James gave her endless joy.
Nancy will be with her son, John Buell Renton who preceded her in death March 14, 1968, and her beloved husband, James who passed June 25, 2012.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 8, 2020.
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November 15, 2020
I knew Nancy as a member of Gamma Phi Beta's alumnae group in Eugene and stayed in touch with her through Christmas cards after she moved to the Portland area. She was an involved member and one of the first people I met upon moving to Eugene. For years, she served as the alumnae group Treasurer and we sorely missed her expertise, support for the collegiate and alumnae chapters, and travel tales when she and Jim moved to Portland to be near family. My condolences to all her family.

Trudi Diffendaffer
November 14, 2020
Nancy was such a lady and friend to all her Gamma Phi Beta sorority sisters. She was initiated on January 12, 1945 into Nu Chapter at the University of Oregon. After Jim retired from the service, they returned to Eugene and she was a very active alumna member. She will be dearly missed but never not forgotten. Patti Hallin Luse
Patti Luse
November 11, 2020
Nancy is an example of a uniquely gifted individual, who used her many gifts for the sake of others. Nancy had a wonderful way of affirming people, including me while a resident at Touchmark. She was both a faithful friend and a dear sister in Christ. Rev. David C. Schroeder
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