Linda Lelia Susan “Muffie” Moroney
Linda Lelia Susan “Muffie” Moroney died on Monday April 19, 2021 at her Houston home. She was 77 years old. Muffie was born on May 27, 1943 in Washington, DC, to Jessie Robinson Moroney and Robert Emmet Moroney, who were then serving in the United States Navy for the war effort.
Muffie grew up in Houston and made frequent visits to her mother’s family in what was then rural Fort Bend County. These early experiences in the “country” shaped and informed their character for life. She attended St. John’s School in Houston from preschool through high school and graduated from the 1961 class. She then attended Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she was a member of the 1965 class. Muffie worked for the National Security Agency before returning to Houston and marrying Clarence Renshaw II, with whom she had two sons, Robert and Justin Renshaw.
Muffie and Clarence divorced, after which she attended law school at the University of Houston Law Center, where she was a member of the 1982 class. After completing a legal clerkship at the 14th Court of Appeals, she practiced with several law firms in Houston. including Vinson & Elkins, LLP before opening her own practice and later joining her son Justin, who focused on civil litigation.
Her legal education fired Muffie’s inner activist and led her to work tirelessly for justice and equality everywhere, tempered by her desire to encourage conversation and bring people together. Her unstoppable engagement for various purposes earned Muffie the respect and admiration of many, including those with whom she disagreed. As she matured in years and philosophy, she added interfaith dialogue to her long list of causes, participated in women’s groups, and made many new friends from diverse backgrounds.
Much of what Muffie could achieve in her life was made possible by the support of her friends, including Nancy (“Nan Nan”) Woods, with whom she shared a valued sorority and many adventures, not least of which was the upbringing of Muffies two sons. In addition to their sons and Nancy, their daughters-in-law Alisha Renshaw and Lynne Renshaw Muffie survive. Grandsons Carrie Renshaw, Beverly Renshaw, Emerson Renshaw, and Catherine Renshaw; her nephews Michael and Rob Kuntz; Niece Katie Kuntz; numerous cousins and friends; her dog “sweet”; and an uncertain number of feral cats she wanted to “domesticate”, including “Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg” and “Representative John Lewis”.
Muffie was a board member of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and the Episcopal Church Publishing Company. the alumni-alumnae boards of St. John’s School, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, and the University of Houston Law Center; was a co-founder and member of the Executive Committee of the River Oaks Area Democratic Women (“ROADwomen”); and served as the secretary of the United Alliance of Sisters to increase the turnout of women across Texas.
She was a lifelong episcopalist and a member of Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, where she was involved in numerous social justice causes. A service to celebrate Muffie’s life will be held at Christ Church Cathedral on a date to be set in the future to allow full attendance and attendance. She is buried in a private ceremony in the columbarium of Christ Church Cathedral.
Instead of flowers, those who wish to honor Muffie are asked to consider donating to one of their favorite charities: the Houston Food Bank, Heifer International, or the Wildlife Center of Texas.
Only our concept of time enables us to speak of Judgment Day by this name; In reality it is a summary judgment in perpetual session.
If you see a good fight, get in.
Published in the Houston Chronicle on April 25, 2021.