Judith Ann Renard, age 80, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Monday, August 16, 2021, at Country Place Living in Ft. Scott. She was born September 20, 1940, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Russell and Edith Post Hammons. She attended Mapleton School as a young child, then graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1958 and later received her BS degree in Home Economics from Kansas State University in 1962. She married John Renard on May 17, 1964, in Mapleton, KS. John preceded her in death on December 20, 2019. After marriage she lived in Ellsworth, KS and was employed as the Ellsworth County Extension Agent. After a short stint in Newton, KS, John and Judy returned to make the family’s home in Fort Scott, KS in 1969. As a child, Judy always dreamed of being a shop keeper. While raising her children, she started her first downtown business, Calico Cottage, with a close friend, Bonnie Irby, in 1979. Following a fire that destroyed the Calico Cottage and John’s Main Street Shoe Repair Shop, Judy opened the Country Cupboard in 1980. For many years, this was a favorite stop for locals and the many tourists visiting Ft. Scott. She was extremely grateful for the many dedicated employees and customers throughout the years. Throughout her life, Judy was very active in 4-H and was recognized with her husband John for their lifetime leadership and volunteer roles. A strong supporter of Tri-Valley Development Services in its early years, she was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, a Founding Member of the Good Ol’ Days committee and participated in various local community organizations. Judy was dedicated to promoting Fort Scott downtown development and was recognized for her efforts by receiving the Lifetime Keystone Award in 2008. Her passion was everything K-State, especially football and basketball. She loved attending her kids, grandkids activities and all the local school sporting events. She also cherished attending family reunions and get-togethers. Judy was an active member of the First Christian Church and later attended the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Jim Renard and wife Melissa, Dallas, TX, Ron Renard and wife Geila, Marshall, MO, and Dave Renard, Mapleton, KS; a daughter DeeAnne Miller and husband Kevin, Ft. Scott, KS; a sister, Janice Camerlinck, Leonardville, KS; 4 grandchildren, Kellen Renard, Kevin Miller, Jr., Sara Todorovic and Patrick Coman; 3 great grandchildren, Vance Salazar, Lyric Coman and Violet Coman; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband John, infant sister Sandra Hammons and her parents.
Rev. Dusty Drake and Rev. Christopher Eshelman will conduct funeral services at 10:30 AM Friday, August 20th, at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Thursday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to either the Bourbon County Fair or the Good Ol’ Days and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.