Renee Lawley died in Denver July 7, 2017, after suffering serious health problems for several years. She was 54.
She was born Jan. 23, 1963, in Denver and moved to Paonia when she was seven. She was the valedictorian for Paonia High School in 1981. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Mrs. Lawley is survived by her parents, Paula and Thomas Lawley; her sister, Sunshine Lawley; a niece, Bella Merchant; and a nephew, Jesse Merchant, all of Santa Fe, N.M.