With her nephew and niece at her side, Rene Childress passed away peacefully in her home on March 17, 2016. Born Irene Marchak in Taylor, Pennsylvania, Rene graduated from Abington High School, Class of 1957. While at Abington, she was the recipient of the Betty Crocker award, given to the outstanding home economics student. She earned her degree from Keystone College in La Plume, PA. She obtained her Georgia Broker’s license and worked independently on marketing and development feasibility studies in the Southeast.
In Atlanta, Rene met and married William Henderson Childress in 1968. They spent most of their married life together in Alpharetta, Georgia, where they were active members of the Atlanta Athletic Club and the Atlanta Athletic Yacht Club at Lake Lanier. Rene’s many passions and talents included: painting, sewing, knitting, decorating, cooking, and entertaining.
In 2004, Rene and her husband, Bill, retired to Amelia Island, where they were members of the Amelia Plantation Chapel and the Golf Club of Amelia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Childress, and her brother, Myron Marchak. Survivors include: sisters, Anna Gerrity of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania and Susan Kryzmienski, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania; Nieces and nephew include; Myron Marchak Jr. and Marlene Morris, Susan Elaine Robinson and Joseph Kryzmienski Jr., Joseph Gerrity Jr. (Carrie), Maggie Felton (Glenn), and David Gerrity(Louise), and several great-nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held for family members at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Rene’s behalf to the Council of Aging, 1367 S.18th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
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