Oct. 28, 1924 — Sept. 20, 2017
Renee was born in San Francisco to Richard and Berenice Gross. She attended Lowell High School, and earned a degree in microbiology at University of California, Berkeley. She worked in public health for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Alaska in Juneau and Fairbanks.
Renee retired, and then traveled the U.S. by recreational vehicle with her beloved cat, Jade. She later published a travelogue of her cross-country adventures. She often wintered with her friends in Kingsville, Texas. She settled in Mount Vernon, Washington, and finally in Seaside, Oregon.
An avid bridge player, she was a member of Juneau, Fairbanks, Mount Vernon and Seaside American Contract Bridge League clubs. She attended numerous contract bridge tournaments across the country. In high school, Renee and her twin sister, Ella, were All-Western Team Four champs, winning at historic Treasure Island. As an adult, she achieved her goal of becoming a Life Master. She was an evangelist for the game until the very end, inviting everyone she met to come and play bridge.
She was a nature lover, and passionate supporter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and animal advocate groups around the globe.
Renee was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Gross. She is survived by her sister, Ella Driscoll, and niece Danielle Driscoll.
Family and friends are invited to attend her memorial service on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m. at Hughes-Ransom Mortuary, 220 N. Holladay Drive in Seaside, Oregon.
In lieu of flowers, please make a small donation in her name to one of the following charities: the ASPCA; Spay & Neuter Thrift Shop of Seaside, Oregon; Jean Gross Memorial Scholarship at the University of Alaska Southeast; and Gross/Clark Scholarship at San Francisco State University.
Hughes-Ransom Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.hughes-ransom.com to share memories and sign the online guest book.