Jane Rayner McDONALD

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McDONALD - Jane Rayner (Nee Gill) died peacefully at home, on Wednesday. January 30 surrounded by her children and husband. Jane lived in Malverne, but was a longtime resident of Rockville Centre and Point Lookout, NY. Beloved wife of Peter for 34 years who she felt fortunate to have met after the death of her first husband Edward RaynerM.D., who died after 29 years of marriage. Loving mother of nine Jane, Sally, Lois, Gill (deceased), Robbie (deceased), William, Frances, Christopher and Carol Rayner. Cherished mother-in-law of Mary, Nicole and Laurent. Beloved sister of Patricia Squillace, M.D. (deceased) and Dorothy Gill, Esq. Adored grandmother of Sean and Kristine, Ali, Nick, Kaitlyn, Brittany, Lindsay, Chris, Gaby, Olivia, Claire and Philip. Great-grandmother to Ryan, Ava and Brandon. Devoted sister-in-law to Bill (deceased) and Terry, Mick and Eileen, Tom, Dennis and Sue, David and Chris McDonald, and Katie and KevinO'toole. Cherished aunt to 42 nephews and nieces. Jane was a PhD candidate at Columbia University, served as an adjunct professor of English at many local colleges and universities including Barnard, Columbia, Hofstra, New York Tech, and the college of Insurance. She served as the Director of Women's Services in Nassau County for eight years. Her true gift, however, was inspiring people to reach their true potential, most especially three of her children, Sally, Robert and Gill, who were born with severe cerebral palsy. Friends may call Saturday and Sunday 2-4 7-9 PM at Thomas A. Glynn & Son Funeral Home, 20 Lincoln Ave Rockville Centre. Mass of Christian Burial, Monday 10:00 AM, St. Agnes Cathedral. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery Brooklyn. Glynnfh.com

Published in Newsday on Feb. 1, 2013
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