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“Jackie, I have so many fond memories working with your mom. We both worked the night shift and we had some wonderful times. Take comfort in her...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Cheryl Owens - Lamar, CO - friend

“Reading the message that Ed left, I think sums it up. I, too, worked with Rena for many years, from Sacred heart to PMC. She was an excellent nurses...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Linda Springer - Lamar, CO

“Jackie, I knew some day this day would come, & now that it is here does not make it any easier. I am very sorry for your loss. Store up the memories...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Ed DePiesse - Lamar, CO - friend

“jackie---im sorry to hear about rena passing. she was a great lady. my thoughts and prayers are with you at time. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: frankie - canon city, CO - friend


Rena Viva Willard was born August 6, 1927 in Belvidere, Kansas to William and Ina (Oyler) Howell. She passed away on June 18, 2013 at Juniper Village in Lamar, CO at the age of 85.
Rena moved to Lamar from Great Bend, Kansas in 1961 with her husband, Jack and daughter, Jackie. In 1964 she returned to Kansas due to her husband's health. During that return she took nurse's aide training at Central Kansas Medical Center where she worked for a short time before returning to Lamar. In 1965 Rena began working at Sacred Heart hospital which later became Prowers Medical Center, where she became well known for her compassion and hard work. Rena enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, reading and spending time with her dogs.
Rena is survived by her daughter, Jackie Willard of Lamar, Colorado.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jack in 1971.
Memorial contributions may be made to Prowers Medical Center Auxillary in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.