Lena G. Rainwater, 86, of Mt. Vernon and formerly of Belle Rive, died 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Mt. Vernon Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon.
She was born Tuesday, July 13, 1926, in Wayne County, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Calvin) Haile. She married Lonnie H. Rainwater on June 3, 1944, in Jefferson County; he preceded her in death on June 20, 2002.
She is survived by a daughter, Frances Louise Dalby and husband Edward of Mt. Vernon; two grandsons, Kevin Rainwater and wife Jamie of Belle Rive and Darrell E. Dalby and wife Amy of Bluford; two sisters, Florence Estes and husband Linden of Fisher, and Wanda Sparks and husband Carl of Fort Worth, Texas; four brothers, Harold Haile and wife Mary of Belle Rive, Ray Haile of Wayland, Ind., Earl Haile of Paxton and Donald Haile and wife Sarah of Keenes; and four great-granddaughters, three great-grandsons and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Richard “Richie” Rainwater; four sisters, Lucille Haile, Alice Boyd, Ruby Shaw and Kathleen Lowery; three brothers, Arthur Haile, the Rev. Alfred Haile and Russell Haile.
Lena was an inspector at the Mt. Vernon Shoe Factory until retiring and was a member of Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Richard McCormick officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.