Rena Hoover

Jul 11, 1925 - Jul 14, 2021

East Lawn Memorial Park
4300 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA, 95819


On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Rena Virginia (Bailey) Hoover, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away at the age of 96.

Rena was born on July 11, 1925 in Dundee, Mississippi to Eli and Mary Etta (Spratlin) Bailey. She received her Master’s Degrees in Mathematics from Wood Junior College in 1947 and in Education from Delta State University in 1949. She taught mathematics in Clarksdale, MS and Fresno, CA before accepting her position as Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at Sacramento High School in 1963. She married Norman Clark Hoover on December 18, 1958. They raised one son, David, and one daughter, Mary.

Rena had a passion for learning and for teaching. She was equally known for her love of God.

Rena was preceded in death by her husband, Norman, and her five brothers and five sisters. She is survived by her children David and Mary, her grandchildren Jordan, Dylan, Brady, and Blake, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Donations in her memory may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and to Shriners Hospitals for Children.


  • Wanda Marie Gooch says:

    Ms Rena

    I’m really going to miss “You” and your wisdom I learned a lot from you. I’m glad you came into my life.

  • Alice Holland says:

    I love you Mrs Rena you will be truly missed it was a joy getting to know you and your family and friends we were two peas in a shelf . Now you and Mr Hoover are back together again RIP my friend

  • Clarice Bettencourt says:

    Rena, you have been a solid example to me as a woman of faith. Having a strong Christian sister helped me be a better person in so many ways. It has been an honor to know and love you for many years at Southside Community Church. You will be missed but I know you are blessed to be in the Presence of your Lord and Savior.
    RIP Clarice B.

  • Loretta F Young-Watkins says:

    Dear Rena, I really miss you. How you loved for me to read the bible to you &our discussion of the scriptures was priceless. I miss your sweet & loving words of encouragement for me and my family. You definitely made a difference in my life & all of those you came in contact with. RIP dear Rena.

  • Quan Lam says:

    Dear Mrs. Hoover, you were my teacher, my mentor, my colleague, and a dear friend. We shared so much memory and all of them are good and loving. You gave us so much and never asked anything in return except for our love and friendship. I am very lucky to have known you for over 55 years. It is really my honor. Our life would not be the same without your guidance and friendship. Mrs. Hoover, rest in peace
    we love you and we will miss you…so so much.

  • Sandra Kelso says:

    Aunt Rena, You were a shining light of hope for so many of us. You were an inspiration to me in my educational journey. It was a pleasure to be with you for dinner a few times in California and a delight to have you visit me in Mississippi. You will always be remembered as a genteel lady.

  • Loren Peters says:

    Dear Rena, what a great blessing it is to know you. Thank you so much for your great love and care for Linda and me. We are happy to tell others of your faithful love and service for our Lord Jesus. Dear sweet one we know exactly where you are. You have just departed to be with Christ, which is “far better.” And perhaps we will be there shortly.
    For the Lord! Loren and Linda Peters

  • Carol Kohler says:

    My deepest sympathy to both you Mary n David. Rena was the last of my “Senior Saints “. One of a wonderful group of “Women of Noble Character”. She lived her life for her “ faith, family and friends, a rare quality in this days world. I so miss our almost nightly calls; the concerns and laughs we shared over these last 25 years. She loved you both, her grandsons and friend’s unconditionally and without exception- as her Savior does! May the Lord be your comfort.

  • Judy B. Hale. says:

    I will miss our phone talks and personal talks when you came to Mississippi. I was taught to get my education by my parents and I am so thankful for getting it. I will miss you, but will be with you again. You were more of an. Aunt than a cousin. from Judy BAILEY Hale and my clan of Baileys from Dundee.

  • Teresa Bailey Hargett says:

    Prayers for Mary & David during this difficult time. Love from Mississippi.

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