November 13, 1946 ~ August 21, 2022

Born in: Baytown, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

Renée Barsalou Frisbie died peacefully August 21, 2022 in the home that she loved with her husband and daughter by her side. She was a kind, genteel lady with an enduring inner strength and bravery, always caring more about the welfare of others than herself.
Renée was born in Baytown, TX, on November 13, 1946 to Joseph and Modelle Barsalou. She spent her early childhood in the Humble/Exxon company housing area making many lifelong friends. Her family then moved to Houston where she graduated from Memorial High School. She attended Stephens College in Missouri, then transferred to the University of Texas earning a Bachelor’s degree in Education (1970), and then earned a Master’s degree in Reading Diagnosis (1974) from Baylor University.
Renée briefly taught school in Houston and then underwent a career change and established a successful career in advertising, public relations and marketing. She held executive positions with the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Austin American Statesman, and Texas Monthly Magazine. Renée married Ray Frisbie in 1981, moved to College Station and formed her own business, Frisbie and Associates Public Relations and Advertising.
Renée and Ray welcomed their daughter, Katelan, into the world in 1986. Renee reduced her professional activities to raise her beloved daughter and dedicate herself to public service. A lifelong public servant, she was a member of Leadership Brazos and Leadership Texas and served on the boards of Brazos Beautiful and the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, as well as the College Station PTO. She was President of The Woman’s Club in Bryan-College Station. Her love was family, but her passion was gardening. She was a Master Gardener and co-chaired the Texas A&M University Women’s Club Garden Interest Group.
Renée is preceded in death by her parents and her older brother, Joseph R. Barsalou, III and his wife Linda. She is survived by her devoted husband of 41 years, her daughter, and her siblings: Elizabeth Hummer, Robert Barsalou, Austin Barsalou, David Barsalou, and her sisters-in-law Shirley Leyva and Patsy Walters, along with their respective families.
In lieu of flowers, Renée would deeply appreciate donations in her remembrance to: Cancer Clinic, 2215 E. Villa Maria Rd. Suite 110, Bryan, TX 77802; The Gardens at Texas A&M c/o The Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Blvd, College Station, TX 77840; or M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic, Development Office, c/o Ovarian Cancer “Moonshot Program,” 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030
Renée’s life will be celebrated 2:00 pm September 24th at Stella Hotel 4100 Lake Atlas Dr, Bryan, TX 77807.

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Celebration of Life Tribute: September 24, 2022 2:00 pm

Stella Hotel
4100 Lake Atlas Dr
Bryan, Texas 77807

(979) 421-4000

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  1. Renee was a kind and beautiful soul who will be dearly missed. Her spirit and bravery in the face of adversity is an inspiration to us all. My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to her husband Ray, daughter, and family. Sending hugs and love.

  2. Renee was a beautiful person inside and out! She had such a sweet personality and added so much to the Brazos County Master Gardener Association. She will be missed.

  3. Renee was a compassionate woman & a special Brazos County Master Gardener friend. She always wore a smile & was kind & witty. Hugs to Ray & all her family. Keep those memories of her close as she lives on in your hearts.

  4. I knew Renee through the TAMU Women’s Club Gardening Group. I don’t believe I ever saw her without a smile. She co-led the group for the years that I was a participant (I am no longer local). We knew she had cancer but she never faltered. She was welcoming and enthusiastic. Her passing saddens me greatly but I am so glad to have known her.

  5. Renee was a beautiful person inside and out, and she was an avid cancer warrior. Her personality and love for life was eternal, and you never found her with a smile to all she met. Renee was gifted in many ways, and she shared her talents with many. I remember with fondness when she joined in helping with our daughters Girl Scout Brownie troop. May she rest in peace.

  6. Renee was remarkable. Resilient, compassionate and genteel – a remarkable combination of strength and beauty. I am grateful to have known her and shared her love of all things growing through Texas A&M Women’s Club Gardening Interest Group. I will miss her.

    My heartfelt condolences to Renee’s family and all who knew and loved her.

  7. Renee was a truly beautiful person. She always had a special smile and kindness to everyone. Some people just bring a ray of sunshine to others and that was Renee. All our sympathy to Ray, daughter Katelan and family. I will miss her!

  8. Renee and I met at the softball park when Katelan and Regan were in elementary school. We were also cheerleader Moms and worked together in PTO. Renee sponsored me for membership in the Woman’s Club. I always enjoyed working with Renee. She was always so organized and enthusiastic and so smart! I admired her quick wit, sense of humor and her kind, kind heart. Her smile lit up a room. I will miss her. Ray and Katelan, you are in my prayers. In deepest sympathy–from our family to yours.

  9. My beautiful and gracious aunt Renee with her ever present beautiful smile and gentle and loving heart will be missed but her legacy remains profound and always will. An altruistic and beautiful woman loved all around her and is loved by all. A great loss to us all but Heaven gained and scored a beautiful Angel. Condolences, love and healing for Uncle Ray, cousin Katelan and family. Love Rick & Ellen

  10. Rest In Peace our beautiful Aunt Renee. We love and miss you dearly but will reunite one day. Thank you for all your love

  11. When I think of Renee I think of butterflies. She truly was a friend to all who knew her and I feel lucky and honored that she touched my life. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
    Maria Austin

  12. I knew Renee through The Woman’s Club and each and every time I saw her, she brightened my day. We worked together many times over the years and we always enjoyed sharing news of our children. I will truly miss her and my heartfelt sympathy goes to her family. May this very special lady Rest In Peace.

  13. Ray and Katelan, Renee’s memory is renewed each time I see a beautiful native flower in bloom.
    With love, we send our most sincere sympathies.

  14. Dear David, Bill, Betty and Bobby:

    Last night we were saddened to learn of the death of Renee. Our 4 parents had a friendship that was much more than being neighbors in the Humble Oil (Exxon) housing for executives. There are so many wonderful memories: peach ice cream in our backyards, birthday parties, plastic swimming pools, tents, clothes on the lines, big swing sets, our pet cat that everyone loved and the list goes on. Renee was Jo’s special playmate. Your mother told us to never go in Trey and David’s bedroom because of all of their awards and books but we did just to look around. She also told us that we could never wake up the twins but we did. As both families built new houses in Baytown, our Mothers remained close. We always had an update on the Barsalou family and Mrs. Stringer also had your news. The last time I spoke with Renee, it was just like we picked up from where we left off.

    We send our sincere condolences to all of you.

    Love,
    Jo Cook Schorp, Julie Cook Niederer and John Paul Cook

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