Renee Ellen Bray

September 17, 1979 - July 11, 2008

Renee Ellen Bray, age 28, of McKinney, Texas, passed away July 11, 2008, in McKinney. Renee was born September 17, 1979, in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. She graduated valedictorian of her class at ATI Career Training Center. Renee was a certified respiratory therapist employed at Dallas Diagnostic Association in Plano, Texas. She was also a member of Stonebridge Church. Renee gave the gift of life to a local lung recipient. She is survived by her parents, Ken and Beth Bray of McKinney, Texas; daughter, Savannah Mitchell also of McKinney, Texas; brother, Brad Johnson of Dallas, Texas; fiancé, Max Uvalle of Plano, Texas; soon to be step-daughter, Gabrielle Uvalle; grandparents, Don and Darlene Gudakunst of Florida and Everett and Gwen Bray of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; great-grandparents, Bill and Mary Bechtel of Lima, Ohio; great aunt and uncle, Sharon and Ray Binkley; uncles, Steve and Mitch Bray, and Johnny Johnson; aunts, Linda Habovic, Beth Johnson, and Becky Zimmerman. She was preceded in death by her great-great-grandparents, Larry and Katherine Gudakunst, Mildred Keller, Howard and Ruby Bray, and Levi and Vivian Griffith and grandparents, Jim and Charlene Johnson. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas with Pastor Bracey Wilson officiating. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Tuesday evening. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a trust fund for Renee’s daughter, Savannah Madison Mitchell, c/o Kendal O. Bray or Beth A. Bray, Bank of America, 7150 Virginia Pkwy., McKinney, TX, 75071.

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Mom, I miss you so very much. Your were the sister I never had except as a mom. I truly believe that God and Jesus are loving you right now. I will always love and miss you no matter how far away you are from me. As every day goes by, I truly know that you are watching down on me and thinking that I have grown up to be a beautiful young girl. Love you always -Savannah Bray Savannah Madison Bray, January 8, 2018 I LOVE YOU BABY. YOU WERE MY DAUGHTER MY BEST FRIEND.IT HAS BEEN ALMOST A YEAR. ITS GETTING A LITTLE EASIER,BUT IT STILL HURTS ALOT. LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU MUCH BABY BETH BRAY, July 6, 2009 Renee and I have known each other for a very long time. We were best friends in middle school. We remained close for many years to come. She was the maid of honor at my wedding. She was one of the most kind hearted people I have ever had the joy of meeting. I am thankful and blessed to have been able to have her in my life. Ken and Beth were like a mom and dad to me. I love you all and miss you so very much. There will always be a special place in my heart for Renee. Love and Prayers for you guys. Max, I never had the pleasure of meeting you. What I do know is you brought great joy to Renee. For that I am thankful. I am very sorry for what you all must go through. Love you all, Amanda Amanda Shirley (Robinson), September 14, 2008 Renee truly was a great human being. I too remember her from high school as we sat in the same row during our graduation. My she rest in peace and know that she in spirit is now watching over us just like she did in person. Mathew Kolodzie, July 30, 2008 Renee was truely my bestfriend, I remember the time's that she would come up and visit, but the one that sticks out the most is the day I met her. She was so friendly and I was so pregnant with my daughter, Renee came to stay with me just in case I went into labor and we became the best of friends, she has been a very important part of my life as well as My daughters. Renee had such a loving and caring spirit about her and when she was blessed with Savannah it just made her heart bigger. I know that she was truely happy this past year and so thankful to god for giving her Max and Gabby, I am so sorry for your loss. To her family I know it can not be easy to have the heartache of laying your child to rest, so for that I want to send my greatest sympathy. I know that Savannah will grow up with great memories of her mother. Trina Marie Page, July 28, 2008 I loved Renee so much. She was my soon to me step mother. She was such a loving and sweet person to me and i will never forget her. My dad had never been this happy. I loved her mom and dad. I love Savannah with all my heart she is my little sister no matter what. i will miss her so much ! Gabrielle Jade Uvalle, July 27, 2008 My deepest sympathies to the Bray and Uvalle families. Renee had truly made a mark in the hearts of everyone and was an inspiration to us all. In high school, Renee was an amazing friend. She always had an optimism about her that was admirable and a smile that was contagious. Undoubtedly, Renee is spreading her wings and dancing among the angels. Danielle Blendowski (Hepp), July 23, 2008 I knew Renee from high school. She was a caring, loving and fun person to be around. Her smile will forever be in my memories. She was a beautiful inside and out. My deepest sympathy to her family and daughter. Noelle Conway, July 21, 2008 I knew Renee in High School and I remember all fun we had. She was a great person to have known. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Jennifer Radigan, July 21, 2008 I went to high school with Renee and hearing this news brings great sadness. I was out of touch with her for sometime, but in the past 2 years, we started catching up and every time I heard from her she was so happy and grateful of the things she had. She would go on and on about her daughter and how proud she was. No matter what came Renee's way, she was always able to make the best of it and put on that smile. The memory I have always had with me is celebrating her 18th birthday with her back in high school. My thoughts and prayers go out to her daughter, her significant other, and the rest of her family. God Bless you Renee. Ken Klobus, July 21, 2008 My deepest sympathies to Renee's family, daughter and fiance. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Renee was truly a genuine person....sincere, cheerful and someone whose personality and smile was infectious. May we all take comfort in the fact that she was truly happy before she passed. While her passing was truly unfortunate and untimely, our loss here on earth was heaven's gain. Michelle Devine, July 21, 2008 My biggest memory of Renee was at her 18th birthday party. We were riding with my friend Ken in my car and we got into a pretty bad car wreck. She was so supportive helpful on that terrible night. I will never forget that. I feel blessed to have had her as a friend and thankful to have had the opportunity to catch up with just a few weeks ago. Patrick Jason Baker, July 21, 2008 Max and Family, So sorry for your loss, She was a beautiful person.Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Kari Alvarado, July 15, 2008 You were a joy to me & all At DDA. You will be missed more then you'll ever know. You will always be in my heart. Verna Boyd, July 15, 2008 To the Bray & Uvalle family. Renee will never be forgotten. She was always the kind and sweet person that we knew. She will always be missed by everyone. Love, Mike, Michelle & kids Michelle Castillo, July 15, 2008 To be absent from the body is to be present with our Lord. Our loss is His gain. I do know this feeling of loss and my heart's love goes to all in your family. May the love and peace of Jesus comfort you! Karen Jo White, July 15, 2008 Max I am extremely sorry for your loss. I didn't spend a lot of quality time with Renee but, her impression was everlasting. She always had a smile and seemed very compasionate about life and her daughter. She brought a special child into this world and Chase adores her. Now, her beautiful daughter can share her wonderful memories with everyone who crosses her path. It is better to have loved that to have never loved at all. Yes, from the looks of it she taught you and everyone around her to love like they never loved before. May God continue to be with us all during this time. He will give us strength everyday. Mary Alvarado, July 15, 2008 My thoughts and prayers go out to you, the family in this time of need and sadness. I am honored to have known her as a coworker and friend. She was a remarkable person and mother. She will be greatly missed. Susan Chavez, July 14, 2008 To The Bray Family, I am sorry to learn of your loss. I know it is hard to deal with this loss. Please allow God's Word to comfort you. At John 5:28,29, it state in part, "Do not marvel at this because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tomb will here his voice and come out." Yes , God is going to empty the gravels and we will reunit with our love ones. That is what God has promises. Julia Brown, July 14, 2008 I only met Rene a few times but what I know about her is how loving she was to my daughter Gabrielle. I know she would have been a wonderful step mother to my daughter and Gabrielle loved her very much. I just want Max and Rene's family to know you have our love and you are on our prayers. Virginia Yvette Cobb, July 14, 2008 Savannah, Max, Gabrielle and Family My heart goes out to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers always. God always takes the best, and Renee was the best to us all. May God be with you and keep you strong. Love, Elaine, Sean and Cody Poore. Elaine Poore, July 14, 2008 TO MY BELOVED BROTHER;& RENE'S FAMILY,I WAS SO SADDENED ABOUT YOUR LOSS,BUT OH WHAT A GAIN FOR THE LORD,I PRAISE GOD FOR THE STRENGTH HE HAS GIVIN TO YOU DURING THIS TIME AND THE STRENGTH HE WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE FROM HERE ON OUT TILL HE CALLS US. I LOVE YOU ALL, LUPE MCKENZIE LUPE MCKENZIE, July 14, 2008 Max, Gabrielle, and family. We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Kirk and Kim Johnson Kirk Patrick Johnson, July 13, 2008 I only met Renee on a few occasions so I did not know her very well. What I can say is that she was incredibly wonderful with my niece Gabrielle. I will always appreciate how quickly she and her parents took to Gabby and accepted her into their family. Renee was a special person who left an indelible mark in Gabby's life. She will never be forgotten. Robyn Marshall, July 13, 2008