Shirley Jo Rainey
1936 - 2020
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July 6, 1936 ˜ July 12, 2020

Shirley Jo (Brown) Rainey, 84, passed away peacefully with her children by her side on July 12, 2020 after a long struggle with COPD. Shirley was born in Enumclaw, WA as the second and youngest child for Walter and Josephine Brown. She graduated from Enumclaw High School in 1954 and married Wesley E. Rainey Jr. on August 27, 1954 (div. 1993). Shirley’s married life began in Buckley, WA where they had two children. The family later moved to Chehalis, WA and then to Vancouver in 1960.
Shirley was a secretary at Block & Olson Glass and later became a clerk for Clark County District Court where she retired. She spent much of her free time at their beach property in Moclips, WA where she liked digging clams, visiting with others, and relaxing around a campfire. Through her years, Shirley also enjoyed participating in the Lady Jaycees, bowling, Bunco group, and weekly dinners with friends. Shirley’s love for flowers was very apparent as she loved tending to her English Garden that had several varieties. She also kept busy with trendy crafts and projects such as woodworking, tole painting, and embroidery. Her favorite collection was the hundreds of snowmen she had.
Shirley is survived by her two children, Michael Rainey and Sheri (Rick) Backous; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walt and Jo Brown; brother, Frank Brown; niece, Connie (Brown) Zackula; and granddaughter, Sara (Backous) Mielke, who coined the name “Gangie” that Shirley embraced.
Shirley’s request was to “go home” to Enumclaw, so she will be laid to rest next to her parents at Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Family will gather there on a later date.
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Published in The Columbian on Jul. 19, 2020.
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July 25, 2020
Shirley was a dear friend for over 50 years. We did so many fun things together. We were both very active in Lady Jaycees. We bowled together
for many years.
Our family and the Raineys along with her parents Walt & Jo Brown spent many hour digging clams & making clam chowder over a camp fire. We had a Bunco group for many years. Shirley was a true friend & I will miss her. My love to Sherry & Mike in the loss of their Mother.
God bless & keep you both, Lois Swanstrom
My love to Sherry & Mike
Lois Swanstrom
July 23, 2020
Mike and family,
I want to express my condolences for the loss of your mother. Although I never had the privilege of meeting your mother, I understand your loss. I hope you will find comfort in your memories and the support of your family and friends around you. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Jan Fortis
Jan (Lutz) Fortis
July 20, 2020
I did not know you, Shirley, but had hoped that your son would be my brother-in-law back when I was young. You raised a wonderful son. I'm hoping your family has many happy memories of you to hold in their hearts. Michael, when you read this, drop me a line. Cindy Taylor
Cindy Taylor-DeClements
July 19, 2020
Mike and Rick especially, but to the rest of your family, I send my dearest condolences. I have knowN the pain you must be feeling at this moment, but rest assured she is in a better place filled with flowers and joy. Her love, memories and spirit will always be with you.
John Higgins
John Higgins
July 19, 2020
Oh so sorry to say good bye to a dear old friend. We attended grade school through high school together with many fun times during those years, and maybe getting into a little trouble sometimes. Shirley was a dear friend. Jeanette (Stouffer) Pedersen (JEAN)
July 19, 2020
I have many wonderful memories of camping with Shirley and her family on the Kalama and at the beach. I am sorry for your loss. May she be at peace- Shawn Swanstrom
Shawn Swanstrom
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