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ALLIANCE – Joan Doreen Raynes, 89, died at 5:10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Crandall Medical Center.

Joan was born Nov. 29, 1923, in Sheffield, United Kingdom, to Harold Herbert and Hilda Maude (Harlow) Smith.

Joan attended English Public Schools in Sheffield, and Grenoside, up to the “O” level. During the 1960s, she was the Steubenville Public School Secretary, during the 1970s, a Youngstown School Secretary, and from 1940 to 1947, worked in the County Council Business Office, in Sheffield, England.

During World War II, she was a Fire Watch Coordinator, along with her best friend, Beryl. She was one of the first women fire watchers during World War II in Sheffield. She would stand on the roof of the County Council Business Office during air raids in the Blitz to put out incendiary bombs.

She served in the Civil Defense as a Firefighter during World War II in England, and served in the Report and Control Center in Sheffield, NALGO, National Association of Local Government Offices.

Joan was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church. She was a former member of the church bell choir, and member of the United Methodist Women, and church Bible study.

Survivors include two sons, Rev. Philip R. (Allyson) Raynes of Rootstown and Dr. Christopher David Harlow (Laura) Raynes of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, David (Denise) Raynes of Rocky River, Kathleen (Brandon) Steed of Ashley, Jeremy Raynes of Phoenix, Paul (Renee) Pilat, Adam (Melinda) Pilat, and Carie Pilat (Amy Young); great-grandchildren, Katrina and Brianna Raynes, Josua Dawson, Megan Hoyt, Brittany and Rachel Pilat, Jeremy Pilat, and Jonathan Steed; one brother-in-law, Peter Gregory Raynes of Surrey, England; and most dear friends, Charles and Martha McClaugherty and daughters, Helen Cosner and Anna Cordova.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Rev. William Robert Raynes, whom she married Sept. 20, 1947, and who died July 15, 2011.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Bennett Chapel at Copeland Oaks with Rev. Allan Zagray officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 4682 Douglas Circle, NW, Canton, OH 44718, or to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, 251 Post Street, Ste 600, San Francisco, CA 94108.

Arrangements are by the Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home, 75 S. Union Ave. S. Union Ave., Alliance, OH 44601.

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