Renae Lynn Greenough, 49, epitome of southern grace sprinkled with dry wit

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Renae Lynn Greenough
Renae Lynn Greenough

WILMINGTON — Renae Lynn Greenough, 49, made the world a more beautiful place on July 13, 1967, in Wilmington, N.C. She earned her pink wings and flew to Heaven on November 5, 2016.

The epitome of southern grace sprinkled, with dry wit, Renae was easy to spot in traffic. Adorning her Lexus was a message that read, “Honk if the Twins Fall Out.” The two greatest loves of her life are her sons, Brandon and Trevor Donaldson, who survive their mother. She proudly stood by their sides on their high school graduation day on June 11, 2016.

Renae is now reunited with her first son, Austin Trent Donaldson, who predeceased her upon his birth on Jan. 16, 1996. Surviving her is the father of her children, Cy Donaldson, to whom she was married for 22 years. They met at John T. Hoggard High School, where Renae performed as a Vikette and from which she was a 1985 graduate.

Renae’s love of flying led her to a career as a flight attendant, starting at Piedmont Airlines in 1989 and continuing with US Air. After her diagnosis, Renae ministered to fellow cancer-fighters through a labor of love, fitting them for wigs at Sheila’s.

She was a life-long member of Masonboro Baptist Church where her faith was shaped at an early age. It was that faith and her God-given determination that helped to sustain her throughout her valiant, four-year battle with Stage IV breast cancer.

In addition to her twin sons, she is survived by her beloved parents, Wayne and Linda Greenough; her beloved younger brothers, Keith (Caroline) Greenough and David (Melanie) Greenough; a niece, Madison Greenough; a nephew, Parker Greenough; and a great-nephew, Oliver, all of Wilmington. She is also survived by her Aunt Lorraine and Uncle Art Johnson, and her Aunt Lana Kaye and Uncle Greer Craig, and cousins.

She is predeceased by her grandparents, Greer and Hazel Craig, Ernie and Lottie Mae Greenough, all beloved by her. 

Lastly, she is survived by her precious spaniel mix, Sweetie, who has been her constant and faithful companion for the past 10 years, and her many beloved friends.

The family would like to thank the many health care workers at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Georgia and at Duke University Hospital in Durham, who provided treatment and hope to Renae for the past several years. A special note of gratitude goes to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, who provided aid and comfort to Renae in her peaceful transition, and to her many friends.

Please join us for a Celebration of Life at Masonboro Baptist Church on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. Preceding the memorial service, Renae’s family will receive friends at the church at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Masonboro Baptist Church, 1501 Beasley Road, Wilmington, NC 28409.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7