Jerrell “Jerrie” Dee Smith Rains

Jerrell “Jerrie” Dee Smith Rains, passed from this life in the early morning hours of Monday, May 30, 2022, in the comfort of her home in Plano, Texas, at the age of 82 years old.

Jerrie was born on November 30, 1939, in Anson, Texas, to Earl Dee Smith and Jewell Irene Neas Smith. Jerrie was raised in a close-knit family and grew up in Anson, Texas area. When she was in the 9th grade, she was in a major car accident that required treatment for over a year. She was able to return to school and graduate. She worked as a soda jerk in a local drugstore, where she met Worney “Joe” Rains. They married shortly thereafter, in 1956.

During their marriage, they had four children together: Michael Charles Rains, Donald Joe Rains, DeeAnn Rains Ashrat, and Darla Kay Rains Sanders. Joe and Jerrie initially raised their family in Hale Center, Texas, located north of Lubbock, Texas. Whereafter, they moved to Mesquite, Texas, in 1963, until such time that they permanently settled in Plano, Texas, in or around 1972.

Jerrie’s children were the love of her life. Growing up she enjoyed all of their activities, baseball, football, and drill team. She was also the President of the PTA and a hair stylist. Jerrie helped establish and run a successful family business – Rains Plumbing Heating and Air. In addition to being a successful businesswoman, Jerrie was a two-time breast cancer survivor. Jerrie loved sewing, reading, and was an avid Cowboys fan. Over her lifetime, Jerrie had many beloved pets that brought her companionship and comfort. Most of all her children and grandchildren brought her tremendous joy and love.

Preceding Jerrie in death are her: parents (Earl Dee Smith and Jewell Irene Smith); five siblings (Marlon Amasa Smith, Charles Edward Smith, Dorothy Nell McCoy, Lawrence Phillip Wesley Smith, and Mary June Donaho); and nephew (Matthew Paul McCarthy).

Left to lovingly remember Jerrie are her: two siblings (Willaim Earl “Bill” Smith and Betty Jo McCarthy); four children (Michael Charles Rains, Donald Joe Rains, DeeAnn Ashrat, and Darla Kay Sanders); eight grandchildren (Mollie D’Ann Smith, Courtney Mikayla Rains, Justin Michael Rains, Selby Christine Rains, Garrett Devlin Rains, Mallory Nicholle Rains, Nathan Brice Sanders, and Grant Marshall Sanders); seven great grandchildren (Aubrey Rae Smith, Forrest Smith, Peyton Smith, Smith Emory Rains, Dylan Patrick Rains, Freyja Elizabeth Ann Ochs, and Landon Apollo Rains); and numerous nephews and nieces.

 

“To Those I Love,” by Isla Paschal Richardson:

If I should ever leave you whom I love,

To go along the silent way, grieve not,

Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk

Of me as if I were beside you there.

(I’d come – I’d come, could I but find a way!

But would not tears and grief be barriers?)

And when you hear a song or see a bird

I loved, please do not let the thought of me

Be sad…For I am love you just as

I always have…You were so good to me!

There are so many things I wanted still

To do – so many things to say to you…

Remember that I did not feat…It was

Just leaving you that was so hard to face…

We cannot see Beyond…

But this I know:

I loved you so – ‘twas heaven here with you!

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