Andy Corren could not bring his mother's far-flung friends and family together for a funeral after her death this month. So the writer and talent manager did the next best thing: He wrote a brutally honest obituary to let them know that his "plus-sized Jewish lady redneck" mom had died. In the obituary published in The Fayetteville Observer last week, Corren pays tribute to his mother, Renay Mandel Corren, 84, who died in El Paso, Texas.
With every line, the epitaph rattles off qualities of a sassy, unapologetic woman who lived life to the fullest. "The bawdy, fertile, redheaded matriarch of a sprawling Jewish-Mexican-Redneck American family has kicked it," Andy Corren starts. " ... There will be much mourning in the many glamorous locales she went bankrupt in: McKeesport, PA, Renay's birthplace and where she first fell in love with ham, and atheism; Fayetteville and Kill Devil Hills, NC, where Renay's dreams, credit rating and marriage are all buried; and of course Miami, FL, where Renay's parents, uncles, aunts, and eternal hopes of all Miami Dolphins fans everywhere, are all buried pretty deep."