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Melba Renee Woods

Melba Renee Woods, known as “Renee,” passed away January 13, 2020 in Desloge, Missouri at the age of 63 years.  She was born March 3, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of the late James William and Osie Iola (Fry) Brooks.

On August 18, 1982, she was united in marriage to Gary Franklin Woods who proceeded her in death on February 4, 2013.  Renee is survived by her daughter, April Renee Courtway and husband, Todd of Ironton, Missouri, two sisters; Essie Mae Phegley and husband, Barney of Graniteville, Missouri and Mary Beth Brooks of St. Charles, Missouri, a granddaughter; Summer Renee Courtway and fiancé, Evan Whited, her great granddaughter; Isabella Whited  as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Renee was proceeded in death by two brothers; James Gale Brooks and Woodrow Dale Brooks.  

Renee enjoyed her career as a nurse.  She liked to take care of people which she did for forty-two years.  She lovingly referred to her patients as “my people”. Renee worked at SSM Healthcare in St. Louis and Ironton for twenty-four years.  She later worked at The Villas, Potosi Manor and the past ten years at National Health Care (NHC) in Desloge.    

Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 16, 2020at  Bryson Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Webb officiating.  Visitation was prior to the service.  Interment will be in Graniteville Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Heart and Soul Hospice.  Online condolences may be made to the family at  

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