SHIRLEY JO RAINEY
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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