Gaynell Rayburn

August 27, 1939 ~ May 26, 2020 (age 80)


Joynell Rayburn, better known to her family and friends as “Gaynell”, 80, of Mason, OH. passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio where she ended her journey here on Earth only to begin a new one in Heaven.  She is now reunited with her husband and daughter for what she long waited for.  She was born on August 27, 1939 in Sandsiding, WV.  to the late Sam & Nancy (Roberts) Spangler.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gene Rayburn; one daughter: Carolyn Blankenship; one brother: J.R. “Bud” Spangler, and one sister: Aretta Seaton.

Gaynell was of the Christian faith who loved and served God faithfully.  She was an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She cared deeply for her family, friends, and pastors.  She did this not out of obligation but because of who she was.  She always made sure every child that crossed her threshold was safe, healthy, and happy.  Most of the teenagers growing up never knew her real name.  They only knew her as “Ma”. 

Those left to honor her memory include one son: Keith Rayburn of Mason, OH; one daughter: Misty (Dave) Kakaris of Mason, OH; one brother: Kile (Josie) Spangler of Haysi, VA; one sister: Emma Jean (the late Ray) Arriola of Leander, Texas; seven grandchildren: Danny (Chrystie) Blankenship, Karen (Mark) Sanson, Donessa (Kyle) Sneed, Kenzie Kakaris, Jared Rayburn, Jaidon Kakaris, and Maci Kakaris; five great grandchildren: Madison Sanson, Landyn Sanson, Zoe Sanson, Reese Blankenship, and EJ Blankenship.

Gaynell also deeply cared for Brother & Sissy Meek, Betty & Frank, Larry & Millie, Gene (the late Della) Rayburn & family, the Chapman family, Bill and Sandy and her church family as well as many others.

Visitation will begin at 6:00 P.M.  Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Faith Tabernacle Church, Majestic, KY with special services at 7:00 P.M.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Sunday at the church with Reverend Charles Meek officiating.

Burial will follow at Buddy Mounts Cemetery, Majestic, KY.

Arrangements are under the direction of Jones & West Funeral Home, Phelps, KY.

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