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Brown Raines Theus

Obituary of Mrs. L. [Anna] H. [M.] Raines, Savannah, Georgia.

At Savannah, Ga., on January 23, 1915, Mrs. L. [Anna] H. [M.] Raines, after a long illness, entered into rest.

One of its most prominent members has been lost to the U. D. C. in the death of Mrs. Raines, whose devoted service began with the organization and ended only when ill health and feebleness caused her to give up the beloved work. During the convention in Savannah last November Mrs. Raines was an interested visitor for a part of two sessions, occupying the seat of honor by the side of the President General, and friends who greeted here there realized that it was the last meeting. Mrs. Raines had a prominent part in organizing the U. D. C. and was made its first Vice President. She also served as President General in filling out the unexpired term of Mrs John C. Brown, second President of the organization. She was always a leader in the work of here State. The first Chapter in Georgia, organized at Savanah in May, 1894, was one of forty-two Chapters that Mrs. Raines organized and she also organized the Georgia Division, U. D. C., in 1896 and served as its President. Mrs. Raines was Custodian of the Cross of Honor from 1907 to 1913, when ill health forced her to give up that labor of love. During all the years in that office she labored faithfully to complete the records, and her books contained the names and records of every recipient of the cross, some 58, 545, filling eight volumes. Realizing the great value of her work, the U. D. C. had these books handsomely bound and placed in the Confederate Museum at Richmond. In recongnition of the service she had rendered, the General Convention some years ago presented to her a handsome badge of the Association, set with diamonds and rubies, and later a handsome silver service was also presented. In connection with the late Thomas N. Theus, a noted jeweler of Savannah, Mrs. Raines helped to design the U. D. C. badge, of which she was very proud.

Mrs. Raines had lived all here life in Savannah, where she was much beloved. Two sons and a daughter survive her.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1915.

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