Laraine Kay (Okey) Flinn

Born: 12/09/1950 Passed:

Laraine “Rainy” Flinn passed away at home holding her husband’s hand peacefully from complications of COPD.

Laraine was a proud Lincoln High School graduate. She was; a Loving Wife, an Amazing Mother, an Awesome Grandma, and a Caring Sister. She was an amazing person that always put others before herself. She served as both Vice President and President as well as District Director of the JC Woman’s Club until the age of 35. She was Co-Founder and President of the Perry Community Service League. Co-President of Watson Unite. Laraine was Vice President of the Perry Football Moms and President of the Perry Basketball Boosters. She worked primarily in the Records Department for the Perry Police Department. She spent the majority of her years serving others and adored every opportunity.

Laraine’s special interests included friends, family, and fishing. She loved going to Lake Mohawk and fish with her best friends Harry and Carol Spurrier. She loved watching football and other sports with family. She was a true sports fan. She sold Avon for over 49 years and loved and cherished the relationships she made along the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents Wilma and Warren Okey, sisters Ardyth Grimsley and Anita Bias, and brother Thomas Okey. She is survived by her loving husband, Lonnie Flinn and Brother Lawrence Okey. Her oldest son Christopher Flinn and wife Sherri. Her daughter Kimberly Flinn and her youngest son Ryan Flinn and wife Vanessa. She loved her grandkids: Sarah McCullough, Breeanna Hanes and Husband Jacob Hanes, Jordan Flinn, Ellie Flinn, Hannah Flinn, Clayton Flinn, and Crosby Flinn. Her Nieces and Nephews Denny Bias; Denise and Keisha (Natalie) Middleton. Angela (Robert) and Gracie Fenton, Cindy Sue, Ronnie, David, and Tommy Grimsley.

Brother In-Law Jerry Flinn and Sister-In-Laws Kelly “Aunt Pat” Kovach, Karen Okey, and Anita Flinn.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Faith Family Church
8200 Freedom Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720
The Service will start at 5:30 on January 6, 2020
with a banquet following the service.
There are no Calling Hours.

Memorial gifts may be made to: Pink Ribbon http://pinkribbon.org/about/history/
and/or the Stark County Humane Society, 5100 Peach Street N. E., Louisville OH 44641.
http://www.starkhumane.org/

Memorial Video : https://tinyurl.com/rvo4psb

The Value of a Smile

The thing that goes the farthest
Towards making life worthwhile,
That costs the least, and does the most,
Is just a pleasant smile.

The smile that bubbles from the heart
That loves its fellow men
Will drive away the clouds of gloom
And coax the sun again.

It pays the higher interest,
For it is merely lent,
It’s worth a million dollars –
And it doesn’t cost a cent.

There is no room for sadness
Where we see a cheery smile;
It always has the same good look;
It’s never out of style;

It nerves us on to try again
When failure makes us blue;
The dimples of encouragement are good
For me and you.

So – smile away!
Folks understand by what a smile is meant;
It’s worth a million dollars –
And it doesn’t cost a cent.

A smile comes easily enough,
A twinkle in the eye
Is natural, and does more good
Than a long drawn sigh!

It touches on the heartstrings
Till they quiver blithe and long,
And always leaves an echo
That is very like a song.

by Wilbur D. Nesbit: “The Value of a Smile” (1907), ‘The Value of a Smile’

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