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Elizabeth "Betsy" Linn Rainey, 78, of Monongah, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 24, 2017) at St. Barbara's Nursing Home after a lengthy battle with Alzheimers disease and dementia.
She was born Sept. 2, 1938, in Fairmont, daughter of the late George and Violet (Finch) Linn.
Betsy grew up in Grafton and graduated from Grafton High School in 1956. She then attended Fairmont State College and graduated in 1960 with a degree in music education. She then moved to Annapolis, Maryland, where she began her teaching career. She moved back to Grafton in 1981. Betsy attended Boothsville Baptist Church where she was able to live out her calling and passion as the choir director. She was also a choir director for numerous other Baptist churches in Annapolis, Maryland, Grafton and Fairmont. She was an accomplished pianist and vocalist. She frequently sang or played the piano at weddings. She was well known for her rendition of "O Holy Night" on Christmas Eve. Betsy continued to play the piano and sing at St. Barbara's Nursing Home where she provided much enjoyment for the other residents and staff. In addition to her musical talents, she loved to crochet and cross stitch items to give as gifts.
Betsy is survived by three children, Leigh Aldridge and husband Scott of Monongah, Ann Jones of New Enterprise, Pennsylvania, and John David Rainey of Wheeling; five grandchildren, Claire Jones, Evan Jones, Jonathan Aldridge, Jordon Aldridge and Jonas Rainey; one sister, Beatrice Giles of Salisbury, Maryland; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Paul and Mary Ann Rainey of Nicholasville, Kentucky, Joe Williams of Lexington, Kentucky, Lucille Rainey of Winchester, Kentucky, Stella Rainey of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Dean Rainey, whom she married on June 16, 1962; two brothers, John Lee Linn and Russell Linn; a sister, Mildren Kopacki; and a son-in-law, Marty Jones.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. in Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Jerry Nuzum officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com.
Published on January 26, 2017
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