Shirley Renick was just 67 when she died Thursday, March 15, 2007, of complications from the thyroid cancer that had moved to her lungs, yet remained hidden from most of us those many years she held it at bay. What a Sun Valley lady she was. She and Lud, her husband of 23 years, moved here almost as many years ago, where she skied and hiked and golfed and played and gave back to the community—all with total enthusiasm and dedication.
She was passionate about our hospital and its importance in this community. She served many years on the Wood River Medical Center's Foundation Board and, as befitting this lady who seemed to end up president of everything she took on, she was ultimately president of the board with great success. Her special giving, however, was to the patients themselves. Through the Pet Therapy Program she lightened their stay, leading first her dog Rowdy and then Latte to their bedsides.
Originally from Los Angeles, and a graduate of UCLA, she had a multi-faceted career, first in retail fashion, her degree focus, then teaching, and ultimately real estate sales, which she continued in Sun Valley with Renick Properties and ultimately Sotheby's.
Shirley's husband Lud is president of the Sun Valley City Council. Her two children, Rick Ebbert and Donna Ebbert Bernstein, live with their spouses and children, in the Los Angeles area. Her sister, Donna Phebus, and brother, Gary Walters, and their families, as well as Lud's four children and their families, will all miss our lovely Shirley. As will so many in her Sun Valley community and wherever Shirley has touched lives.
Family, friends, and the community will be celebrating Shirley's life this Thursday, March 22, at Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, she has requested that we remember her through donations to the hospital, directed to the Wood River Medical Center Foundation or the Pet Therapy Program at P.O. Box 7005, Ketchum, Idaho 83340.