Anna Jeannette Raines, Receptionist

July 05, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Anna Jeannette Raines, a retired receptionist and bookkeeper who had been an avid figure skater in her earlier years, died in her sleep Monday at the Pickersgill retirement home in Towson. She was 101.

Anna Jeannette Taylor, the daughter of a butcher and a homemaker, was born in Hampstead and raised in Reisterstown.

After graduating from Franklin High School in 1925, she went to work as a receptionist and bookkeeper for Dr. George L. Zimmerman, a Harford Road physician.

"She also assisted in the delivery of many babies," said her son, John M. Raines Jr. of Glen Burnie.

Mrs. Raines, who was known as Jeannette, worked for the physician for more than 30 years before retiring in the late 1950s.

In the 1940s, Mrs. Raines joined the Baltimore Figure Skating Club that used to skate at the old Sports Center on North Avenue, and later at Carlin's Iceland at Carlin's Park.

"She became an excellent ice dancer and with her brother won many trophies in Mid-Atlantic and other Eastern competitions," her son said.

Mrs. Raines, who stopped skating in the 1960s, also became a nationally known skating judge.

A resident of Loch Raven Village, she later moved to the Courthouse Apartments in Towson, and finally in 1985 to the Chestnut Avenue retirement community.

Mrs. Raines, who also was an avid contract bridge player, enjoyed entertaining, cooking and traveling.

She lived unassisted in her own apartment at Pickersgill and drove her car until she was 93.

She was a longtime member of Towson United Methodist Church.

Her husband of 59 years, John M. Raines Sr., a Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. inventory keeper, died in 1985.

"I hope she's in a place where she can skate all day and play bridge all night," her son said.

Services were Thursday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home.

Also surviving is a niece, Patricia Boyle of Virginia Beach, Va.

- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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