Janet Beverly (Maurice) Raine, of Edinboro, known as Beverly to family and friends, was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, near the Mason Dixon Line, on November 16, 1936. She was the eldest daughter of the late Clyde J. Morris and Mae Roberts Morris, who own and operate a classic dairy farm near the village of Barnsley. Starting from an early age, Beverly was actively involved in the farm household chores and worked alongside her father in the fields and in the dairy barn. The family also had a labor-intensive truck garden and a poultry business, all of which gave Beverly the strong work ethic she had owned throughout her life.
Beverly was proud of her Quaker ancestry and was active in the Friends of Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania in her early years. Genealogy has been her passion throughout her life. She was able to trace several direct ancestral bloodlines in her family back to the Quakers who arrived in Philadelphia Harbor from England and Wales in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
Beverly and her sister Nina walked to an old country school in Barnsley for their first eight years at public school, and both gave their farewell letters there in the years they graduated. She spent her high school years in Beverly at Oxford High School. Over the next two years, Beverly attended Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Beginning in early childhood, Beverly decided to become a registered nurse after her student years at Elizabethtown College, continuing her studies in Philadelphia and completing a diploma program in nursing at Jefferson Medical College Hospital School of Nursing in 1959. After passing the Board of Nursing exams, Beverly was awarded a degree Bachelor of Nursing from Elizabethtown College and was one of the first certified nurses in the area to earn an undergraduate degree in nursing.
While in Philadelphia, Beverly met her future husband Donald James Wren. They married in 1960, and on April 9, 2022, Beverly and Jim celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Married life began in New Jersey where Jim was stationed at Ft. Dix during the escalation of the Cold War. After an “early discharge” from the military, Jim was accepted into graduate school at Bucknell University, and the first two children were born there while Beverly was working at the hospital in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Teaching at high school in Bowling, New York, then came to her husband while Beverly was working at nearby Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. In mid-January 1965, they moved to Edinboro, Pennsylvania, where Jim began his long career teaching chemistry at the college. Their third child was born in 1969.
Beverly’s nursing career, always in the hospital, has been going on continuously for 40 years. She was proud to be a generalist in the nursing profession rather than a specialist. It was said that she was as strong in one discipline as in each of the others. She spent the last 25 years of her nursing career at Doctors Osteopathic Hospital (later known as Metro Health Center), Erie, Pennsylvania, where she worked as a nursing supervisor. She also worked at Medville City Hospital and Union City Hospital, as well as the hospital in Elkton, Maryland, earlier in her career. Beverly was known for her brilliant memory, affectionate direction, and excellent professionalism.
Throughout her life, Beverly played the piano and taught her children, grandchildren and neighbors to play. In later years, she worked as a substitute pianist at the Edinboro Presbyterian Church where she was an active member, and for 40 years was a member of the hand bell choir in the same church. She also enjoyed playing the piano for church services at Edinboro Manor for several years. She has been a longtime member of the Edinboro Book Review Club, in continuous existence since 1930, and has been a recent member of the Edinborough Book Club. She was a powerful Republican and worked at the polls in Washington Township. At home, she loved the landscaping around her home and enjoyed the collection of trees and flowering shrubs they’ve planted during the 50+ years of living on their 6N Route property. She was an established birdwatcher and taught herself to identify the many songbirds in Erie, County. She and her husband were a fan of the Civil War and enjoyed trips over the years to almost every known Civil War site as well as trips every few years to Kalahu, Kauai, Hawaii, to visit her sister. Spending time at this family vacation home in the mountains of Lekinge County in north-central Pennsylvania was a special treat. Most of all, she loved to interact with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Beverly died on September 14, 2022 at the age of 85 at St. Vincent’s Hospital after a short illness. She is survived by her husband Donald James Raine, Edinboro, and her three daughters: (1) Janet Raine Nelson (Bell), Albuquerque, New Mexico, (2) Julie Raine Tinky (Douglas), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and (3) Jennifer Raine Berger (Bell) from Edinboro. She is also survived by her six grandchildren: Kyle, Kali, and Kelsey Berger of Edinboro, Nathan Tinke, a federal attorney in Maryland, Heather Tinke, a physical therapist assistant, of Orlando, Florida, and Vanessa Tinke (Michael Hope), a pharmacist. There are three great-grandchildren Lily, Lucas, and Arya. Beverly’s beloved sister, Nina Morris-Maggun, and Dr. Thatcher-Magon’s brother-in-law, Hawaii, are also alive.
There will be visiting hours on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at First United Presbyterian Church, 4281 Rt. 6N, Edinburgh, PA 16412. A memorial service will follow at 5:00 p.m.
The Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. was commissioned. Edenboro made funeral arrangements.
The burial will be near her home in the Washington Valley Cemetery at the corner of Route 6N and Sharp Road, overlooking the scenic valley that Beverly so loved. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Edinboro at the above address, or to the Macular Degeneration Society at macularhope.org/donate. To send condolences please visit www.gluntfuneralhome.com.
Published online September 17, 2022
Published in the Erie Times News