Winnie Mae Carter Rainey

Winnie Mae Carter Rainey, beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, passed away into the arms of Jesus on Monday, September 7, 2015, at 97 years old. Winnie was born May 19, 1918, in Desdemona, to S.E. and Julia Dwyer Carter. Winnie graduated from Desdemona High School. She was an avid reader, quilter, loved needlework and board games. She was a steadfast friend to many and intensely devoted to her family. She enjoyed laughing and had such a cheerful spirit. Winnie was a devoted Christian and her bible was most important to her. She was dearly loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, T.J. (Jiggs) Rainey in 1990; two sons, Rodger Lynn Rainey in 1996 and Larry Dean Rainey in 2013; and brothers and sisters, Jean Jernigan and husband, Lee, Lucille Johnson and husband, Doyle, Esther Cannon and husband, Melvin, and J.D. Carter and wife, Frieda. Winnie is survived by her loving children, Wanda Fox Thetford, Winfred Jack Rainey, Joyce Sides and husband, Sherman, and Randy R. Rainey and wife, Joyce J., all of De Leon; grandchildren, Brent Evans, Bradley L. Sides and wife, Leah, Brandon Sides and wife, Rachael, Amy Rainey, Matt Rainey and wife, Kenna, Mark Rainey and wife, Christina, and Joel Rainey and wife, Brittany; great-grandchildren, Tony Evans, Dawson Sides, Peyton Sides, Jordan Stelter, Blayne Sides, Max Rodriguez, Lilly Rainey, Brody Rainey, Levi Rainey, Kennedy Rainey and Carter Mae Rainey; brother, S.E. Carter Jr. and wife, Melba; daughter-in-law, Debbie Rainey; and several special nephews and nieces, including Lexie Hogg, Donna Dean, Edna Stedham and Koleen Whitefield. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 11, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Nowlin Anders Funeral Home with Minister Denver Rainey officiating. Graveside services will follow in Desdemona Cemetery. Family will receive friends from noon until service time Friday at the funeral home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Desdemona Cemetery Association, in memory of Winnie. Arrangements are in the care of Nowlin Anders Funeral Home, De Leon. Condolences may be offered online at