In Memoriam : Rene Smith Millsap

Rene Smith Millsap Rene Dawn Smith Millsap - age: 45
(July 22, 1976 to September 05, 2021 )
Resident of Visalia, California

Visitation Information:
Services will be September 16th at Exeter Cemetery at 10:00am with a celebration of life to follow at Mooneys Grove Park in Visalia, Ca Arbor 14

Rene Smith-Wadkins Millsap passed away at age 45 in Fresno,Ca on Sunday, September 5th 2021 peacefully after a brave battle with illness with husband and son by her bedside. Rene was born July 22nd 1976 in Exeter,Ca to her parents Hoyt Smith and Kerry Wadkins of Visalia, with 2 younger brothers, Derek Smith and Clint Smith of Tulare. She had two sons with D.J. Dowdy(divorced), Riley Dowdy, 21 years old of Visalia,Ca and Conner Dowdy, 19 years old of Vislaia,Ca. She married Robert Millsap 44 years old of Vislaia,Ca on April 28th 2018 and became and gained her third son Nathaneal Millsap, 18 years old of Exeter,Ca and became the wife, the mom and the homemaker that they all needed and loved so much. Rene lived in the Visalia area most of her life, going to Mt. Whitney High School and working at Central Valley Testing and RMA GEOSCIENCE for the last 10 years. The joys of Rene’s life were her God, her husband, her children, her family and her friends. She loved laughing, being silly, listening to music, taking trips and so much more but most of all time with her husband and kids and family. She lived for others and never seemed to think there was another way to do it. Time spent with loved ones was a treasure to her and she was a treasure to all of us and always will be. Her kindness, her supportiveness, her sense of humor, her big heart and sometimes even her ability to fall over at any moment were just small parts that made up a spirit that was bigger than life but as gentle as a breeze. She was loved deeply by family and friends alike and returned that love freely and no matter how many words I put here they could never describe how beautiful and amazing Rene was or how much we all are better for having had her in our lives. We will cherish every moment we had though for us it was too short. We will miss you Wife until we see you again and tears will fall but we know you are home with Jesus and all those you’ve missed since they’ve been gone, looking over us, wanting to dry our eyes and tell us it will be okay, make us laugh and remind us you are always with us and we will see you again someday.
Rene is survived by her husband Robert Millsap, sons Riley Dowdy, Conner Dowdy, Nate Millsap, mother Kerry Wadkins, grand mother Velma D. Collins, brothers Derek Smith and Clint Smith and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brother and sister in laws and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her father Hoyt Smith.
“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” – John 16:22