Anita Louise Raines passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2013, in Aberdeen, Washington.
She was born in Aberdeen, Washington on March 28, 1941, to Clinton and Mildred (Werner) Ross. She grew up in Hoquiam, graduating with the Hoquiam Class of 1959. Later that same year she married Jerry L. Raines of Montesano on October 24, 1959.
After marrying, Anita and Jerry resided in Aberdeen until moving to Cosmopolis is 1968, where she lived until her death.
Anita attended Grays Harbor Business College and then began working for the Anderson & Middleton Company. After raising their three sons, she went to work for Industrial Cut Stock and later Girard Wood Products until retiring in 2005.
Anita enjoyed many trips to Hawaii, Leavenworth, Reno or any place where it was warm and sunny. She traveled to The Dalles, Ellensburg and Yakima for long weekends with her family. Anita instilled the love of traveling to Disneyland with her family. They enjoyed many vacations together visiting various Disney Parks. She enjoyed playing pinochle and was a part of several card groups throughout the years.
Christmas was her favorite holiday; she would decorate nearly every room in their home beginning right after Thanksgiving. She will be remembered for her Cardamom Bread and the many holiday cookies and candies she would make for the holidays. Anita loved to throw a party and she threw some great ones! She enjoyed having a houseful of people and the opportunity to get together to eat, visit and spend time with one another.
More than anything, Anita loved her family. She attended many swim meets, baseball, fast pitch, soccer and lacrosse games to watch her grandkids play. Anita was the cornerstone of her family - a cherished and loving matriarch; she will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.
She is survived by her loving and caring husband of nearly 54 years, Jerry Raines of the family home in Cosmopolis; three wonderful sons, Jerry (Vickie) of Cosmopolis, Darrin (Kim) of the Wishkah Valley and Kevin (Debi) of Redmond; seven special grandchildren, Chase, Hunter, Haley, Rachel, Beau, Jacob and Katie; three brothers, Doug and Dan of Central Park and Andrew of Hoquiam; as well as her life-long friend, Virginia Bloomfield of Hoquiam. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Kathleen.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at the Cornerstone Community Church, 2008 Sumner Avenue, Aberdeen, Washington. A private interment will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery in Cosmopolis.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any remembrances of Anita be sent in her memory to the Cornerstone Community Church. To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Arrangements are provided by Harrison Family Mortuary, Aberdeen, WA.