George Gerald Rensink: Birth: 24 JAN 1935. Death: 3 APR 1998
Note: Publication: Lewiston Morning Tribune (ID) Published: January 9, 2003 Page: 9A Headline: Dorothy W. Rensink, 89, Prosser, Wash. Kooskia resident Dorothy Washburn Rensink passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003. at Prosser, Wash., Memorial Hospital. She was 89. On March 18, 1913, Dorothy Lee Washburn made the world a brighter place by joining its population. She was born to Joseph F. and Mary E. Washburn at their home in Kearney, Neb. When she was 5 years old, the family moved to Briggsdale, Colo., where there was opportunity for farming on a larger scale. Dorothy, a true cowgirl, rode her horse to school throughout her early years. She attended elementary school at Coleman School and secondary school at Briggsdale High School. She completed business college in Greeley, Colo., and worked there for a year. In her senior year of high school, she met George C. Rensink, whom she later married June 30, 1933. In 1947, they traveled to Kooskia on a hunting trip. While they were there, they purchased a home and moved in June 1948. Dorothy and George had two children. George Gerald was born in 1935, and Donna Lea was born in 1941. For many years, they enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling and searching for Native American artifacts. George was a Shriner and member of the Jackass Patrol. He and Dorothy traveled many miles to participate in these activities. He passed away May 13, 1977, at Syringa Memorial Hospital in Grangeville. Dorothy continued to live in their home until 1982. Her daughter moved her to Grangeville after a vicious robbery, during which she faced down the intruders with a pistol and shotgun. For her bravery she became known as "The Gutsy Lady." In 1984, Dorothy moved to Coeur d'Alene. She lived and traveled with her daughter, Donna, from 1992 through 1999, when she moved to Prosse, and the Sun Terrace Retirement Center. Dorothy was an active woman throughout her life. She was president of the PTA, a member of the Idaho and Colorado garden clubs and election boards, and the Coleman Community Association. She was also very involved in the activities of her children and grandchildren, including 4-H, Job's Daughters, school sports, theater and camping. She was a member of PEO Chapter CB in Coeur d'Alene, Daughters of the Nile in Lewiston and the Order of Eastern Star in Greeley. As a member of the Prairie Nile Club in Grangeville, she helped provide for gifts and the needs of children in the Shriners Hospital in Spokane. She participated in many cancer drives. She loved to dance, both square and ballroom styles. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, George; five sisters, Ora Doly, Thelma Causey, Elsie Sheller, Inez Christensen and Vera Cunningham; three brothers, Elbert, Roy and Lloyd; her son, George Gerald Rensink; and granddaughter, Shelley Rensink. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Robinett Owens; three grandsons, Eric Rensink, Craig Robinett and Brad Robinett; three great-grandchildren, Dain Rensink, Zachary Rensink and Morgan Robinett; two step great-grandchildren, Cheriese and Tara Rhode; and 11 nieces and nephews. Dorothy will be laid to rest by her beloved husband's side at 2 p.m. Friday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. Dorothy Lee Washburn Rensink is loved and admired by all who have known her through the years and will be sorely missed by all of us as well.
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