Vivian J. (Moorhead) Rains

Born: Wed., Nov. 27, 1918
Died: Thu., Apr. 20, 2017


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Mon., Apr. 24, 2017
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Apr. 24, 2017
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mrs. Vivian J. Rains, age 98, of Olney, IL and formerly of Robinson, IL, died peacefully Thursday April 20, 2017 at 3:10 AM at Richland Memorial Hospital, Olney, IL following a heart attack.

She was born in Louisville, Kentucky on November 27, 1918, the daughter of Joe and Arkie (Montgomery) Moorhead.  They moved to Crawford County when Vivian was two weeks old.  She was the oldest of seven children.  

The family were all musicians and she spent all her life involved in music, beginning as a child with the family group of singers, the Moorhead Merrymakers.  She was the organist for the Robinson Christian Church for 55 years and the Robinson Episcopalian Church for 40 years as well as giving music lessons in her home for 45 years.

At the age of 10 she was baptized at the Hutsonville Christian Church and was involved in church activities since then.

On February 12, 1936, she married Stanley D. Rains, and he preceded her in death June 26, 2008.  She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Joe D. and Nora Rains, Sumner, IL; a daughter and son-in-law, Rosalee and Joe Becker, Boscabel, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, David Rains, Ft. Worth, TX; Jeanna and Brent Ruppel, Windsor, CA; Peggy and Jason Kern, Olney, IL; Kate Rains, San Diego, CA; Lael and Ann Bush, Windsor, CA; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Rhea Glenn, Robinson, IL; Mrs. Joan Craig, Columbus, OH; Mrs. Ruby Helen Rich, Newton, IL and a sisters-in-law, Maxine Moorhead, Louisville, KY, Helen Rains and Margaret Sherwood, Greenville, SC along with several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Stanley D. Rains; a brother, Charles “Bud” Moorhead and a sister, Celesta Walter.

Funeral service will be Monday April 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL, with Rev. T.R. Akers and Pastor Reif Donaldson officiating. Visitation will be Monday April 24, 2017 from 11:00 AM until the time of service at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Hutsonville Cemetery, rural Hutsonville, IL.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Christian Church, Robinson, IL or the Sumner Christian Church with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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Marla Stitt Pisarek
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
My heart is breaking to know that Vivian is no longer here spreading her special brand of joy. She was an integral part of my growing up in the First Christian Church. She was Bible school leader, she was the organist, she was the lover of all children and the "encourager-in-chief" to every one of us growing up at First Christian. She taught us by her example about the love of God and His love for each of us.

I loved her so much then. I feel the very same way today as I write this through tears. I know that I can say that I knew a genuine angel on earth. That was Vivian. Thank you, God, for the gift of her!

My condolences to Rosalie and those who loved Vivian. We must not be so sad. She is in the place she taught us all so much about! I am sure Heaven is celebrating today at her arrival!

Barbara R (Murray) Kipple
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
So very sad to learn of Vivian's passing, but I shall look forward to seeing her again one day. She was very dear to me and our family. My sincere condolences to her family.

Jan Kern
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
Vivian was a very special person. She was always very spiritual and genuinely concerned about other people.

Keith McIntire
   Posted Fri April 21, 2017

I'm saddened by your passing. I know you are in a better place free of pain and worries. I've grown quite fond of you during your stay at Brookstone Manor. I always looked forward to seeing you smile and laugh. You brought sunshine to everyone around you. I'm going to miss you. You are in heaven looking down and it makes me feel better you are looking after us. Sleep in eternal peace.

Deana, Sue, and John Dappert
   Posted Fri April 21, 2017
Aunt Viv, was a wonderful, musical person. Were glad to be in the family with the Morehead sisters. She's got a great family. Thinking of her family. She was a great musical person.

Jan Cox
   Posted Fri April 21, 2017
What a special lady! I remember her playing at the First Christian Church as I sang in the choir! I know she is playing beautifully in heaven!
RIP Vivian!!

Linda Rains
   Posted Fri April 21, 2017
Dear Rosalie and Joe Dee,

Larry, Sue, Kelly and Jay join me in sending our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Dear Mother. She was such a special Aunt, and we will always remember her beautiful smile. Her sweet letters were filled with love, good wishes and prayers. We have so many fond childhood memories of shared fun times with our Aunt Vivian. We celebrate her long and happy life with you.

Love, Linda, Larry, Sue, Kelly & Jay

Debbie Sheets
   Posted Fri April 21, 2017
Rosalie and Joe Dee and Family,

Your precious mother was so special to everyone whose life she touched. She and Uncle Stanley never failed to give my family their love, encouragement and frequent visits, especially in the last years my parents lived in Hutsonville. I feel especially blessed to have been her pupil for most of my childhood and owe my love of the piano to her. I never sit down to play without thinking of her! Through the years she has been a devoted letter writer and often enclosed her church bulletins and card saying God Loves You. Her faith was what inspired me most. I send our love and prayers from my family and Dad. Debbie Sheets

Shirley Dix Spigner
   Posted Sat April 22, 2017
Dear Cousins Joe Dee and Rosalie- Words are inadequate to fully express the joy of having known our Aunt Vivian for these many years. She was a beacon of light and touched each of our lives in a special way. We will forever hold the fond memories of her gentle spiritual counseling, her beautiful smile, family times together, warm and loving words she spoke and wrote to all of us. The world was a better place with her in it. Truly she was a "Daughter of the King" and though her earthly life has ended, her light will shine on in our hearts as a reminder of the hope of all things to come. May our God comfort you and your families in the loss of your precious Mother. Love to All- Shirley, Eric and Jill

James Mullins
   Posted Sun April 23, 2017

GARDEN PATH was sent by Jim Mullins.

You will be in our hearts always!!!! I'll always remember hearing you play Oh so many songs for us and our Mom and Dad, Edmund & Mabel Mullins. From Betty Umbarger, Linda and Ray Newbold, Joyce Maurer and Jim and Suzy Mullins

Jeanine (Stitt)Taylor
   Posted Mon April 24, 2017
Dear Vivian's family(including Rhea ): I was very sad to hear of Vivian's passing. To me, she was one of those that I thought would live forever and never leave us. I know she has eternal life with our Heavenly Father. Vivian was such a joy to be around when I was growing up in the church and she was also my Sunday School teacher for a time. My sisters and I enjoyed her and Stanley very much and my twin and I enjoyed going out to their home at Westlake and I will never forget Vivian taking us to the Episcopal church where she played organ/piano. I have many great memories of her and I will never forget her and Stanley. In fact I plan to see them again someday. We all will so try not to be sad. This is what my faith teaches me.

Cheryl Mefford
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
My family and the Moreheads plus Stanley have been intertwined throughout my whole life. We have shared our love for music together and laughed and teased each other over the years. Vivian lived a life of great faith and served her church and others through her musical contributions as organist and pianist. We know that she has a place on an organ bench in heaven and is accompanying the heavenly choirs and waiting for the rest of her family to arrive to revive the Morehead Merry Makers. We will miss her here on earth but will look forward to seeing her again in our heavenly home.

   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
So sorry to hear of Vivian's passing but I am sure there's a fine reunion going on in heaven! With music! Vivian was such a vibrant person, and I have very fond memories of her and her music at Hutsonville FBC (and of her brother Bud.) My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Jeni Dean
   Posted Wed April 26, 2017
There was no kinder person than Vivian Rains. She always had a good word and a BIG smile. Vivian will live on forever in our memories and in our hearts.

Bridget (Howe) Rhoads
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
Viv was always so kind and full of fun. Although St Mary's was such a small congregation she was ever faithful. There never was a sweeter soul.

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