Renee E. Cole

Renee E. Cole

August 24, 1952 ~ November 13, 2022


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Renee was born in Silver Springs MD and grew up overseas as a State Department brat. She lived in Egypt (her favorite) Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, and the Philippines. She met her future husband in Amman, Jordan when she was in the 8th grade, and he was in the 7th grade, a younger man!

She attended Stetson University and got her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. Her parents, and her future husband’s parents, retired in Florida and the two families got reacquainted. She was married to Kenneth Monroe in Ormond Beach in 1976 and accompanied him on a wild, decades long ride to Colorado, North Carolina and back to Florida.

After settling in Vero Beach with Ken and their two daughters, Renee worked for the Indian River County School District for nearly 15 years. During that time, she managed the Extended Day Program at Osceola Magnet School, where she was fondly called “Mrs. Renee”. She was passionate about her job and deeply cherished all of the relationships she made with the students, families, and co-workers throughout the years.  She would have parents and students from years past stop her while out in public to relive fond memories, “Mrs. Renee, is that you?!”

Renee was an amazing mother to her two biological daughters, but she was also a remarkable “secondary mother” to a large cast of characters who affectionately referred to her as “Mom”. This comes as no surprise as she had a huge heart full of love and showered all those close to her with it. Renee was effortlessly kind and compassionate; she always had an open ear that truly listened and, most of the time, had sage advice to offer. She was well known for her vivacious and loving personality, her razor sharp wit and sarcasm, and of course, her boundless sense of humor. She was an incredible friend, an outstanding mother, and a loving wife.

Though her family is absolutely devastated by her loss, they take comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering and that her legacy of love and compassion will leave a lasting impact on all those who have had the pleasure of knowing her.

Renee was predeceased by her brother Jim of Daytona Beach and her parents James Robert Cole and Dorothy Cole of Ormond Beach.

She is survived by her husband Ken, and daughters, Jordan and Katie.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and dedicated to the name of Renee Cole.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.


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jaci pinge-swarts - Coworker/friend

November 21, 2022, 10:36 pm

Sending my deepest sympathy… this comes too fast in life ..the loss of our loved ones especially our parent(s)! I had the honor of knowing and working with “Miss Renee” and everyday was a great day as long as she was there!! We laughed and enjoyed being together with sometimes 130+ kids … RIP Renee May you be at peace! With love jaci

Barbara Castagna - Friend

November 22, 2022, 2:26 am

To my dear sweet Jordan & Katie…I am sorry for your loss..I always say Angels walk amongst us everyday and when their time here on earth is thru they head home to sit at our Lord’s table…ur mom a wonderful kind compassionate Strong woman who loved her family and her friends…never ever have I seen her without a smile on her face or a kind word..yes she will be missed but know this..she will guide from above and be by your side 4 high sweet angel..I will always be here for your daughters …God Bless and I say this to you…JOB WELL DONE…LOVE u 4 ever…Barbara M Castagna

Sharon Deyoe - Friend

November 24, 2022, 11:48 pm

My heartfelt condolences to Kenny, Jordan and Katie. Rene was definitely one of a kind and I was very happy to meet her and grow a friendship when our daughters were in elementary school. She had a fabulous sense of humor mixed with compassion, honesty and pure kindness. After our daughters all graduated high school and moved on we would still keep in touch. How fleeting life is. Rest easy, Rene and may the perpetual light always shine brightly upon you.

debra christopher - Friend

March 17, 2023, 7:40 pm

My heart aches. Renee was my best friend In Turkey and her passing means there is one less wonderful person on this earth. My condolences to her family and all who knew her. ❤️❤️

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