Brave Maureen loses her long battle with cancer

Maureen Raine
Maureen Raine

A former Rothbury woman has lost a brave 13-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Maureen Raine, 72, died on Good Friday in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, America.

She and her husband Dr Cedric Raine lived in Rothbury during their early years together.

She was the daughter of the late Edna and Fordy Laidler, of Rothbury.

A registered nurse, Maureen moved to the United States with Cedric, a medical researcher from Carlisle, in 1968.

She continued her nursing career there until 1985 when she adopted their son Frank, a 12-year-old with spina bifida, from the hospital where she was working as a volunteer.

The family said she brought her work home with her.

She had 12 wonderful years giving Frank a very full life before he died from kidney complications in 1997 at the age of 24.

Cedric was a professor who led a research team on multiple sclerosis at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. He retired in 2008.

Maureen travelled the world with him as he took part in scientific meetings.

The couple were in their 50th year of marriage and were well known in Rye, New York, where they lived from 1970 to 2012.

Maureen is survived by Cedric and a brother John, who lives in Newport, Wales.

A funeral service was held last Thursday.

Donations in lieu of flowers were made to the American Cancer Society.