Geraldine Lorraine Githens Raynor

Oct 18, 2013 Staff

Geraldine Lorraine Githens Raynor, of Lander, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Help for Health Hospice in Riverton. She was 94 years old.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the Chapel of Mount Hope of Hudson's Funeral Home in Lander. A memorial celebration funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at First United Methodist Church in Lander. Internment will be beside her husband, Charles, at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Lorraine Raynor was born Jan. 2, 1919, on a homestead three miles north of Douglas, the first daughter of Milton Riley Githens and Geraldine Sledd Githens. She had two brothers, Will Githens and Roy Githens, and one sister, Lela May Githens Adams.

Her family said that at an early age, Mrs. Raynor knew she wanted to be a teacher. Continued learning was important to her, and she enjoyed school.

After graduating from Converse County High School in Douglas in 1937, she attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. Her parents moved to Boulder, Colo., so she could live at home and not travel back and forth from her home in Douglas. During her junior year she transferred to Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, Colo. After teaching for four years, getting married and having her first baby, she graduated in March 1945 with a bachelor's degree in education.

On July 25, 1942, she married Charles Willis Raynor in Boulder, Colo. One week later, Mr. Raynor reported for Army training for World War II. The couple's first child was born while he was at Fort Dix, N.J., waiting for transportation to Europe in June 1944. He served his country in Europe until December 1945.

The couple did not wish to raise their three children in Boulder, Colo., so in April 1953, they purchased a ranch on Snavely Lane near Lander. Mr. Raynor ran the ranch while Mrs. Raynor taught school.

She was a homemaker for 10 years while substituting at South Side Grade School. She took a full-time teaching position in January 1955. She eventually taught two years in Safford, Ariz., and Wilcox, Ariz., and one year in Arapahoe.

In 1962, the couple moved their family to Arizona, with the hopes the warmer weather would relieve Mr. Raynor's arthritis pain. However, Arizona was not "home" so in the spring of 1965, they moved their family back to Lander, buying a ranch on the Upper North Fork Road. Mrs. Raynor lived on the ranch until her death.

After returning to Wyoming, Mrs. Raynor resumed teaching sixth grade, and she retired after teaching for twenty-six years in the Lander school district.

Mrs. Raynor was involved with the 4-H clubs, being a leader throughout the years her children were in the organization. She was also a member of the Milford Home Makers Club, holding several offices as a member of the Farm Bureau Club and offices in the Delta Kappa Gamma.

Her family said she enjoyed all homemaking activities, including cooking, sewing, crocheting, gardening, reading and genealogy. She was proud of her large family, watching them grow, becoming adults and pursuing their educations, as she herself was driven to become a college graduate, something her siblings did not have the opportunity to do.

She is survived by her sons, John Raynor and Nadine of Goldonda, Nev., and Robert Raynor and Barbara of San Tan Valley, Ariz.; daughter Darlene Raynor Rossi of Lander; grandchildren David Raynor and Wendy of Winnemucca, Nev., JayDee Raynor and Ramona of Winnemucca, Nev., Crystal Raynor Metzenheim and Brian Metzenheim of Reno, Nev., Peggy Raynor Wolf and Scott Keele of Lander, Melissa Raynor Sunseri and Joe Sunseri of Wondermere, Fla., Abbey Raynor Copehaven of San Tan Valley, Ariz., Adam Raynor of Laramie, LeRoy Rossi and Nikki of Lander, Yvonne Rossi Thornley and Samuel Thornley of Riverton, and Travis Rossi and Cyndi of Rock Springs; great-grandchildren Allyson Raynor Thayer, Sean Raynor, Michael Raynor, Daniel Raynor, Jordan Raynor, all of Winnemucca, Nev., Jami Rossi of Sheridan, Briana Wolf of Lander, Tyrel Wolf of Laramie, Macy Copehaven of San Tan Valley, Ariz., Nicholas Sunseri of Wandermere, Fla., Danen and Derean Thornley of Riverton, and Trysten and Brooklynn of Rock Springs; great-great-grandchildren Willow and Cole Thayer of Winnemucca, Nev.; nephews Bill Githens, Dick Githens and Ted Adams; and nieces Karen Burgman and Peggy Houser.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Will and Roy Githens; sister Lela Githens Adams; husband Charles Raynor in 1976; and son-in-law Frank Rossi.

Services are under the direction of Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander. An online guest book is available at

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