Mrs. Jean (Anderson) Raines

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Never one for mornings, Jean Raines of the Golden Rod district passed away on August 1 under a clear full moon. Jean was the youngest child of Margaret Belle and Jack Anderson and grew up on the family farm at Delacour. A stellar early school career took her to the University of Alberta; she graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Laboratory Technology and worked for the Canadian Red Cross.
In 1955 – sixty years ago to the month – Jean married Chuck and they settled on the farm west of Airdrie where they grew their family, developed top level swine and cattle herds under the name Mountaineer Farms, and created a beautiful and welcoming home for family and a huge extended network of friends. Asked to list Grandma's qualities, Jean's grandchildren cited independence, determination, and hard working as traits that they most admired. A woman of strong character, she served her community as a founding leader of the Golden Rod 4-H Club and volunteer at the Golden Rod Hall.
Jean had a keen artist's eye which she applied to the creation of a beautiful yard and flower garden, and to the showpiece quilts she designed which adorn the walls and beds of many fortunate friends and family members. In fact quilting became a passion and a source of much satisfaction to Jean as a natural way to apply her technical skills as a seamstress and her appreciation of colour and fabric. Jean's love of flowers took her on many field and mountain treks, and she preserved the flower bounty in pictures. Always the KRAF T1, in the late 1980s and early 1990s she operated Windflower Gallery in Cochrane with friends Kay, Maida and Audrey.
Jean leaves her husband Chuck, daughter Kathy, sons Brett and Mark, daughter-in-law Lynn, grandchildren Kirsten, Ty, Leah, Carli (Dakota), Natalie, Amy, Riley, Abby and Shelby and great granddaughter Cassidy. Also mourning her passing are sister Margaret Anderson, brother Harold and sister-in-law Irene Anderson and their family, and sister-in-law Margaret Raines.
The family thanks the staff of Unit 32 at Foothills Hospital for their thoughtful care. At Jean's request there will be no funeral; a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the charity of your choice in Jean's name.
Published in Airdrie City View from Aug. 6 to Aug. 13, 2015