Audrey Faye Rainey, 94, was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Delta County to Turner and Alice (Robnett) Essary. She passed away in Paris, Texas, on March 30, 2016.
She lived in Delta County all her life except for 42 months when she lived in Dallas while her future husband was in England during World War II. When he returned home,they married Aug. 24, 1945. They lived in Dallas six months and then returned to Klondike, built a house, and raised their family at that location. They shared 68 years together.
She is survived by her children and spouses, daughter Nelda Reid (David) of Dallas; three sons, Benton Rainey (Iris) of Paris, Gary Rainey (Lisa) of Rockwall, and Rodney Rainey (Channon) of Cooper; 11 grandchildren, Brian, Caitlin, Gage, Jaron, Jason, Timothy, Jackson, and Addison Rainey, Garrison, Meredith, and Susanna Reid; seven great-grandchildren, Austin Cunningham, Noel, Kate, Ryan, Cannon, Parker, Emma, and Hudson Rainey; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C.B. (Buckner) Rainey, in 2014; one son, Jimmy Ray Rainey in 1966; her parents; three brothers; and two sisters.
Her roots were deep in the Nazarene church, and she was a member of Bread of Life Nazarene Church in Commerce. She was a woman of quiet faith who read her Bible every night. As a true matriarch, she guided, directed, and counseled her children and grandchildren even to the end. She was known far and wide for her cooking and baking skills and for the many crocheted afghans she completed for family members. She watched her children and grandchildren play or coach sports for almost 50 years and was proud to have seen two sons coach state championship teams. She also loved watching sports on TV and was an avid supporter of the Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks.
Her funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Delta Funeral Home in Cooper with visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Interment followed in the New Klondike Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Rick Stooksberry, Kenny Stooksberry, Don Essary, Benny Fields, Lanny Rainey, Steve Rainey, and Dennis Maynard. Honorary pallbearers were James Robertson, Robert Johnson, Steve Sansing, and all her nephews.
Special thanks to Angie Sharpton, who assisted her for the past five years. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to West Delta Community Center, c/o 459 CR 2032, Klondike, TX 75448.
Respects may be made online at www.deltafuneralhome.com.
Published on April 5, 2016