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Ethel Elizabeth Cann Rainey
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1914
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
Death: Feb. 21, 2011
Montgomery County
Maryland, USA

Ethel Elizabeth Cann Rainey
February 20, 1914 - February 21, 2011

Ethel Elizabeth Cann Rainey was born on February 20, 1914, in Baltimore, MD. She was the daughter of Harry Pennington Cann, of Baltimore, and Wesley Agnes Stansbury, of Hampstead, MD. She was baptized at the First Methodist Church, Baltimore, MD, which is now called Lovely Lane.

Growing up, Ethel played field hockey and tennis, took piano lessons at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and worked in the local branch library. She graduated from Baltimore's Eastern High School in 1930. Some of her best childhood memories were family summers spent on the Magothy River and visiting her grandmother in Hampstead, MD.

At Goucher College, she was on the swim team and graduated with an English degree in 1934. Ethel was married to Dr. Charles Clark Rainey, a research chemist and patent advisor, for almost 70 years, until his death in 2006. They raised two daughters and a son, Charles Clark Rainey, Jr., who predeceased her in 2000. Charles & Ethel lived in Rome, GA; Memphis, TN; Buffalo, NY; Wilmington, DE; Waynsboro, VA; and Havertown, PA; before settling down in Wellesley, MA, for 37 years. In 1991, Charles & Ethel moved to the Asbury Methodist Village retirement community in Gaithersburg, MD, where Ethel remained in her own apartment until her last illness.

After graduating from Goucher, Ethel worked for her father at Harry P. Cann & Brother, a Baltimore wholesale company that sold toys and stationery. She worked for one year as a secretary in the Bacteriology lab at the Maryland State Health Department until her marriage. After raising her family, Ethel worked for almost 20 years at Danforth Eppley, an investment advisor company, doing secretarial work and researching stock averages.

During WWII, Ethel was a Red Cross Representative in Waynesboro, VA. In Wellesley, she volunteered for many years as head librarian at the Congregational Church. She joined P.E.O., a philanthropic and educational sorority, in Wellesley, and continued as a member of P.E.O. when they retired to Maryland. Ethel enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge, cocktail parties and spending time with her friends. She loved to read and always enjoyed a good book.

Ethel died on February 21, 2011, in Gaithersburg, MD, after celebrating her 97th birthday with her two daughters at her side and visits and phone calls from family and friends. She was buried with her husband Charles at Druid Ridge Cemetery, Baltimore, MD, in a small family service officiated by Rev. Nancy Nedwell of Lovely Lane Methodist Church. 
Family links: 
  Harry Pennington Cann (1881 - 1937)
  Agnes Stansbury Cann (1884 - 1979)
  Charles Clark Rainey (1910 - 2006)*
  Charles Clark Rainey (1942 - 2000)*
  Charles Stansbury Cann (1909 - 1975)*
  Mary Emily Cann Moore (1912 - 1961)*
  Ethel Elizabeth Cann Rainey (1914 - 2011)
  Alice Virginia Cann (1919 - 1976)*
*Calculated relationship
Druid Ridge Cemetery
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA
Plot: Lot 72 Ridgefield Section
Created by: Farnitano
Record added: Jun 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70717346
Ethel Elizabeth <i>Cann</i> Rainey
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Ethel Elizabeth <i>Cann</i> Rainey
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Ethel Elizabeth <i>Cann</i> Rainey
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I miss you grandma
- Lisa
 Added: Sep. 2, 2011

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