Pauline Rayner

Pauline Rayner (Dowling)

Tuesday, July 31st, 1928 - Thursday, February 6th, 2020
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Calais - Pauline V. Rayner died peacefully on February 6 with her family by her side in Portland, Maine. She was 91. Pauline was born on July 31, 1928 in Brockway, N.B., the daughter of the late John and Ellen (Morgan) Dowling. She grew up in St. Stephen and attended Catholic Schools. She worked at the cotton mill and Ganongs candy factory in her early years.

She was married to the late Edward Rayner and moved to Calais in 1960. She loved the outdoors, taking walks, gardening, bowling, a good Danielle Steele book, having coffee with friends and sitting on her porch swing talking and laughing with friends and family. She was a member of the Fire Hall #1 Restoration Group and enjoyed going to the meeting s and the pot luck suppers. She worked at the Calais Hospital for 30 years and had fond memories of her many friendships she had made there.

She was predeceased by her two sons, Jimmy and Junior, her brother Alex and sister Bessie.
She is survived by her daughter Ellen Boyer and her husband Bill of Standish, sons Jackie and his wife Brenda of Grand Manan, Danny and his wife Peggy of Ft. Kent and Stephen and his wife Cathy of Spruce Head, ten grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren. She is also survived by her niece Mary Ann O’Brien and husband Wilfred, whom she was very close to and spent a lot of time venturing and going out for lunch. Niece Diane Greene and husband Joey of Grand Manan and nephews Bill Dowling of St. Stephen and Doug Clinch and wife Ting of Grand Manan. A special thank you to friends Artie and Amy Pike for all their help and support, Joy York for all the coffee outings and Sally Nelligan and Gladys Greenlaw for their adventures and shenanigans.

In lieu of flowers, be kind, don’t judge people, live each day like it’s your last, call your mom, spend time with family, thank God every day for your blessings and for those who wish to can make a donation to their favorite charity in her name.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Kevin J. Martin 11 a.m. Thursday, February 13, 2020. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the Mass, beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Milltown Catholic Cemetery, St. Stephen, NB. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
    31 Calais Ave
    CALAIS, ME 04619
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
    31 Calais Ave
    CALAIS, ME 04619
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Kevin J. Martin
  • Interment

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 12:00pm
    Milltown Catholic Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    St. Stephen, New Brunswick
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Eileen Leavitt

Posted at 03:16pm
Condolences to the family of Pauline Rayner. Pauline was my neighbor, coworker, and friend for many many years. I loved our chats and tea on her porch swing. She will be very missed on Monroe Street.

Thinking of you all,
Eileen Leavitt & Family

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Posted at 07:27am
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Posted at 07:02am
Steve and Cathy, So sorry for your loss.
Suzanne Taber

Sharon Malburg-Bartlett

Posted at 07:36pm
So sorry for your loss!
Sharon and Gerry Bartlett

Sally Doten

Posted at 05:01pm
Dear Ellie and Pauline's family, I am so sorry learn of your mom's passing. I remember her from when you were in high school and from her years at Calais Hospital. Such a sweet lady. Cherish your memories.

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