Rayma Jean(Smith) Grimes

Rayma Jean(Smith) Grimes went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 18th, 2011, surrounded by her loving family following a short illness.

Rayma was born to Guy Raymond “Blue” and Bonnie Lucille (Sweeten) Smith on Nov. 1, 1939, in Picher, Okla. They preceded her in death.

Rayma married Wayne (Burly) Grimes on July 9, 1957, in Oswego, Kan. They just celebrated 54 years of marriage last week. He survives of the home. To this union four children were born, Kimberly DeAnn and husband, Jack Pace, of Loma Linda, Mo., Janie Michelle and husband, Maxie Mantle, of Loma Linda, Lisa Jo and husband, Todd Berry, of Monroe, La., and Jimmy Wayne Grimes and wife, Shelly, of Baxter Springs, Kan.

Grandchildren include Michelle Leigh Mantle, Matthew Mantle and wife, Lindy, KyLeigh K’ Garrett and husband, Kris, Jordan Leigh and Ryleigh Jo Berry, Ashleigh and Aleigh Grimes; great-grandchildren include: Noah Brock and Quincy Leigh Mantle and Halleigh Kate Garrett.

She is survived by sister, Linda Heatherly and brother-in-law, Larry; two brothers, Larry Linthicum and wife, Judy, of Galena, Kan., and Joe Linthicum and wife, Drema, of Miami, Okla.; and sister and brother-in-law, Marcia (Grimes) and Len Vannatta.

Rayma graduated from Picher High School in 1957. Her classmates remain very special to her. She worked at B.F. Goodrich in the personnel office for 25 years prior to its closing. Upon closing she and Burly purchased the nursing home in Picher in August 1987, which became Leigh Manor in honor of their granddaughters. They retired from the business in November of 2006. Rayma obtained a LPN Nursing degree from Afton Vo-Tech in July 1989. Rayma lived in Picher all of her life and relocated to Loma Linda in 2007. She was a member of the Picher United Methodist Church from 1946 to 2007. She also served as the church treasurer. Upon relocation she attended the St. Paul’s Methodist Church, of Joplin, Mo., Aaron Brown, Pastor. Rayma volunteered as a Lunch Buddy at Cecil Floyd Elementary in Joplin, through Bright Futures.

The family will receive friends at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, on Thursday, July 21, at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Graveside services will immediately follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus, Kan., at 2 p.m. Paul Ingram Thomas will serve as officiant. Pallbearers will be Larry Linthicum, Joe Linthicum, Larry Heatherly, Benny Miller, Tommy Houston, Len Vannatta, Ellis Jones and Robert Harper. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Picher High School Class of 1957.