Renee spent her early childhood on her family farm near Cambridge, Illinois. Renee attended High School in the Ozark Mountain town of Ava, Missouri before returning to Henry County to compete on the Black Hawk College East Campus World Champion Equine Judging Team. After two years at BHC East Campus she went on to compete for and attend West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.
After College Renee returned to Kewanee to establish her roots with her now husband Brian Crabtree. Brian was born and raised in Kewanee and is a joint owner of Cernos Bar and Grill in downtown, Kewanee. Brian and Renee have two active children, Remington (10) and Bexley (6). Remington loves to play youth sports and hunt with his dad. Bexley is a proud member of the YMCA Flip Tops Tumbling Team.
When the Crabtree’s find free time from their business and child athletics, Renee enjoys spending time with her family at their waterfowl hunting property in Fulton County, near Canton, Illinois. She spends her favorite season, Winter, watching the snow fall, playing outside with her children and soaking up the sunlight that reflects from every direction when there is snow on the ground. Her favorite way to enjoy a winter evening is in front of her fireplace with a Christmas movie playing and a puzzle on the table top. Renee attends Hill Church in Kewanee. She is proud to be a member of a small community and encourages others to shop local, support local, thrive local.