‘She always had a smile on her face’: Woman remembers victim killed in K-254 crash

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Janice Jones, a retired nursing professor at Butler Community College in El Dorado, recalls what she remembers most about Renata Wehry. 

“She always had a smile on her face.” said Jones. 

Jones worked with Wehry at Butler Community College for several years. 

“She was the custodian that kept our department clean,” said Jones. 

Jones said Wehry also had a giving heart. 

“One time Renata gave us each a cross, I think it was at Christmas time,” said Jones. 

Jones said she had not seen Whery in years since retiring from BCC but happened to see Wehry earlier that fateful day.  

“My husband and I were delivering Meals on Wheels, and she was at this apartment complex where we deliver,” said Jones. “I happened to see her, and she was smiling.” 

That was around 11:45 a.m. Less than an hour later, Wehry would end up in an accident that took her life and two others. 

Terry and Renata Wehry and Lonnie Jesser died in the accident.  

The Highway Patrol says a box truck was crossing K-254 and did not see their car. Both vehicles went into the ditch and caught on fire. 

“It’s still profound when you think about you just saw her and then not long after that something terrible happens like that,” said Jones. 

It puts life into perspective for Jones. 

“Just how surprising life can be, and how short and unexpected and how people can loose loved ones so quick,” said Jones. 

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