Allis A. Rennie passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 16, 2022.
Allis was born in Port Arthur, Texas on December 22, 1945, to John Nicholson Rennie and Marian Francis Allis, both of whom predeceased her.
Allis had one daughter, Rennie Elizabeth Feldhaus O’Connor. In 2011, Allis moved to Pinehurst from England, where she had resided for 35 years, to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Bart O’Connor, and grandson, Harrison. At the time of her death, she was living with them.
Allis was a theater student at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she met her future husband, Stephen Martin Feldhaus. They divorced in 1980.
Allis loved to travel and read about history and the people who made it. After college, she lived in Palo Alto, California, and Seattle, where her daughter Rennie was born, Houston, Texas, London and later Leicester, England, and finally Pinehurst.
At every step of her journey, Allis was engaged in her world. As a child, she enjoyed visiting her father’s family farm in Whitakers and attending Camp Waldemar for six summers in Hunt, Texas. She loved hiking and camping in Lake Tahoe and California; and when she was three months pregnant, she and her then-husband went rafting on the Colorado River for a week. In London, she hosted her famous and quite rowdy Wimbledon and 4th of July parties. And wherever she went, there was a book club where Allis was usually close to the center of the action.
When it came time to move to London in 1976, Allis did it in style. A suite at the Palace Hotel in New York allowed him to see the sights of New York before embarking on a memorable journey to his new home aboard the QE II. And when it came time to return to America, Allis resumed her transatlantic sea voyage, this time on the Queen Mary 2.
Allis had unquenchable energy and an engaging mind, powered by exceptional intelligence. Without any training as an educator, nor in the Montessori method, she applied for and obtained the position of head of the first school in London at the time for the training of Montessori teachers. Another chapter included a few years in real estate in London. Later, she moved to Leicester, England, where she found employment as a liaison between the prosecutor’s office and the police department. She loved this job and only retired when she was able to move to Pinehurst to be near Rennie and his family.
Allis loved to travel and took full advantage of his 35+ years in England to see many of the sights in the UK and on the Continent. She made sure to expose her daughter to as much culture and history as possible, taking Rennie on a memorable 16th birthday trip to Rome and countless trips to castles and museums, where they tasted many teas and half pints in old pubs. From New Year’s Eve in Inverness to frolicking in the Lake District, she never tired of traveling or learning.
She enjoyed researching and sharing her interests. During her decade at Pinehurst, she was an active member of the Sandhills branch of the English-speaking Union, serving as a judge and organizer of its Shakespeare competition. Additionally, she spoke on a variety of subjects at Lady Bedford’s tea room at Pinehurst, including the life and times of Queen Victoria. Always trying to stay engaged, Allis took numerous courses at Sandhills Community College on a wide range of subjects, especially politics.
Allis shared her enthusiasms with her many friends, including Resa and Sam Dunn, Martin Bell and Dean Golding, all of whom were special to her, and especially with her grandson, Harrison O’Connor, whose life will always be richer for her. the time he spent with Allis.
Allis’ move to Pinehurst was a real homecoming for her. His paternal grandmother is buried in a family plot in Whitakers, and his father graduated in 1943, with a degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.
In addition to Rennie O’Connor, her husband, Bart, and their son, Harrison, all of Pinehurst; Allis is survived by his brother, John Nicholson Meindl and his wife, Amy; and by his sister, Mary Catherine Gracheck and her husband, Jack, all of Dallas, Texas. A memorial service will be held at Pinehurst in the coming months when it is safe to do so.
Allis’ family asks anyone wishing to make a donation to make a donation in Allis’ memory to Moore Buddies Mentoring or a charity of your choice.
Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.