Doris H. Rayner, 94, formerly of New Brunswick, passed away Friday, June 23, 2023 at the Parker at Somerset LTC. Doris was born in Bordentown to the late Frank and Helen McNinney and was raised in Florence. She was a resident of Rutgers Village in New Brunswick for over fifty years before moving to Somerset.
Before her marriage, she had been employed by the State Department of Banking and Insurance in Trenton. She then devoted herself to her husband and children as a wonderful homemaker. Once her children were grown, Doris returned to work as an aide for the New Brunswick Board of Education, working at Woodrow Wilson School for twenty-five years prior to her retirement. During that time, she was also employed as a facilitator of the after-school program for the New Brunswick Recreation Department.
She was a long-time member of the Saint James Episcopal Church in Edison. Also a former member of the Rutgers Village Civic Association, the North Brunswick Seniors, and the Red Hat Society.
Doris loved to read and always had a passion for learning and staying abreast of current events. She enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and loved all animals. Children held a very special place in Doris' heart, she loved them all unconditionally. She was known for her sense of humor and quick wit, and all she met called her "friend".
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Theodore (Ted) C. Rayner in 1989, her eldest son Ronald just recently in March 2023, and also by her sister Jean Dyson.
Doris leaves behind her devoted daughter Patricia Cladek and husband Walt of New Brunswick, her loving son Steven Rayner and wife Marcy of North Plainfield, seven grandchildren, Stacy, Melissa, Matthew, Zachary, Sarah, Ryan and Tyler, two great granddaughters, Quinn and Brooke, her nephew Bob and niece Mary.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday 1:00 pm at the Mitruska Funeral Home, Inc., 531 New Brunswick Ave., Fords. Interment will follow in the Washington Monumental Cemetery in South River. Relatives and friends are invited to pay respects Wednesday from 11:00 am to 1:00 PM. For those so desiring, memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital.