Mary Ellen <I>Sparks</I> Rainwater

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Mary Ellen Sparks Rainwater

  • Birth 5 Nov 1829 Tennessee, USA
  • Death 30 Dec 1889 Dayton, Columbia County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Dayton, Columbia County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 13694599

Married to: John Kiefer RAINWATER (b: 3 Jan 1834 in Sevier County, Tennessee) on 27 Nov 1853 in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas.


1. Delila RAINWATER b: 10 Oct 1854 in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas
2. Susan Jane RAINWATER b: 17 Feb 1856 in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas
3. Sarah Alice RAINWATER b: 17 Feb 1858 in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas
4. Lucinda Ellen RAINWATER b: 13 Feb 1860 in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas
5. Arthur Licurgus RAINWATER b: 28 Feb 1863 in Willamette, Yamhill, Oregon
6. Mary Elizabeth RAINWATER b: 12 Jan 1866 in Willamette, Yamhill, Oregon
7. Nancy Evaline RAINWATER b: 22 Apr 1868 in Willamette, Yamhill, Oregon
Died in her home in Dayton, Washington, 30 Dec 1889, Mrs. Mary E. Rainwater, wife of J. K. Rainwater.

Sister Rainwater was born in Tennessee, Nov 25, 1829. Her parents moved to Arkansas when she was a girl. She was married to J. K. Rainwater Nov 27, 1853, came across the plains in 1864, lived in Willamette, Oregon until 1868, then came to this city where they have lived up to this time.

There were born them seven children, all grown and married, except the youngest daughter who is still at home, and all are now living except Mrs. C. R. Dorr, who died not quite one year ago. The children are: Mrs. Delila Muncey, wife of Geo. A. Muncey, of this city; Mrs. Susan J. White, wife of Hon. O. C. White of Olympia; Mrs. Sarah A. Greene, wife of Lieut. Greene of Prescott, Arizona; Mrs. L. Ellen Robinson, wife of Wm. Robinson of this city; Mr. A. I. Rainwater of Garfield Co.; Mrs. Mary E. Dorr, wife of C. R. Dorr of this city; and Miss Nannie E. Rainwater, who still remains at home.

Sister Rainwater was converted and joined the M. E. Church in her girlhood days. She was for more than 40 years an exemplary christian. She and her husband are the only ones now known who were among those when the church organized in Dayton 21 years ago. During all these years, she has been a faithful and earnest christian worker; her pastor found her a true and tried helper. Only a few days previous to her death she was quite active in securing a carpet for the parsonage, giving of her own means as well as of her time.

She was a faithful member of the Eastern Star of this city which did not lessen her interest in church work. Her funeral was preached by the writer 1 Jan 1890 in the M. E. Church to a large audience. The Star of which she was a member first paying their tribute of respect, the sermon following. Thus closes a long and useful life. Age 60 years, one month and 25 days. God bless the sorrowing ones. Their loss her eternal gain.

W. T. Ford, Pastor, M. E. Church, Dayton, Wash.

From the 4 Jan 1890 issue of unknown Dayton, Columbia Co., WA newspaper.

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  • Created by: Arthur Allen Moore III
  • Added: 21 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13694599
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Ellen Sparks Rainwater (5 Nov 1829–30 Dec 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13694599, citing Dayton City Cemetery, Dayton, Columbia County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Arthur Allen Moore III (contributor 46828136) .