Patricia “Pat” E. Rayner passed away quietly and in peace Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. She was 100.
A Catholic Mass will be held today, Friday, Aug. 22 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Canice Church.
Patricia was born to Walter Regan and Elizabeth Irene Locke on March 17, 1914. She grew up in San Leandro and attended schools there, in Oakland and UC Davis. After working briefly for Pan Am Airlines, located on Treasure Island, she met her first husband, William “Andy” Anderson and quit her job to become a homemaker. While still living in the Bay Area, she became quite skilled and proficient with knitting and later taught this long forgotten skill with patience and enthusiasm. Later, Andy and Pat moved to Paradise, Calif., in 1960, and in December of 1962, Andy passed away.
Pat remained in Paradise and did volunteer work with her local parish, helping and assisting those in need. In the late 1960’s she met Gene Rayner and on April 1, 1970 they were married. Ten years later, Gene and Pat moved to Grass Valley, which to them was truly ‘Paradise.’ As most retired couples do, they did a lot of traveling, which included stops at Japan, Bangkok, Bali, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada. After traveling, they turned to Gene’s favorite sport, bowling. Although Pat said she was not very good at bowling, they did enjoy making new friends from different leagues and exchanging techniques that she would never use. Gene passed away on May 1, 2005; however, Pat continued to bowl until she was 90 years old. She also became a volunteer for the literacy program and then volunteered with The Ladies Auxiliary at the Golden Empire Facility.
In March of this year, family and friends gathered together to celebrate Pat’s 100th Birthday with great joy. Pat was a very influential person, who respected and cherished others and, life itself. She will truly be missed.
She is survived by her stepdaughter Susan Weber from Sweet Home, Ore.; three grandchildren, Erik Weber from Sonora, Calif., Michael Weber from Clovis, Calif. and Christina Kee from Glendora, Calif. and seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by nephews, ADM Walter Locke (USNR) of McLean, Va., James Locke of Alexandria, Va., Patrick Locke from Marysville, Calif. and nieces, Nansie Crowther from Lake Almanor, Calif., Frances Locke from Nevada City, Calif., and Mary Locke-Kilmer from Gridley, Calif. She also has forty great and great-great nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Elizabeth Locke; brothers, Mel and Fred Locke; first husband, Andy Anderson and second husband, Gene Rayner.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.