The obituary of his 84-year-old single mother, a “plus-sized Jewish redneck Tough Gal,” has gone viral.


The obituary of his 84-year-old single mother, a “plus-sized Jewish redneck Tough Gal,” has gone viral.

Andy Corren knew it was impossible to gather his large family and his mother’s ‘approximately 7,000’ friends for her funeral.

Instead, the 52-year-old Upstate New York talent manager and writer decided to write an open obituary for anyone to read in honor of his late mother’s “bawdy, rowdy life lived large, broke, and loud.”

Renay Mandel Corren, 84, died on December 11 from a series of health complications she had been battling for nearly two decades.

Her son’s touching and hilarious tribute to his mother, a “plus-sized Jewish redneck Tough Gal” who “never cooked and was terrible with money,” has gone viral.

‘I had a mother who perfected the art of turning her suffering into art, and her art was her life, and for better or worse, however you view her, that is a powerful lesson for everyone,’ he told

Renay was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, “where she first fell in love with ham and atheism,” according to her son’s obituary, which was published online on Wednesday.

Andy told on Thursday that she ‘then went on to become the bawdy, fertile, redheaded matriarch of a sprawling Jewish-Mexican-Redneck American family.’

Corren’s obituary reads, ‘Here’s what Renay was great at: dyeing her red roots, weekly manicures, dirty jokes, pier fishing, rolling joints, and buying dirty magazines.’

Renay Mandel Corren, the grieving son, took a page from his mother’s book and turned his pain into a funny but touching viral moment.

‘Life isn’t so overwhelming, bitter, or impossible that you can’t take control and make it into a story.

Corren told, ‘I hope the world celebrates people like my mother.’

‘Yes, she was a bit of a con artist, but we need characters as well.’

We need people who can teach us how to persevere and be resilient,’ he explained.

Renay spent her eight decades living all over the country, but’she was at home wherever someone else was paying,’ Corren said.

‘Where she lived was either where she was spending money, making money, or taking money,’ he chuckled.

After the death of her daughter Cathy Sue Corren Lester Trammel Webster, she moved to El Paso, Texas, to live with “her favorite son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Lourdes Corren.”

Corren describes his mother’s ‘Gay-Mexican-Jewish-Redneck branch of America’ as’real American people.’

‘It’s something that people want to talk about.

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