Alicia M. Rainbolt entered this world as an earthly angel on the 25th of January 1981, and took flight as a heavenly angel on Tuesday, the 24th of September 2013, surrounded by her family. Although her time on earth was short, her accomplishments were great. She walked with CHRIST throughout her life. Alicia ministered behind the scenes by her actions, words and deeds. She grew up in Houston and attended Briargrove Elementary where she began her lifelong activity of journaling, Grady Middle School where she began her love of running and Lamar High School where she was in the IB Honors program. At the University of Texas at Austin, she was active in Delta Delta Delta sorority and received a degree in communications. After college, she moved to New York City, where she blossomed into an unbelievable young lady - sophisticated and elegant, yet so humble and gracious. She taught many life lessons to many people, but the most important lesson she taught was to completely TRUST the LORD. During her illness, Alicia never lost her big smile or the wonderful spirit she is well known for. Not once did she complain or ask 'why me'. She always greeted everyone with her trademark smile and inquiries about their well being. |
She became an even more powerful 'FORCE for CHRIST' once she became involved with Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New York City. Alicia was active in the Bible Study Fellowship where she became a BSF leader. She was selected, trained and became a Deaconess at Redeemer where she provided counseling, prayer, and other support services to Church members in need. Her Church and its Deaconate Program have been so supportive of both Alicia and her family during this journey. She went on a Mission trip to the LILY of the Valley Orphanage in South Africa where her BIG SMILE resulted in instant love from the children. She continues to sponsor a little girl from LILY. Her love for running led her to become a member of the New York Harriers, a national running club which recently held a fund raiser on her behalf. With her love for running and support from and training with the HARRIERs, she qualified to run in both the NY Marathon and the Boston Marathon.
Alicia's love of travel took her all over the world, most recently traveling with her Mother to Italy to celebrate her mom's 60th birthday. This love led her to a career in Public Relations in the Travel and Leisure area. She began her career in New York City with Rudder Finn and most recently was employed as Vice President at Lou Hammond & Associates.
Alicia is preceded in death by her grandparents Tilly Doby and Tom and Alice Rainbolt. She is survived by her loving Parents, Nikki Rainbolt and Thomas Rainbolt Jr; her Grandparents, Robert & Marge Dobby; special Aunt & Uncle, Nancy & Nolan King; Aunts & Uncles, Robert Doby Jr., Cinde Barbeau, Troy & Kathy Doby, Kyle & Karen Doby, Melissa & John Hearn, Lynn & Misro Sanyoto, Rosalind Rainbolt & Mary Taylor; Goddaughter, Ellen, daughter of Erin & Joe Koch; and a host of other relatives, Alicia is also survived by hundreds of lifelong friends, many of whom have been so supportive and loving during this journey. We give special thanks to these friends, Houston Hospice, and the unbelievable staffs at MD Anderson and New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock this evening, Friday, the 27th of September, in the drawing room of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
A graveside service is to be conducted at half-past noon on Saturday, the 28th of September, at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Road in Houston.
The memorial service is to be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 28th of September, in the sanctuary of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road, also in Houston.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the nearby fellowship hall.
In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions may be directed to the Alicia Marie Rainbolt Memorial Fund @ www.youcaring.com/other/remembering-alicia-rainbolt/51042. All contributions are to be used to perpetuate Alicia's causes.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2013