Irene L. Mainwaring

Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Former Kasilof resident Irene L. Mainwaring died of the effects of a stroke on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Puget Sound Health Care Center in Olympia, Wash. She was 82.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at Tumwater Evangelical Free Church in Tumwater, Wash. Inurnment was at Shelton Memorial Park in Shelton, Wash.

Mrs. Mainwaring was born May 8, 1918, in Seattle to Daniel and Anna Wood. She graduated from Renton High School in 1936, where she was her class valedictorian.

She married Ray Mainwaring on March 6, 1937, in Burien, Wash., and attended classes with him at Biola University in Los Angeles from 1945 to 1949.

Mrs. Mainwaring was a homemaker, a minister's wife and a missionary, serving at churches in Woodland, Calif., Seattle and in Clear and Auke Bay in Alaska. In 1957, she moved to Kasilof, where her husband served as pastor of Kasilof Community Church. The couple helped begin Solid Rock Bible Camp, where Mrs. Mainwaring served as head cook for 10 years and trained many teens in volunteer ministry.

Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, quilting, painting and cake decorating. She also chronicled the history of her family for her grandchildren. She was a member of Tumwater Evangelical Free Church.

Mrs. Mainwaring is survived by her husband, Ray, of Olympia; son, Paul, of Bothell, Wash.; daughters Janice Swanson of Oakland, Calif., Karin Newcomb of Sacramento, Calif., and Susan Mainwaring of Bothell; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be sent to Solid Rock Bible Camp, P.O. Box 489, Soldotna, AK 99669.

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