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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Elise Victoria Renbarger
January 24, 1932 - January 31, 2018

Place of Birth: Rural Banks, North Dakota
Residence: Watford City, North Dakota
Age: 86

Elise Victoria Gamache Renbarger was born near Banks, ND, on January 24, 1932, to David and Helen Gamache. Eli passed away January 31, 2018, of natural causes.

Eli and Vernon were married March 22, 1952, and lived on the family farm until the fall of 2009. They then made a new home at the Horizons, where Eli lived until the time of her passing.

Eli was a busy farm wife: gardening, housework, helping in the fields, kids’ activities, homemakers and ladies aid. After Vernon passed away, Eli helped Jim with harvest in the fall of 2010. She was proud to still be able to drive and unload grain trucks at the age of 78, but after a particularly nerve-wracking trip to the last field of the season, she slammed the truck door and announced, “I’m done. That’s my last trip.”

Eli loved/hated playing softball with son, James. “He always knew exactly where I’d hit the ball. He got me out every time!” She enjoyed spending “mother-daughter” time with Carolyn, even venturing to Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska, and Pensacola, FL, to visit family. Eli and Carolyn shared a love of sewing and craft projects, sometimes Eli took the lead, sometimes Carolyn did. Eli was in the process of making plans to visit her sister, Vera, and was looking forward to the fun they’d have together, as they always did.

Vernon and Eli shared their home with several foster children over many years. They also shared their love of making music, and passed that joy onto their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Eli is survived by a sister, Vera Kite; daughter Carolyn Benjamin and her family: Russel (Angela), Gabriel and Leah; Loree’(Brad) Boggess and Linley; Sheryl Borner, Tammy Benjamin and Misty Johansen and their families; and son James (Jody) and their son Cory (Amanda) and Bella.

Eli was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon, one grandson, Jeremiah Renbarger, and 8 siblings.

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Jeanette Anderson (Watford city, ND)
Feb 1, 2018
To the family of Eli: May she rest in peace. No matter where I seen her, she always had time to stop and visit and always knew who I was. She was a sweet and kind lady. She will be missed by so many.
Myra Anderson (Keene, ND)
Feb 1, 2018
I can't believe this beautiful, witty and wonderful woman is no longer with us. Heaven gained a truly amazing angel. We are better for knowing her.
Theresa McCabe (Watford City, ND)
Feb 2, 2018
Tom and I bowled couples league with Vernon & Eli for many years. They were the greatest, most caring people. Sending prayers to the family.
Margaret Renbarger
Feb 2, 2018
Jim and Family and Caroline and Family, Well heaven has another wonderful soul now. Eli was a wonderful lady. And so much fun. She will be missed by all. I'm sorry but I am working so i wont make it to the funeral. Thoughts and Prayers to all of you.
Sara Ceynar (Arnegard, ND)
Feb 2, 2018
Renbarger family~
So sorry to hear about Eli. I sure enjoyed our visits at the bank, she always had a kind and encouraging word for me. May memories of laughter and love guide you through this difficult time
Gayle Homiston
Feb 2, 2018
Jim, Carolyn and families. I was so sorry to hear about your mom. We had many good visits over the years at Horizons. She filled me in on stories of my family and I always enjoyed her so much. She will be missed by many.
Elaine Fedorenko (Watford Ciy, ND)
Feb 2, 2018
Jim and Jody. I was so sad to hear about Eli. She and I started High School together so many years ago. We have had many good visits through the years. She was a blessing to so many of us. Sorry I can't attend her memorial as we are still in Mesa. Blessings, Elaine and Gene
Shelly Rogness
Feb 2, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to the Renbarger family, I had many good visits with Eli at the Horizon! She was a very sweet lady!
Carol and Sid Moore (Franklin, Ohio)
Feb 4, 2018
We are so sorry to hear this. She was a great friend. And will be missed by many.
Larry and Tanya Andersen (Watford City)
Feb 4, 2018
To the family of Eli,
So sorry to hear of Eli’s passing.
She was a very friendly and nice lady. She’ll be greatly missed.
Ralph and Debby Skoglund
Feb 9, 2018
Praying that you’ll be surrounded by His comforting love and filled with the peace that only He can give. Our thoughts and prayers with you . God Bless You
Annette Beard (Watford City, ND)
Feb 22, 2018
Dear Friends. So sorry for your loss. Your mom will be missed at the Horizons. She always had a wonderful smile and quick wit. Love Anne
Gertrude Woehrlin (Bellingham, Washington)
Mar 1, 2018
To Eli's family: We enjoyed knowing Eli, she was a very authentic and down-to-earth person. My family enjoyed our visits to Eli and Vernon over the years. They are truly missed. Vernon was my first cousin and Eli was a wonderful addition to the family. She saw the bright side of life and had a great sense of humor. All the best to you, Gert
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