Nancy H.W. Rainey

Nancy Rainey, formerly of Dunmore, passed away on Feb. 22, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was born July 27, 1925, as Anne H. Ward to the late John and Henriette Gibbons Ward. Nancy was preceded by her loving husband, Paul.

She is survived by her daughter, Anne Walsh and husband, James of Canadensis; as well as eight sons, Paul Jr., Scranton; Robert and wife, Mary Ann, Dunmore; James and wife, Carole, Gouldsboro; Francis and wife, Margy, Scranton; Thomas and wife, Ann Marie, Dickson City; Joseph, Scranton; Richard and wife, Laura, Scranton; and William and wife, Kimberly, Dunmore. She has 18 grandchildren. Nancy was preceded in death by her son, John; daughter, Patricia; and grandson, Shane; as well as sisters, Mary Duffy and Elizabeth (Betty) Averill; and brother, Robert Ward.

The family would like to thank her friends, Scotty, Florence, Jeanne, Joan and Marlene, for all their love and care. The family would like to also give its heartfelt thanks to her daughter-in-law, Margy, as well as granddaughter, Courtney, for all their care during her illness. A special thank you to her caregivers, Geri Lapinski and Patty Costello, as well as Hospice of the Sacred Heart, who made it possible for us to care for her at home.

She truly enjoyed her time at Webster Towers and the many friends she made there. She was truly honored to be recognized as Webster Towers inaugural Volunteer of the Year.

Nancy was proud to serve. She was the resident representative to the Webster Towers board. She frequently visited guests of the Jewish Home of Eastern Pa. as a representative of the Hospice of the Sacred Heart. She was an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. She also volunteered for many other fine organizations that are too numerous to list. When there was a job that needed to be done, Nancy was there.

Nancy was a proud alumnus of Marywood College. She tutored many students and worked many years in the office at Bishop O'Hara. She was blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit, which she nurtured and fostered into the Yarn Shop. Her passion and tremendous skill, coupled with her outgoing personality allowed her to develop many enthusiastic knitters. Her greatest achievement was raising her children and watching them instill her values into their children. She loved to laugh and relished all the various talents of her family.

While the flame that was Nancy may have been extinguished, her memory can live on through the deeds of all of us left. In this vein, we request that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in her memory to St. Joseph's Center, Scranton, PA.

The funeral will be Wednesday from the Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment, Mount Carmel Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Wednesday morning. To offer an online condolence, visit

Funeral Home

Albert P O'Donnell Funeral Home
2025 Green Ridge St Dunmore, PA 18512
(570) 344-1819

Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 24, 2014