Renise L. Smith


Renise L. Smith, age 79, of Rome, NY, passed away on May 16, 2022, with her loving family by her side. She was born in Rome, a daughter of the late Robert and Margaurite (Osborn) Yousey. In 1961, Renise graduated from RFA. After graduation she worked for Marcy and Utica State Psychiatric Center, retiring in 1993.

She spent 35 years with her lifetime companion, Leroy “Buckey” Davis, until his passing in 1999.

Renise was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Rome. She was also a member of Lake Delta Auxiliary Fire Company, and enjoyed spending her time with her beloved dog Stitch, watching movies & the Little League Games, playing BINGO, and shopping. Renise is best known for her spunky spirit and giving nature.

Renise is survived by two brothers, Donald J. (Carol) Yousey, of North Carolina, and Peter F. (Debbie) Yousey, of Rome; sisters, Mary L. Fleet, and Roberta J. Vandresar, of Hinckley; grandchildren, Aubree (Shaun) Burris, Kaelei (Jake) Spoor, Donald Barroncini, Dineé Barroncini; great-grandchildren, Paetyn, and Elias; a niece, Sheri Corrigan; among many other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughters, Deanna Barroncini, and Reneé Dupra; her lifetime partner, Leroy; and a sister, Dolores VanDresar.

A special thank you to the care team and staff at Katherine Luther Nursing & Rehabilitation throughout the years and the staff at Utica Rehabilitation & Nursing for their compassion.

There will be a graveside service for Renise at Wright Settlement Cemetery on June 17, 2022 at 2 p.m., with a Celebration of Life to follow.

Friends may consider a donation in Renise’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.