René Elise Hoxie-Papineau, 62, of Traverse City, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 with her family by her side.
She was born to the late Grant and Marvel (Gokey) Papineau on Aug. 23, 1957. René grew up with her loving parents and six siblings in Beulah.
She attended Benzie Central Schools before attending Northwestern Michigan College.
She spent summers playing in the waters of Lake Michigan, relishing in family trips to the Upper Peninsula and making lifelong memories with her siblings and close-knit group of childhood friends.
René absolutely adored her son, Grant, and loved him fiercely. She took pride in supporting his love of racing, from cars to snowmobiles.
René loved any gathering that brought together family and friends, hiking the beaches no matter what time of year, collecting seashells from her travels, nurturing the flowers in her garden, baking for all those near and dear to her and exploring God's great country with her boyfriend, Joseph Miller.
Her inquisitive mind, love of organization and passion for helping others brought her to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department, where she served proudly as the evidence control officer since 2002.
René is survived by her son, Grant (Krista) Hoxie; six siblings, Roger (Carole) Papineau, Mary (Philip) Hoyt, Cleone Papineau, Peter (Jane Miller) Papineau, Charles Papineau and John (Martha) Papineau; and by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her significant other, Joseph Miller; her parents; and her brother-in-law, Philip Hoyt.
The family wishes to thank all of those who loved René and have supported them through this difficult time.
Friends may visit one hour prior to the funeral Mass, which will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m., at St. Ann Catholic Church in Frankfort. The Rev. Msgr. John Porter will serve as celebrant. Lunch and fellowship will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in René's name to the Grand Traverse Region Public Safety Alliance, 897 Parsons Road, Traverse City, MI 49686-3650.
Arrangements have been provided by Jowett Family Funeral Homes.
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