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Essie Mae Washington Rains

Essie Mae Washington Rains was born in Fort Pierce, Florida, on January 27, 1950, to Ollie Mae Washington Denmark.  She was reared in a residence area west of Fort Pierce known as The Ideal Holding Settlement.  She attended the public schools of St. Lucie County, and graduated from Lincoln Park Academy in 1968.  After graduation, Essie moved to Baltimore, Maryland, but returned to Fort Pierce in the seventies.

Upon her return, Essie obtained work as a teacher’s aide at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School and Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts. She was encouraged by many educators to pursue higher education. Taking their advice, she began her quest for higher education, and successfully obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1983. She was hired by the Martin County School Board and worked as an elementary school teacher at both Hobe Sound Elementary School and Indiantown Elementary School.  Still encouraged by those who saw excellent leadership skills in her work, she returned to college and obtained a Master’s Degree in 1993.  She was eventually appointed principal of Hobe Sound Elementary School.

Essie  received the State of Florida Certification for Professional Educators which qualified her for educational leadership status in all grades.  She was a Teacher of the Year nominee at Hobe Sound Elementary School in 1988 and a recipient of the Warfield Family Scholarship in 1989.  Her love for children was the essence of her life.

Essie married Timothy Rains on September 22, 1979.  Five children completed their family. Together she and Timothy achieved great success in marketing as distributors of Amway and Melaleuca.

During a brief chapter of her life she was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Stuart, Florida, where she demonstrated her leadership skills once again as the president of the Women’s Missionary Society, and Director of the Young Peoples’ Department.

On February 19, 2018, Essie’s work on earth ended and she went home to be with the Lord.

She leaves to cherish her memories: a devoted husband, Timothy Rains; five children, Henry Tyrone, Jerome Anthony, Timothy Rains, Jr.,  Twanna, and Tasha.; her mother, Ollie Mae Washington Denmark; four brothers, Eugene Ingram, Joshway Ingram, Jr, Bobby J., Sr., (Barbara) Ingram, and Bobby Lee (Pearl) Ingram; sisters, Dorothy Ingram, Mary Ann Ingram, and Linda Ingram; aunts, Dorothy Washington Williams, Viola Washington, and Lillie Washington; an uncle, Alfonso (Dorothy) Washington; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and special classmates.

Proverbs 16:24: “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” and her message to her family is: “Grieve you may, but STAND UP, STAND OUT, and more especially, STAND TALL!”

In Lieu of Flowers Memorial contributions may be made to Florida Elks Children Therapy Services, P.O.BOX 49, Umatilla, Florida 32784. Online contributions can be made at 

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9-11 AM with a service to follow at 11:00 AM at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1405 N 27th St, Fort Pierce, FL 34947, Fort Pierce.
Arrangements are under the direction of Stone Brothers Funeral Home. An online guest book may be signed at



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  • Thursday, March 01, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Stone Brothers Funeral Home
  • Friday, March 02, 2018
    Memories and scattered pictures of my BFF and Country Cousin Essie, are still connecting us from the way were to now but I’m hoping we’re all going to enjoy our “new way of living,””especially; Ms. Essie.
    ~ Rose (Ree) Haywood   Atlanta, GA
  • Thursday, March 01, 2018
    Dearest Essie Our conversations of love, compassion, joy and prayers will be everlasting. Our relationship was “special”. Our favorite scripture: Prov 16:24 Rest In Peace my friend
    ~ Rosa Ausby   Stuart, FL
  • Friday, March 02, 2018
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. In the Bible, a man named Job raised the question: If an able-bodied man dies can he live again? Then he answered: I shall wait [in the grave] until my relief comes. [God] will call, and I myself shall answer. (Job 14:14, 15) What a joy it will be when that time arrives and the dead are reunited with their loved ones.
    ~ Leon Family   Sebastian, FL
  • Thursday, March 01, 2018
    ~ Robert [Cowboy]K ENDELL   STUART, FL
  • Friday, March 02, 2018
    Thoughts and prayers with the family. Tonya and Thomas
  • Friday, March 02, 2018
    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Trust Him with all of your heart.
    ~ Rev. Dr. Frances Harris   Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Saturday, March 03, 2018
    I've worked with Essie at three different schools. She was a wonderful administrator, co-worker and friend. Essie was a kind and generous person. She will be missed. God bless!
    ~ Therese Cusack   Stuart, FL
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    May our Holy Father continue to bless and comfort the Washington / Rains family.
    ~ Richard E. Jenkins   Orlando, FL