Dean, Mary Rainey


Mary Rainey Dean, 98, of New Castle passed away the evening of June 27, 2022, at Rhodes Estates.
Born on July 21, 1923, in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Glenn H. and Ada Belle (Barner) Ludwig.

On April 30, 1947, she married James R. Rainey. After their marriage, James earned his pastoral degree and the Rev. James R. Rainey, preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 1991. Subsequently, she married Charles A. "Bud" Dean on Sept. 30, 2000. He preceded her in death on April 9, 2017.

Mary worked as a clerk at Strouss-Hirshberg Department Store and then went on to work as a bookkeeper at Feola's Flower Shop. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Wimodausis.

Mary was a member of Grace United Methodist Ministry, where she taught Sunday School.

Survivors include daughter Carol Ann (Robert) Davidson of Erie, son James R. Jr. (Mary Ann) Rainey of Pulaski, stepson C. Thomas (Jane) Dean of Volant, stepdaughter Marsha (Ronald) Niemi, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation was scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.

A service was to follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Darrell Lockie and Rev. William LaVelle of Grace United Methodist Ministry officiating. Burial will be at Oak Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the American Cancer Society, 2115 W. 38th St., Erie, Pa., 16508; or Grace United Methodist Ministry, 135 Decker Drive, New Castle, Pa. 16105.

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