ROSWELL, NM - A time of visitation for family and friends of Gelene Rainer will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May, 4, at Ballard Funeral Home in Roswell, NM. The family will then gather in Dublin at Harrell Funeral Home to celebrate her life with those who loved her.  

Gelene was an only child to Arthur and Jewel Powers, born in Crowell. Both of Gelene’s parents preceded her in death.  

Gelene, a graduate of Kermit High School in Kermit, found the love of her life and married him, A.D. Rainer, Aug. 1, 1953. She doted on her husband and truly believed that she was there to nurture and care for him and her family. 

A.D. and Gelene were married a wonderful 57 years, before his passing in 2010.  As much as it prided her to be a wife, she gleamed when she became a momma to her four children.  

Gelene loved being a mother and delighted in taking care of her family. All of the years of her life hold precious memories, but they also hold growth. She grew up with her children and was still so young by the time she was called Mamaw by her grandchildren.

Each grandchild can attest to Mamaw riding carnival rides, swimming at the beaches, and listening to rock and roll music. 

She loved to dance, sing, tap her toes, and keep time with all possible body parts. Mamaw loved all children and had such a warm way with them.  Gelene was many things to many people.  She was a caregiver, nurturer, teacher, friend, soothing voice, confidante, and inspiration. She touched so many in her years of serving the Lord and her family that she will surely be missed.  

Some of those that will miss her the most is the family she left behind.

Gelene is survived by all four of her children and their spouses: Belinda Butts and husband Scotty, Kay Reed and husband Rob, Michael Rainer and wife Mary, and Pam Henning and husband Chris. Gelene has also left her grandchildren and their families to finish her work on this earth: Brandon Rainer, wife Stacey and great granddaughters, Tayler and Blake; Jessica Dunn, wife Amber and great grandson, Brennen; Carla Davis, husband Nik and great grandsons Jaxen and Zane; Kim Lynn; Brad Rainer, wife Karri, and great grandsons, Skyler, James, and Bentley; Grandson, Kyle Wilson and Granddaughter, Savannah Henning.