It is with sorrow for her physical loss, but also with pride fr having known her that I write the obituary of my
best friend, my Mom, Rena Vae Logan.
She was born Rena Vae Amburgey on October 17, 1936 to Simeon and Mary Amburgey of Bath,
Kentucky. On September 19, 1954 she married Francis M. Logan, Jr. of Letcher County, Kentucky and from
this union came two children: Randy of Yulee, Florida and Kathy Benvie of West Chester, Ohio. She and
Frank lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for many years and during this time she became a member of Northern New
Home Church in Goshen, Ohio. Rena thoroughly enjoyed her life as a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She
was also a homemaker and a dear friend to many. She touched many lives and made eternally lasting
impressions as she went through life in her own unique way. Giving was what Mom did best. She gave her
time, kindness, humor, and most of all her love and dedication freely and without expectations. I watched her
help several of her friends and her family members through their own personal bouts with fatal illness and
disease with 100% devotion. I’m sure this helped to prepare Mom for her won battle with cancer, because she
never complained and was able to make her own decisions about her care, while always just being her self,
strong, yet humble.
At home on November 1, 2000, with her family at her side, Mom left this life making her stay here 64 years
and 15 days. She leaves many to mourn her passing from earth and to celebrate her arrival in Heaven. These
include: her husband, Frank Logan; her son, Randy Logan; her daughter, Kathy Benvie; her granddaughters,
Jessica Logan and Brandy Logan, her brothers, Alvery Amburgey, Edgar Amburgey, Ivol Amburgey, Donald
Amburgey and Hiram Amburgey, her sisters, Pansey Combs, Hazel Gibson and Lenora Dyer; a host of nieces
and nephews and numerous other friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters,
Beatrice Sturgill and Agnes Richardson; and 1 brother, Burchel Amburgey.
I thank God everyday that I had such a wonderful Mom! Our relationship was so special and we were very
close. That’s something I’ll always treasure. She loved us all dearly and was ready to show it anytime. I’m
happy that she got to move back “down home” to Kentucky and be around so many people that loved her.
Although now farther away, I was blessed to be able to make frequent trips to spend quality time with her and
to help care for her as she fought so hard to live. We had such fun celebrating her 64th birthday, just 15 days
before her death. She was so happy and almost childlike anticipating her next visitor or phone call. She was
always so much fun to be around!
We were all very glad Mom didn’t have to endure lengthy suffering and was able to maintain a decent
quality of life almost until the end. Two days before she passed, Mom lay in her bed at home, clapped her
hands together weakly, and said, “Thank you Jesus, Thank you Lord.” These were some of her last words
that she spoke, and I know that she was ready to go and would live eternally in a much better place!
Slowly happy memories are beginning to replace sad tears, but the void in our lives will continue to be felt
daily. We cherish every moment we were given wit her and trust that these times will sustain us until we
reunite someday. Until the, we wish that all those who knew Mom would remember not only that she died, but
that she lived!
Written by her daughter, Kathy
I miss you Mom, and I love you so good!!!