Lily Lynette Furneaux Wolfenbarger
May 14, 2008 - November 20, 2010
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People speak of Lily and say that she was full of vibrancy and that her smile was one to light up a room instantly.  Lily and her mother Lauren were very close and custody of Lily was shared with her father, Jeff Wolfenbarger:

"She was a very sweet child who loved her mom. She was everything in this world to her mom"
Lynette Furneaux

Nobody could have predicted what would happen to this beautiful little Angel girl. Lily lived with her mother, Lauren
Furneaux, though her father Jeff shared custody. Police were called to the home that Jeff shared with his wife, Renee
King, who told police that her stepdaughter was unresponsive. Lily was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Lily's family began planning her funeral even before they knew the cause of death:

"The cause of death has not yet been determined and right now it remains as suspicious and
under investigation"
Police Chief MIchael Henry

Lauren and Jeff had been having trouble since October of 2008. Lauren had filed for sole custody of Lily since she was breast feeding and though that Jeff coming to the home for visitation would upset the bond that should form between Lily and herself. Judge Michael Higgens ended up giving Jeff custody of Lily, a breast feeding, five month old baby. The custody began from 6:00 p.m. on Monday nights and lasted until 6:00 p.m. Thursday night and Jeff was allowed one weekend every month. What kind of an IDIOT would give this visitation to a man when the baby was still breast feeding.

It was reported that some of Lily's family said Lily was afraid of Renee and that there were times when she returned home from visits, with bruises. On October 7, 2010, Jeff had filed for a divorce or an annulment from Renee, though he stayed living with her in their home and called her his wife.

Later, Police Chief Michael Henry would say that Lily died of blunt force trauma adding that before she died, she was
assaulted sexually with an unknown object causing trauma to her vagina. The Police Chief stated that Lily had not died by falling from Renee's arms the way she had started.

A friend of Lauren's said this about her:

"Lily was her entire life. She was an amazing example of a mother and incredibly supportive of
other mothers"
Carrie Mularoni

Renee was charged with felony murder and first degree criminal sexual conduct. Felony murder is automatic life while first degree criminal sexual conduct is a maximum of 25 years in prison.
After Renee was arrested, Jeff told a television station:

"She did what she could, she told me"

Jeff didn't want to  believe that his wife, who also had three children of her own, had done anything to hurt his daughter. Renee told Jeff that Lily had fallen out of her arms after she had taken a bath.

Lauren's friends and family said that Lauren was devastated by the death of Lily:

"Lily was intelligent beyond her years. She was an amazing child with a vocabulary that quite
extensive for a two year old"
Elizabeth Makedonsky

Lily's family planned her funeral to be taken care of by Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors and they were accepting donation to help with the expenses.

In court, Renee M. King, who was 26 years old at the time, asked a judge to release her and allow her to attend Lily's
funeral. Renee was being held without bond and she was alone, with no family there, when she said:

"I swear on my life, I didn't do this. I just want to be with my husband and kids"
Renee King

Judge Joseph Plawecki, thankfully, denied her request and she was not allowed to attend.

In court, a cousin of Renee's said they were a witness to Renee reaching over the seat while driving, striking Lily in the face and causing a bloody node. Where was this cousin when it happened? Why didn't this cousin report her to Children's services? In March of 2012, the jury in her case took less than two hours, after hearing testimony for about two and a half weeks, to find Renee guilty of murder and criminal sexual conduct as ell as child abuse. Lynette Furneaux said the family was ecstatic about the verdict. It was almost certain that Renee would get life without parole for what she did to Lily.

Jeff was facing misdemeanor charges of aggravated assault and disorder conduct after he confronted some of Lauren's family in the court house. Two men, one being Jeff, got into an argument in the hall way and it was reported that Jeff even ran into an elderly woman as he tried to get to the other man. Jeff was arrested and released on $100. bond and both of the men were banned from the court house.

After the trial, Prosecutor Eric Smith said:

"We were able to bring the defendant to justice. We can't bring Lily back. This goes to the worst end
of the scale. I've got a picture of Lily in my office. My daughter was born the same month. The idea of
what happened is just so foreign to any member of rational society"

Eric said that jury didn't believe Renee for even a minute when she claimed that she fell on Lily, after changing her story. Lily was almost three feet tall and Renee is about five feet tall. Eric presented evidence in the form of video, of Renee trying to get pain killers at the hospital. Renee said she had a bad back, she was not able to get the medication. Eric Smith said Renee has a drug problem.

In April of 2012, Renee was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Lauren said this about the verdict:

"It has been the hardest thing, but the outcome was good"

In November of 2010, a visitation was held for Lily. Visitation for Lily was from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors. A funeral was also going to be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Oxford.

Lily Lynette Furneaux-Wolfenbarger (2008-2010)


Lily Lynette Furneaux-Wolfenbarger, born May 14, 2008, went to be with her Lord on November 20, 2010.

She loved to sing and dance along to her favorite music and to the show Glee. Lily loved Jesus, her family and especially her Momma and Daddy. Lily is the loving daughter of Lauren Furneaux and Jeff Wolfenbarger. Precious granddaughter of Chico (Lynette) Furneaux and Chester (Jane) Wolfenbarger. Beloved niece of Dodo "Michael" Furneaux, Cindy Golembiewski; loving great-granddaughter of Dorine Furneaux, Linda (Richard) Curtis, Lou (Vanessa) Verville, Wanda Zigo. Step-sister to Wayne, Aubrey and Bella. Lily was loved by many family members, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by Papa Furneaux and Grandpa Zigo.

Friends may visit Tuesday, 3-9 p.m. at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors Capstick Chapel, 542 Liberty Park, Lapeer, Mich. 48446. Funeral Mass will take place Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 11 a.m. from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 814 W. Nepessing St., Lapeer, Mich. with Father Aaron DePeyster officiating. Interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Oxford. To place an online condolence please visit
 www.LynchFamilyFuneralDirectors.com "LOVE YOU INFINITY"

Published in The Macomb Daily on November 23, 2010

This page was made for Lily first and foremost, but also for a wonderful little boy who saw her story, thought she was
beautiful and asked his mommy to ask me to add her story to my site. What a great big heart this little boy  has to be
so concerned and touched by the death of lily. God bless him!

Death occurred in the state of Michigan

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