Renee B. Jabine, 77, Tawes' aide, caterer

October 27, 2002

Renee B. Jabine, a former administrative aide to Gov. J. Millard Tawes and owner of an Annapolis catering firm, died of respiratory failure Monday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was 77 and lived in Annapolis.

Born Renee Brendel in Baltimore and raised on a farm in Atholton, she graduated from Howard County High School.

During World War II, she worked for the FBI in Washington. In the late 1940s, she worked as an office supervisor for a Baltimore advertising agency.

She was an administrative assistant and speech writer to J. Millard Tawes, who served as governor of Maryland from 1959 to 1967. She also was a hostess at the Maryland Pavilion during the 1964 World's Fair at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, she was an administrative assistant to several delegations and senators in the General Assembly.

Mrs. Jabine later established Chez Renee Caterers and was known for the luncheon buffets and parties that she served aboard yachts anchored in the Annapolis harbor. She retired in 1987.

She also was an accomplished landscape painter, working mainly in oils. She also enjoyed traveling.

Mrs. Jabine was the first president of the Caritas Society at St. John's College and was a member of the auxiliary of the former Anne Arundel General Hospital.

Her first marriage to Daniel M. Davis Jr., ended in divorce.

Services were Thursday.

Mrs. Jabine is survived by her husband of 35 years, William Jabine Jr., a former Evening Sun reporter; a son, Daniel M. Davis III of Williston, Fla.; a brother, Ernest Brendel of Baltimore; a sister, Doris Koros of Catonsville; three grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

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