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.