Renee Aleta Summers

February 9, 1958May 5, 2021
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Renee Aleta Summers of Aurora, Colorado passed away unexpectedly on May 5th, 2021 at the age of 63. She was born February 9th, 1958 in Minot, North Dakota. At a very early age, Renee’s family moved to Colorado, where they eventually settled in Westminster. Shortly after graduating from Ranum High School in 1976, Renee began working at King Soopers. She worked there for 19 years, where she met many life-long friends as well as her husband, Christopher. After suffering from a stroke at the age of 37, Renee retired and became a stay-at-home mother where she kept a very close eye on her children. She used social media as a means to connect with friends, and even make new ones out of people she had never met in person before.

Renee was a very welcoming and hospitable person who relished meeting new people and enjoyed nothing more than having a house full of people to entertain. She was well-known for inviting friends and acquaintances over for holidays, stating that it was her job to adopt those who did not have family nearby to celebrate with. Having absolutely loved Christmas, Renee amassed a large collection of decorations that she would begin setting up in October, and she never stopped shopping for more. Her ultimate goal was to have a Christmas tree in every room of her house, much to the bemusement of her husband, who had the honor of helping her set up all her decorations. Her favorite Christmas traditions included watching the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, making copious amounts of baked goods, binging the Hallmark Channel, and drinking wine while making lefse (a Norwegian flatbread) with her daughter. Renee even went as far as to learn how to make Chris’ favorite holiday dessert after the passing of his mother, and in typical Renee fashion, improved upon the recipe in the process.

Renee was also an exceedingly stubborn and determined person, a trait that she passed on to both of her children. She never wanted her health issues to slow her down, despite the major tolls they took on her body. She refused help and pity, wanting to do things on her own just to prove that she could. One of Renee’s life-long dreams was to visit Hawaii, a dream that was fulfilled on her 25th wedding anniversary. She was so looking forward to being able to make a return trip. She did not enjoy being cold, leading her to not-so-jokingly state that she was home when stepping off the plane in Maui. Renee was a Faith-Friend at her church and helped teach the 2-year-old Sunday School class for many years.

Above all else, Renee adored her family. She and her husband, Christopher, were married for over 30 years and together they had two children, Michael and Megan. Being a mom was the greatest pride and joy of her life, and anybody who met Renee could not leave her presence without knowing about her two kids whom she was immensely proud of. Renee also loved her dogs, Sugar and Pilot, as well as her so-called “granddogs”, Diamond and Riesen.

She is survived by her husband Christopher, her son Michael and daughter Megan, her sister Gayle and twin brother Ross, multiple nieces, nephews and cousins, her best friend from the age of 5, Anita, and numerous other friends that she had made throughout her life, both in person and online. She is preceded in death by her father Norman, her mother LaVonne, her brother Lance, and her dogs, Buddy, Cuddles, and Lady.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Arthritis Foundation.


  • Christopher Summers, Husband
  • Michael Summers, Son
  • Megan Summers, Daughter
  • Mitch Sevigny, Megan's Boyfriend


  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 20, 2021

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 21, 2021

  • Celebration Of Life Service

    Friday, May 21, 2021


Renee Aleta Summers

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Lisa Shaver

May 30, 2021

Sending you the angels and prayers


Joan Votrobek

May 20, 2021

I didn't think my heart could break and hurt this much. The news took my, well, I still don't have the words. We have so much history together. You're my extended family. So many memories that make me smile. I think I'll keep those for myself. I'm so thankful to have you in my life. I'll remember you, your smile, laughter and your voice. Rest in peace my beautiful friend. I love you with all my heart.

Steve and Lisa keefer

May 19, 2021

Our hearts are broken.
I went to Ranum High School with Renee.
We both were in the girls choir and wore these horrible pink dresses at the performances.
We laughed about those dresses so many times through the years.
Coincidentally, Chris was one of my husband's best friends before I ever knew him.
So when Chris and Renee got married there was an instant bond.

Chris, Michael and Megan We are so sorry for your loss.
Know we are always here for you. 💜
Much love,
The Keefer Family

Donna & Rich Lipe

May 18, 2021

We met Renee when she got married to Chris and we knew this was a match made in Heaven. We would get together with them every other month when possible for dinner. When I was going through Chemo treatments Renee would text me to make sure I was okay or if I needed anything. We would constantly text each other for everything. We will miss her dearly and we will always be there for Chris and the kids. Our hearts go out to them and also her beloved pets.

Pam Pederson

May 12, 2021

Oh Renee my KIND and SWEET friend. I am still in shock and heartbroken. I already miss you so much. You were a big part of my life. How we loved to talk about our children. Please know you were the best and I love you. I still may have to send you a corny joke and song or two! Godspeed my friend until we meet again. 💜💜💜

Aleaha Harkins

May 11, 2021

Renee was my mom’s best friend in Colorado. Their friendship began 15 years ago when Meghan and I played softball together. For the past 5 years (probably more) it seemed as though any family vacation we took, Renee was a part of it. Whether it be a weekend getaway to Estes Park or a beach vacation in Mexico, Renee was always there cracking us all up and keeping us all grounded. Our family will always cherish your words of wisdom and cherished memories. Rest In Peace. Until we meet again.

Linda Mauracher-Finley

May 11, 2021

I had the pleasure of being on our 40th high school reunion committee with Renee. I enjoyed our conversations and talking about our younger days. Renee, I am going to miss your post of your family, fur babies and sharing your Christmas trees with all of us. Rest in Peace my dear friend.

Teri Finley

May 11, 2021

I remember when our girls Megan and Miranda played competitive softball together. One night game it was in late May maybe even early June and it started snowing !!! My husband pulled the suburban pretty much right in front (behind home plate) so us moms could sit there & watch with drinks in hand. We all just sat there like little girls giggling and calling upon our husbands when our drinks were getting low. I am so so sorry foe your loss Chris, Michael and Megan. She is gone way too soon. Loving thoughts and prayers always❤️
Love, The Finley’s (Todd, Teri, Miranda & Justin)

Lori Feld

May 11, 2021

Renee and I lost track of each other after I moved away during high school. We had reconnected through social media and were looking forward to getting together before Covid shut the world down. We had many spirited political conversations and I will miss her frequent Facebook posts. The memory of Renee that is still vivid in my mind is her boarding the school bus in our sophomore year and tossing that gorgeous head of hair and looking every bit like a Nordic goddess. I regret not having the opportunity to renew our friendship in person and I know that is my loss.

elizabeth allen

May 11, 2021

RENEE we always had long phone calls, your voice would cheer me up. Have known you for 51+ yrs, an will see you again. Visited about everything , I will miss you !!
Thank You for your smiling face and the Love you cared for others.