Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mom's obituary in the Denver Post and the
Amarillo paper today.

If you knew mom we hope you'll attend the celebration of her life with us here in Denver tomorrow (Mon, 9/29) and/or post a story about her on the link via the Denver Post and Olinger's.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Martha Jane (Janie Edwards) Wren

Jane Wren, 89, of Denver passed away on September 20, 2014. A memorial service, “Tutu’s Aloha” will be held at 11am on Monday, September 29, 2014 in the Chapel of Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S. Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80222 with the Rev. Dr. John Bell and Rev. Dr. Cynthia Cearley officiating, A private family burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery.  Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary and Cemetery of Denver is in charge of arrangements. Hawaiian attire is optional. There will be a public viewing on the day before, Sunday 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Crown Hill Mortuary located at 7777 W 29th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

Martha Jane “Janie” Edwards Wren was born in Cave Springs, Arkansas on July 21, 1925 unto Fitzhugh Lee and Myrtle “Myrna” (Glass) Edwards.

Jane grew up in Amarillo TX, graduating from Amarillo High in 1943. She participated in various school activities including cheerleading and she was crowned “Queen of Amarillo High” in 1943 and later voted Most Popular.  It was while in high school she met her sweetheart John (J.E.) Edgar Wren. They were married on March 16, 1944 in the parsonage of First Baptist Church in Amarillo.

They moved to Loveland in 1949 to start J.E.’s new business, Western Merchants Wholesale Co.. Then in 1950 they moved their home and business to Denver. They were blessed with three sons, John Scott, Randy Mack and Jay Robin. J.E. passed away on November 15, 1979.

Jane was a homemaker who loved caring for her husband, their children and their home. She was a wonderful cook and while she enjoyed bowling, bridge and various games, her true love was golf. She was a longstanding member of the Ladies Golf Association at Pinehurst Country Club and the El Jebel Shriners Sand Blasters Golf Club. Jane especially loved to travel to various places but her favorite was Hawaii. She was affectionately called “Tutu” by her grandchildren, which means Grandmother in Hawaiian.  Jane was a member of Wellshire Presbyterian Church.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter in law, Mary Colleen Kenefick Wren, two grandchildren Jason Christopher Wren and Victoria Jane Wren, a brother Scott M. Edwards, Sr., her stepfather Mack D. Quarles and her close personal and family friend Ernie Snell.

Survivors include her sons, John Scott, Randy Mack and Jay Robin Wren all of Denver, her grandchildren, Regan Jane Wren Hall and her husband Tim of Denver, Brooke Elizabeth Wren Sisan and her husband Ned of Houston, TX John Thomas Wren, Allie Eliza Wren and Kathleen Jean “Katie” Wren Petcock and her husband William, all of Denver, her great grandchildren, Joshua and Monica Hall of Denver and Tyler and Jeffrey Sisan of Houston, TX, six nieces Sue Soltis of New Braunfels, TX, Karla Kay Mullins, Joan Carder, Ginger Rowell and June Miller all of Amarillo, TX, Betty Brashor of Carrollton, TX, two nephews Scott M. Edwards, Jr. of Amarillo, TX, Jack Barnwall of Las Vegas, NV, one great nephew David McCune and a great niece Kim McCune Jackson, one great-great nephew Dawson, two great-great- nieces Jennifer and Maddie , one great- great-great nephew A.J. and a great-great-great niece Sadie.

The family suggests memorial contributions to The American Cancer Society, Porter Hospice,  Al-Anon, or Wellshire Presbyterian Church.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My mother Jane Wren passes on, a great loss.

Mom with grandsons Jeffery and Tyler.
Photos of mom's 88th birthday below.

At 7:50 a.m. this morning my mother Martha Jane (Edwards) Wren passed on. She was 89 this past July.

Mom told me she was born in Cave Springs, Arkansas where her parents F. Lee and Myrna Edwards knew a doctor, but she was really from Amarillo, Texas.

Her dad was a very talented salesman but not a great father. Her mother supported the family after Lee died in 1946 with a beauty shop she had always had in her home where Mom grew up, 826 Florida.

Mom was a cheerleader and a good student at Amarillo High School, where she met my dad, John E. Wren, who was a year ahead of her.

Her senior year in high school (class of '43) she was elected school queen in the fall and most popular in the spring. She was awarded a full scholarship to Colorado Women's College, but chose to instead attended business school in Amarillo until dad was discharged from the Navy and they married March 16, 1945. In 1949 we moved to Colorado where mom and dad started Western Merchants Wholesale Company which they sold in 1969.

Mom and dad had a close circle of friends, the Cearly's (Ann was mom's best friend I imagine), the Herren's, the Smith's, the Joy's, the Deeb's and others. They played bridge each month and dad and his buddies had a poker game most months. They were members of the Valley Country Club and founding members of Pinehurst Country Club, the 26th Club, Mount Vernon Country Club, and the Denver Athletic Club, and Wilshire Presbyterian Church. They traveled in all parts of the US and the world.

Dad passed on in 1979, far too early, and in time mom became very good friends with Ernie Snell
who also belonged to Pinehurst Country Club and had a condo on the 11th fairway, as did mom. Ernie died a few years ago. They were both avid golfers and travelers.

I had the rare privilege of attending her 50th high school reunion with her and it was clear she was still the most popular with her many class mates of that greatest generation.

Mom was a great business woman, I don't believe dad would have been nearly as successful without her, a great mother, we always had clean clothes, a clean house, and a great dinner on the table at 6 p.m. She was an extraordinary grandmother to her 7 grandkids. She was a life long Presbyterian, and for the past 20 years she read an Alanon daily reading book almost every day and marked the page with the year.

God bless you Mom, thanks to you and dad for all the good memories.
We had no idea this would be the last real celebration of mom's birthday a year ago.
On the cake was a photo of the house in Loveland when we came to Colorado in 1949.

Mom with granddaughter Monica celebrating her 88th birthday a year ago last July.


Thursday, September 04, 2014

Wren College starts today. Teach for us?

I just now announced to start of Wren College. We will focus on the disciplines of adult self-directed learning and business startup.

If you have teaching experience and an understanding of adult self-directed learning, I'd like to talk with you. Also I'd like to talk with people who have teaching experience and who agree with my understanding of the business startup process, see my little book on, Daring Mighty Things. If you'd be interested in talking with me about teaching call me at (303)861-1447.

Look for more announcements soon, but for now you can join us on our primary website, join us for free until January 1, 2020, check it out: