Ranell McClendon was born on June 17, 1952 at People’s Hospital in Akron Ohio, to parents Charley Williams and Mary Louise Williams. She transitioned peacefully on Friday, August 19, 2022 at Kobacker House in Columbus Ohio.
She lived and worked in Columbus for much of her adult life. She owned and operated a family childcare business for 14 years and worked in finance for Eddie Bauer Fulfillment Services. Then lastly for AARP Metro Community Services as an Executive Administrative Assistant before retiring at the age of 65.
She will be remembered for her love of Asian culture, action movies including Martial arts films and Decor. She was also an avid stamp and coin collector as well as a collector of angels.
She was a faithful member of Equippers City Church where she was ordained Deaconess on November 13, 2016. She was also an integral part of the WORD Network, (which stands for women obedient and reaching their destiny )a forum for a diverse group of women discussing biblical principles and how they relate to every day life. She loved being a part of the seniors ministry at Equippers City Church. And was passionately involved with a variety of community outreach initiatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents Charley and Mary Williams.
To forever cherish her beloved memory, she leaves her devout children Resha ( Theodore) McClendon-Fields of Westerville Ohio, Ryan McClendon of Jacksonville Florida, Rana McClendon of Gahanna Ohio and Rena McClendon of Columbus Ohio. Sisters: Shirley workman of Juneau Alaska, Lavetta Smith of Akron Ohio, Erika Harper of Parma Ohio, and brother Charles Williams of Akron Ohio. 4 grandchildren; Briauna Portis McClendon, I’yanna Meredith, Darnell McClendon, Giavanna McClendon and a countless number of other relatives and close friends.
Our mom loved life and most importantly she loved the Lord. She was a devout woman of God. A faithful believer. She showed us what true strength, perseverance, and faith looks like. We are so fortunate and blessed to have had her on this earth as our mother, a sister, a daughter, a cousin, and a close friend. Our lives will forever be changed. Psalms 30, Verse 5 says “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning”. So, we can rejoice in the fact that she’s home…in that we can celebrate!
You can rest in heaven now Mom…We love you. Resha, Ryan, Rena and Rana.