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Thelma Rains

November 21, 2013

Thelma Rains, 84, of Amarillo, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Llano Mausoleum Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Thelma was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Brownsville to May Belle and Dee House. She grew up in Paris, Texas, and graduated from Paris High School and attended Paris Junior College. She met the love of her life, John William “Bill” Rains on the steps of Paris High School after WWII. They were married on May 8, 1948, in Austin, Texas, and were together for 62 years.

She worked as PBX/switchboard operator for Cosden Oil and Chemical Refinery. She served as president of PBX Clubs of Texas in 1972. She also worked for City Drug and Plum Creek Pharmaceuticals.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John “Bill” Rains; a son, John R. Rains; her identical twin sister, Geneva Nell; sisters, Francis, Judy, Fairy Lynn, Zella Maude and Carol; and two brothers, Thomas and Edward.

Survivors include a brother, George House of Paris, Texas; a daughter, Toinette Grifford and husband David of Amarillo; a son, Joe Rains of Dallas; grandchildren, Melynda Grifford-Vaughan and husband James of Amarillo, Ashley Rains of Austin and Alyssa Merryman and husband Justin of Houston; and her dog, Mindy Lou Who.

The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice Care of the Southwest, 6600 Killgore Dr. No.110, Amarillo, TX 79106; or charity of your choice.
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