HOPE RAIMER

Obituary
  • "It was both a pleasure and a blessing knowing Hope and her..."
    - Petra Ed Keller
  • "We had the privilege of knowing Hope. She played the piano..."
    - John and Louise Short

In Loving Memory of
HOPE RAIMER
9/8/25 - 6/3/18

WINTER HAVEN - Hope Raimer of Winter Haven, FL went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, 3 June 2018. She died peacefully at the Winter Haven Hospital surrounded in love by her husband of 52 years, Ed, and her two children, Sandy and Kevin all at her side. Hope was born & raised in Durban, South Africa in a missionary family with eight children. God gave her a unique and rare talent on the piano, in playing, improvising & performing as well as in choral music writing and arranging. Hope studied classical music and rose to be one of South Africa's leading musicians. She earned her degree in music in teaching and performance on the piano through the Trinity College and Royal Schools of Music, London, England.
With great faith in God, she immigrated to the United States in 1961 with her 3 year old daughter, $10 (total!) and the promise of a job...in Springfield, Missouri!
Her musical abilities gave Hope many exciting & unique opportunities here in the United States. As the concert choir leader at Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, she led the choir on tours across the U.S., writing most of the choral arrangements used by the choir. Her published choral arrangements became nationally recognized (pen name Hope Collins) including her arrangement of 'Peace Like A River' performed by Billy Graham's Crusade Choir. She later taught classical piano and had the opportunity to perform on the piano at various high profile events in the Washington, D.C. area, playing at Constitutional Hall, Corporate events (Exxon-Mobile, Bell Atlantic) and even played for then President Bill Clinton's High School Reunion in Washington, D.C. She accompanied her husband, Ed (a former tenor vocalist with the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants) in many musical programs at churches, conferences and retreats. She traveled across the U.S. as the pianist for a popular Christian singing duo 'The Hawaiians.'
Living here in Winter Haven since 2000, Hope continued to bless others with her music, playing the piano for church services at First Presbyterian Church of Haines City and for her community at Four Lakes Golf Community.
Hope was an amazingly courageous and strong woman, yet as elegant, refined and classy as they come! Her special touch on the piano demanded your focus and stirred your soul as you listened to her inspirational playing. Her piano playing touched the lives of many generations. She was an adventurous woman her whole life. She enjoyed camping, water skiing, traveling across the U.S. in their RV, working in her garden...and HOT cups of English Breakfast tea with just the right amount of milk (not cream) and sugar!
If you ever met Hope, you'd quickly learn that it brought her great joy to share her wonderful gift of music (her piano playing could touch your heart like little other music could), her photos of her daughter Sandy & son Kevin (both of whom she was immensely proud of!) & photos of her grand-dogs (whom she adored & spoiled more than most grandchildren...). If there wasn't a piano nearby, then Hope would move on to just telling you her story...and what an incredible story of faith, courage and determination it was!
A celebration of Hope's life will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Haines City at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2018. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund for music students is being established at Evangel University in Hope's honor. Please contact her son at
[email protected] for more information regarding making a donation.

Religious Service Information
First Presbyterian Church
104 Scenic Hwy
Haines City, FL 33844
Published in Ledger from June 10 to June 11, 2018
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