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Irene Salmon Rainey, 89, who lived her entire life in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, died March 20, 2022.

Irene was born November 25, 1932, in Jersey Shore to Clarence W. and Ethel White Salmon, but was raised by her maternal grandparents, James and Blanche Barton White.

Irene was married to Charles (Bush) W. Rainey in March 1950 until her death in July 1978.

Irene obtained her LPN certification in May 1976 and retired from Jersey Shore Hospital in December 2006 after 30 years of service as an LPN.

She was a member of Lighthouse Wesleyan Church in Jersey Shore and was a dedicated Bible scholar.

If you knew her, you know that her hobby was to find treasures in other people’s bric-a-brac (garage sales and American Rescue Store). She never passed up a Bible in her quest to spread the word of God. She was an avid book collector and celebrated the twice annual Jersey Shore Library sale.

She is survived by six children, Connie (Len) Frye, Carolyn Rainey, Charles (Connie) Rainey, Jr. and Ann Rainey, all of Pennsylvania, Linda Rainey of Florida and Ethel Grace (Andy) Kramer of Texas; eight grandchildren, Ron (Nancy), Judy and Christine Saiers, Michael Rainey, Marcus (Jennifer) Kramer, Bob (Kelly) and Jennifer (Rupert Grantham) Marshall and Charlie (Amber) Rainey; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by four half-siblings, Sharon Perieda, Doris Keene, James Brown and Shirley Dieckman.

She was predeceased by her husband; Parents; Grand parents; one sister, Barbara Salmon Barnes; a great-granddaughter, Alexandria Saiers, and her beloved in-laws, Karl and Grace Brickell Rainey Hackett, who were an endless source of support and inspiration to her – physically, emotionally and spiritually. She was the last surviving member of Grace’s ten children and their spouses.

In accordance with his wishes, the burial will be private (no visitation or services) at the convenience of the family. She will be interred at Rest Haven Memorial Park alongside her husband.

The family would greatly appreciate if you could share your memories of our mother. To do so or send a message of condolence, please visit his memorial page at

In lieu of flowers, you may honor her memory through any act of charity or kindness or memorial donations in her name to the New Love Center, 229 S Broad St., Jersey Shore, PA 17740, which in conjunction with The Central PA Food Bank serves the hungry in Lycoming and Clinton counties.

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