JoEllen (Weaver) Raines, 84, of Cuyahoga Falls, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at her home.|
JoEllen was born March 5, 1927, and lived her entire life in Akron and Cuyahoga Falls. She leaves behind her loving husband of 64 years, Jesse James Raines; and children, Kimberlee (Mark) Colton, and Randy (Ellen); her three grandsons, Mitchell Fisher Colton, John McDaniel (Jack) Raines and Samuel James Raines; niece, Susan (Sean) Shea; nephews, Jeffrey (Donna) Torrey and John (Kate) Raines; and dear friends, Pat Egger and Debbie (Evans) and Javier Beutell.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hayward and Georgia Weaver; and her sister, Betty Lee Torrey.
JoEllen loved her family and friends above everything and devoted her life to caring for them. Her three grandsons were her ``boys' and the loves of her life. She was very proud of her children and loved watching her daughter dance and her son play sports. She was especially proud of her work supporting the Ohio Ballet in its early years and volunteered to raise money to help the organization when her daughter danced there.
JoEllen graduated from Akron Central High School, spent many years working in the office of Dr. William Carroll, and retired from Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital where she worked as a medical biller.
She loved shopping for antiques, decorating her home, watching Colin Firth movies and spending time with friends and family, including a wide circle of extended family from the old Ivy Park neighborhood.
JoEllen wanted her friends, especially Pat Egger and former neighbors Drs. Pat and Dustin Blakeslee, to know how much she cherished them and appreciated their support, particularly in the past few difficult months.
The family would like to thank Paula and Delores from Summa Hospice for their loving care and support, and Dr. William Bauman for his decades for care.
JoEllen asked that there be no calling hours but that her friends and family remember her and the many wonderful memories from her long and happy life.
``Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, or glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.'
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from July 19 to July 20, 2011