Mary Alice (Gamble) Rainwater LUBBOCK-Mary Alice (Gamble) Rainwater was born in Lubbock, Texas, on June 15, 1927, to William Bell and Rosie Lee Gamble. She worked diligently for the family's business, Gamble's BBQ Pit. After graduating from Lubbock High School, Mary's love for education and fashion led her to pursue a tailoring career. Upon completing tailoring school, she worked diligently in her craft for countless of years. Dec. 4, 1948, she met and married the love of her life, W.E. Rainwater. Together, the couple created a life full of joyous reminiscences. Their greatest pastimes were studying Bible correspondence courses and bragging about the children whom they adored. She was member of Southside Church of Christ in Killeen. Having lived a joyous life, Mary's earthly spirit departed this land on Nov. 13, 2012, at Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Velma, Hulla Mae, Lola and Marie; and three brothers, Edgar, Homer and Edward Big Sam. She leaves to cherish her memories her best friend and loving husband of 64 years, W.E. Rainwater; daughter, Rose Thompson (Killeen, Texas); granddaughter, Teffanie Thompson White; great-grandchildren, Halima and Imhotep White (Midland, Texas); one sister, Bettye Ruth Robinson (Lubbock, Texas); and a host of dearly loved family and friends. Funeral services for Mary Alice (Gamble) Rainwater will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkway Drive Church of Christ, 3120 Parkway Drive, in Lubbock, with Gerald Jackson officiating. Interment will follow in Englewood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Nov. 16, at Ossie Curry Funeral Home.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Nov. 16, 2012