Mary Lorraine (Rainey) Rich (1930 - 2017)

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Longtime Alaskan Mary Lorraine (Rainey) Rich, 87, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at home due to complications from a stroke she suffered on Sept. 10, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Rainey was born Jan. 11, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., to James Clay and Lottie (Hale) Duncan. She was number five of six children. She met and married Alva H. Rich in St. Louis in 1946.
As a young military wife, they moved to Alaska with the military in 1948 where they built a small cabin and lived on Park Street in Mountain View until 1956, when they moved to their current property on Peck Avenue in Muldoon. In 1982, their son-in-law Einar Larson built them a new home on the same property, where she continued to reside.
In her earlier years, Mom and Dad loved to camp, fish, and snow ski. Packing up six kids to camp was no easy task, but she did it for many years. One of their favorite spots was Skilak Lake and later years it was Canada. Mom also loved to dance and you would find her on the dance floor at weddings or other functions. Mostly, she loved spending her time with all of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends, whether at home or picnics.
Rainey was a waitress for many years working at pancake houses and many years at the Club Bar and Cafe. As a waitress she went by the nickname "Rainey". She eventually became a business agent for Local 878 Alaska Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union and was later Secretary Treasurer before retiring in 1989.
In 1995, our Dad was diagnosed with vascular dementia and Mom cared for him at home for the next 11 years. One of the projects she started on during that time as a hobby was genealogy. She spent many years working on a project that resulted in beautiful genealogy books and photos for all of us kids and grandkids. It was a huge project but she put all her heart and soul in it and the gift is everlasting and beautiful beyond words.
Rainey corresponded with friends, cousins, nephews and nieces where she later took on the nickname Sweet Lorraine. Her Christmas letters were enjoyed by many and she would always refer to her beloved cats Sweetie (Baby Girl) and Purdy. Mom had always had dogs until the later years when her son Danny brought cats into her life and she fell in love with them.
Our hearts are broken and Mom will be missed by all of us but forever we are surrounded by her love and memories.
Rainey is survived by her loving family; son, Danny Rich and daughter-in-law Shirley of Anchorage; daughter, Cheryl and Mike Dyer of Anacortes, Wash.; Becky Larson of Sterling, Alaska; Leonna and Dan Kuntze of Anchorage. Grandchildren, Shawn and Lynsey Rich of Wasilla, Alaska; Jamie Rich and her fiance Kerby McGhee of Anchorage; Troy and Katie Dyer of Maple Valley, Wash.; Mandy Larson of Anchorage; Scott Larson of Mesa, Ariz.; Shane Larson of Sterling; Kimberly MacArthur of Wasilla; and Nick MacArthur of Anchorage. Great-grandchildren, Ian; Mickaela; Mickenzie; Angel; Josslyn; Piercyn; and Addelyn; and loving cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Rainey was preceded in death by her husband, Alva H. Rich; son, Jesse; daughter, Robin; and son-in-law, Einar Larson Jr.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alaska , Providence Foundation, Friends of Pets or a .
Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel with services at 4:00 p.m., with Dr. William F. Risch Officiating. Burial will be at Fort Richardson National Cemetery in the spring where Mom will be buried with Dad and Robin.
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 24 to Nov. 26, 2017
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