Rena Louise Bixby Harrod

June 5, 1916May 9, 2012

Rena Louise Bixby Harrod, 95, departed this life on Wednesday when her Shepherd called her home. She was born on June 5, 1916 in Davison, Michigan.

Rena was a member of North Ridge Alliance Church. She faithfully attended and served in First Alliance Church of Raleigh for nearly sixty years. Rena was defined by her deep and abiding faith in Christ which she readily displayed to others by the way she lived her life.

She is survived by her five children: Clifford Junior and wife Barbara of Clayton, Keith and wife Alice of Raleigh, Bruce and wife Kathy of Durham, Mark and wife Pam of Winston Salem and Karen Holtz and husband Tom of Roanoke, Virginia. She loved her family and prayed fervently for her fifteen grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, nine great, great grandchildren as well as her many faithful friends.

She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for the Baptist State Convention retiring at age 70. In her retirement she volunteered in numerous capacities when she was able as she loved helping and serving others. As one who suffered many years with severe restless leg syndrome, the Restless Leg Syndrome Foundation held particular significance to her as she participated in its formation in its early years.

Even as she grew increasingly blind and deaf, she modeled unconditional love and encouragement to those who were hurting, grace in adversity, and faithfulness to her Savior. In her last year, she asked God every day to reveal His purpose for keeping her on earth, and He did in a remarkable way. Until her last days, she ministered to her friends and family with loving concern demonstrated in part by exhorting others to seek forgiveness for old hurts. She was a special gift to all who had the privilege of knowing her and her ever practical nature, good sense and Godly example of steadfast faith and wisdom will be sorely missed.

The family wishes to thank all who assisted in caring for her in her final months including Alice Stewart, Tonya Lewis, Chrystine Muturi, Sharon Massenburg and Lisa Ginsberg as well as the wonderful people at Independence Village.

A celebration of her home going will be held at North Ridge Church, 7601 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh 27615 at one o’clock May 14th, 2012, with family to receive following.

Those wishing to honor her memory may do so by making a contribution to North Ridge Alliance Church Great Commission Missions Fund; Restless Leg Foundation, 1610 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901 or Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Cir., Raleigh, NC 27607.



  • Funeral Service Monday, May 14, 2012


  • Visitation to Follow at Church

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Skender Ademi

January 4, 2013

Gramma, we still think of you. May God have you in His Hand and rest in peace.

Skender, Karen's kosovar adopted son.

Lynn Tharrington

May 18, 2012

Rena was much more than a co-worker at the Baptist State Convention. She was a dear friend. We had many talks and shared many laughs as we rode to work together for several years. It was only a slight detour to pick her up and I begged her not to give me anything for the ride but she insisted and gave me a $1 a day. It was just a joy to have her company. I thought of her often and we saw each other several times since her retirement. Those hugs meant a lot! Please know that I am praying for all of you as you adjust to this earthly life without her. I know Heaven is rejoicing at her presence!

Randy and Debbie Zink

May 18, 2012

We have been gone for 26 years but remember Rena's sweet and gentle spirit from our days at First Alliance. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say. She loved the Lord Jesus with her whole heart and it showed.

Our prayers are with her family in the days to come.

William and Alice Orr

May 15, 2012

Karen, Tom and family,
We were blessed to know your mother at First Alliance Church as a young married couple. Always grace personified, steady as the Rock on Whom she stood. Our prayers are with your family. Heaven rejoices.

May 14, 2012

I offer my sincere condolences to you and your family. Having just lost my mother last year at age 94, I know the depth of your grief.

Sam Andrews

Bill Downey

May 14, 2012

To the entire family: I am so sorry for your loss, moms are so special and the loss is never expected, or easy. Mrs. Harrod led a wonderful life, and saw her family succeed, she has to be proud as she looks down upon you all. My prayers are with you in your time of mourning.

Art Burke

May 13, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Alice and your family during this time of loss. I know you are at peace with the understanding that your mother is also at peace in a wonderful place.

Carolyn Cobb

May 13, 2012

Rena lived an exemplary Christian life, witnessing to all through her actions, words and prayers. She was a blessing to all who knew her. Her family will surely miss her but she now has her deserved rest in her Lord. My love and sympathy to the family.

Ben and Gwen Harward

May 13, 2012

What a privilege to have known Rena and experienced the love of Jesus as it poured through her. Many people know Jesus and will enjoy eternity in heaven as a result of her life and testimony. Praise God!

May 12, 2012

Karen & Tom, So sorry to hear about your Mom. I know there is a lot of peace knowing she is with our Lord. Ron and Pat Williams