Rena Beth A. Caldwell, 94, of Warrenton, a beloved mother and wife, was called to her eternal resting place on March 11, 2017.
She entered this world Oct. 5, 1922, in Plainview, Texas, born to the late Elmer Roscoe and Susan Golda Anderson.
A longtime resident of Plainview, Mrs. Caldwell moved to Warrenton in 2004 to be near her family. She was an active, lifetime PTA member, serving as president several years. She also was active in the Elks Lodge, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Presbyterian Church as well as the LPA (Little People of America), with her daughter.
Mrs. Caldwell retired as the vice president of customer service at Sunbelt Savings and Loan in 1988. Her joys in life were her faith, her family, travel and various hobbies.
She had an extraordinary life for an ordinary woman, wife and mother. She was born the youngest of two daughters of two amazing parents. Her father rode the cattle drives as a chuck wagon cook at age 14 and later lived in a dirt dugout cabin on a ranch. Her mother arrived in Texas in a covered wagon from Arkansas and drove a one-horse buggy to teach in a one-room school house. Her parents provided the foundation for Mrs. Caldwell’s life values.
Growing up during the Great Depression, she learned the value of money and the importance of relying on family to survive hard times.
“I do believe our mom could go shopping with one dollar and return home with clothes for us kids and still have 94 cents in change,” said her son, Frank Laurel Barnes III. “Many would say she was cheap or frugal. We say she was wise with money and passed that trait to us. She would save everything, saying that you never know when you might need it.”
In her late teens, World War II became a reality. In her 20s, she met her future husband while he was in flight training near the town where she lived. They got married and she followed him all over the United States to various bases while he was in training.
As things in her life came and went, Mrs. Caldwell never complained about her situation or asked for anything. She simply relied on her faith in God to provide, and He always did. She survived three husbands.
Survivors include her children, Frank Laurel Barnes III, Robert Anderson Barnes and Susie Barnes Campbell; eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Her husband, J.R. “Jake” Caldwell, and a sister, Golda Glynn A. Turner, preceded her in death.
She will be buried in the Plainview IOOF Cemetery in the family plot. A graveside memorial service celebrating her life will be held during the summer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association