Jane G. Rayner
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Jane Householder Gehrett Rayner, 99, was a chemist, academic, teacher, avid traveler and active member in civic organizations throughout her long life. Jane passed away at her home in Highland Beach, Florida from complications of a stroke, surrounded by friends and family. Jane graduated from Juniata College and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Yale University. She was the first woman in the Market Research Department of General Chemical. She taught chemistry at Douglass College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Pine Crest School. For many years she served as a board member and volunteer with the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida. Jane was born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on March 23, 1914, to Samuel and Ada Gehrett. She received a B.S. from Juniata College in Huntingdon, and a Ph.D. from Yale University. Her first husband William Degnan died in 1943. Her husband of 43 years George C. Rayner died in 1987. Jane is survived by her son, John Degnan Rayner, her daughter, Judith Norris Rayner, her grandson Shane Wellnitz, and her brother John O. Gehrett. A Memorial Service will be held July 27 at the First Presbyterian Church, 33 Gleason St., Delray Beach FL 33483 at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the clubhouse at Seagate of Highland Condo Inc., 3310 S. Ocean Blvd, Highland Beach, FL from 3-5pm Contributions in honor of Jane G. Rayner may be made to the Samuel M. and Ada H. Gehrett Memorial Scholarship at Juniata College, 1700 Moore St., Huntingdon, PA 16652-2196 or the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432.


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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Jul. 18, 2013.
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July 26, 2013
She was a wonderfully nice lady that led a full life and was always a pleasure to work with.
Mark Schaum
July 25, 2013
John and Judy, we are so sorry for your loss. Jane's life was full with so much to celebrate. Our thoughts are with you.
Gretchen Gehrett & Larry Zippin
July 24, 2013
The sight of Jane always made us smile!
Seagate will just not be the same without Jane. We remember her for her smile, her kindnesses, her love of travel, and her abilities in bridge. My favorite memory was the day I saw her with her hair down - my goodness, a true flower child at heart! Love, Kaye and David #727
Kaye Hamilton-Smith
July 24, 2013
I was Jane's neighbor for 16 years. She was a remarkable woman and I will miss her. My condolences to you Judy, John and Jeanette. Mary Martorana
Mary Martorana
July 23, 2013
Jane was a remarkable woman and quite accomplished. We send our love.
Irene & Rick Barkman
July 20, 2013
John and Judy, we are sorry to learn of Jane's passing. Have great sailing memories to remember fun times with her. She was such a fine person.
Anne & Andy Munro
July 19, 2013
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother Judy & John. I will always remember Jane's kind soul & pleasant persona. It was a pleasure and I feel fortunate to have known her and the wonderful person she was!
Barbara Frasier
July 19, 2013
John, Jeanette and Judy. You have our condolences of the loss of your mother. God Bless you all. Glenn and Sandy Helfrich and family.
July 18, 2013
My deepest condolences on you loss. Jane was a great individual and so much more than just a client. Over the many years, I had the pleasure to know her and her family on a personal basis. I will miss her.
Bruce Winter
July 18, 2013
We are so very sorry John & Judy. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. Your dear mother was such an amazing woman. We will always treasure all the wonderful times & memories we had with her.
Love, Kirk & Barb Smith
Barbara Smith
July 18, 2013
We are so very sorry John & Judy, for this tremendous loss. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. We will always treasure all the many great times & memories of your dear mother. Love, Barb & Kirk Smith
barbara Smith
July 18, 2013
Thank you for all of your volunteer time here at Gumbo Limbo. Darlene Rosa
July 18, 2013
John and Judy, we are sorry for your loss. Your mother was an amazing woman. You are in our thoughts.
Tom and Linda Dermyer
July 18, 2013
Jeanette Helfrich and John Rayner
Rest in peace, Jane. Love from Jeanette, your daughter-in-law of 30 years.
Jeanette Helfrich
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