Peaceful 09

Renae Lujun Williams-Day

April 17, 2022


Renae Day, 61, of New Madrid, Mo, formerly of Moberly, passed away peacefully at her home on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 surrounded by her husband and family.

Renae, affectionately known as “Nae-Nae”, was born in Moberly to the late Reverend W.C. and Mayme Williams on April 26, 1960.  She was educated in the public schools of Moberly, where she loved being a part of the cheerleading squad and a student of her older brother, Gregory Williams.  She graduated with her Associates degree from Moberly Area Community College.  On April 24, 1982 Renae married Charles Stephenson Jr. in Marshall and to this union three daughters were born; Raven Stephenson, Tiffany (Aaron) Cook, and NaTisha (Reggie) Palmer all of Marshall and a bonus son Christian (Keonna) Stephenson of Columbia.

She married Travis Day of New Madrid, May 17, 2003.  They were the personification of love and were inseparable.  With each smile, laugh, and hug they poured into each other and loved each other out loud everyday.

Renae held various administrative positions including at Pilgrim Rest Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Orscheln Farm & Home, Moberly Regional Hospital, Riceland.  Her most recent endeavor was working at Powerhouse Community Development Corporation as a Billing Assistant for Recovery Support Services and as a coordinator for the Fatherhood Program until her health began to decline.

Renae was an avid singer, she enjoyed listening to gospel music and singing in the choir: Heaven Scent, Pilgrim Rest Mt. Olive Baptist Church (PRMOBC) and choirs at other special events throughout the state.  One of her favorite songs was “I Won’t Complain” by Rev. Paul Jones, which later became her personal testimony.  Renae’s passion for life was fueled by her love for her husband; Travis Day, her daughters, and her grandchildren.  She especially loved traveling with her husband, watching him coach basketball and family getaways with her sisters, daughters and nieces.

Renae will be best remembered for her warm heart, her infectious smile and impactful encouragement.  Renae had the gift to make any person that was mad or sad to glad with laughter.  Her “comical commentary” about your cooking, your singing, your outfit, your basketball team or football team, your hair, and your weight were the basis of her comedy.

Renae will be profoundly missed by all she encountered.  Survivors include: husband of 19 years: Travis Nathaniel Day. Cherishing her precious memory; her daughters whom she loved dearly; her grandchildren: Iyan Kemper, Chaztin Stephenson, Akelyha Palmer, LaDarion Cook, Mason farmer, Kaleb Cook, Sian Palmer, Noah Hoskins, Kylee Cook, Lillianna Cook, Kyra Cook, Laycee Cook, and bonus grandson, Baby Charles III.

Surviving also include: Mother, Mayme Dean Williams, sister, Lorna (Maurice) Miles, brothers James Williams all of Moberly, Willie (Diane) Williams of Kansas City, Brian (Ethel) Williams of Moberly, sister-in-law, Sharon Williams of Houston, TX, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, the late Reverend W.C. Williams, a sister Cheryl Young, a brother Gregory Williams, a sister Cecelia Williams-Ganaway, a nephew William “Little Willie”, Noah Williams, and a godson Patrick Johnson, Jr.

Words of comfort and support may be shared with the family at a visitation Friday, April 29, 2022, 4 pm – 6 pm at Cater Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services honoring and celebrating Renae’s life will be held Saturday, April 30, 2022, 1pm at Timberlake Christian Church with Pastor Charles Lee Stephenson Jr., of Powerhouse Ministries, officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery.



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