Sad News. Renee Paley-Bain, died January 8, 2016, after a difficult three-week hospital stay. Renee with her husband Donald Bain, collaborated on the Murder She Wrote series. She was a wonderful woman who supported everyone in the mystery community and beyond.
Donald Bain's post on Facebook:
Renee had a distinguished career in public relations before turning her talent to the novels. She brought to the series a keen intellect and subtle humor that
perfectly matched Jessica Fletcher and others in the cast of characters
enjoyed by millions of TV viewers and readers of the books. Renée’s
children and I derived much comfort during her gallant fight to stay
alive from our families, including my daughter Pamela, and the legion of
people who treasured, as I did, this gentle, generous and loving woman.
I thank all the nurses who provided superb professional care and
touching compassion to Renée during her medical ordeal, an exemplary
group of people.
Per Renée’s instructions and based upon
hundreds of conversations she had with me and her children about
end-of-life decisions, an autopsy will be performed. She did not want a
wake or funeral. She’ll be cremated, her ashes strewn over a bird
feeding sanctuary she loved, and I’ll host a gathering in the future to
celebrate her life. We’ve been loyal supporters of Compassion &
Choices and its commitment to death-with-dignity for many years.
Hopefully the state in which we live, Connecticut, and its legislators
will follow the lead of Washington, Oregon, Wyoming and Vermont in
allowing physician-assisted aid for certifiably terminal patients to
pass peacefully and with dignity in their final days. Renée would want
anyone who wishes to donate in her memory to help Compassion &
Choices, the United States Humane Society, or ASPCA to carry on their
work, which she so ardently supported. Renée Paley-Bain
brought me unmitigated joy during our 33 years together, and I’ll spend
what years I have left honoring this talented, exemplary woman. What a
joyous 33 years it’s been.