Katie Elizabeth “Liz” Rainer, a 34-year resident of Colville, passed away on July 11, 2011 in Colville at the age of 90. “Liz” was born on Dec. 31, 1920 in Hartline, the daughter of Frank Leon and Margaret (Harris) Tupling.
Liz moved with her family to Chewelah, where she attended school and graduated as the “May Queen” in 1938 from Jenkins High School. She then moved to Spokane and worked in the house-keeping industry.
On Oct. 14, 1939, Liz began a 61-year marriage to Paul Law¬rence Rainer in Chewelah. There they resided until relocating to Spokane in 1941. Liz focused all of her attention into the home and to raising her growing family. They relocated their family to La Grande, OR in the early 1940’s and to Yakima in 1953. In 1956, the family returned to Spokane. During the work week, Liz often met the needs of both a mother and father to her boys because of Paul’s work and travel requirements. When her children were older, Liz worked for over 10 years at the Crescent, a retail clothing store. In 1977 their family moved to Colville, where she has resided since.
Liz was very dedicated to her Catholic faith to which she gave much of her time and devotion. As her boys advanced in school, Liz took an active role in their educations, which included serving for a time as PTA President and earned her the nicknames “Queeny” and “Coach”. She gave of herself unselfishly, always placing the needs and the needs she perceived for others, ahead of her own.
The memories of her ever present grace and kindness, generosity, patience and unconditional love will help to soften her absence for those who knew her. She acknowledged the importance of each member of her family with a yearly birthday card and always concluded her conversations with her pleasant “bye, bye.” Liz was never known to offer a harsh word and only raised her tone of voice when supporting her favorite sporting teams on television.
Liz was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, in 2001; by her sons, Scott in 2003 and Richard in 1943; and by a brother, Bill Tupling.
Liz is survived by her three sons, Steve Rainer and his wife, Sue, Spokane; Mark Rainer and his wife, Colleen, Colville; Jerry Rainer and Natalie, Tacoma; daughter-in-law, Dawn Rainer, Colville; four sisters, Stella Tupling, Spokane; Ethel Johnson, Spokane; June Wallace and her husband, Bob, Rosalia; Carol Kjack and her husband, Bob, Rosalia; brother-in-law, Otto Rainer and his wife, Geraldine, Colville; 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial was held July 18 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A reception was held immediately follow the Mass at the church hall. A graveside service concluded the celebration at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Chewelah.
Memorial contributions may be given to either Habitat for Humanity or the Union Gospel Mission. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.