Gone yet not forgotten,
although we are apart,
your spirit lives within me,
forever in my heart.
  • 67 years old
  • Born on April 3, 1946 in Oakland, California, United States.
  • Passed away on December 16, 2013 in Placerville, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Daphne Rainer, 67, born on April 3, 1946 and passed away on December 16, 2013 surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer.

Daphne is survived by her parents John and Billie Baird; her husband, Gary; her three daughters Andrea Rotar, Erica Taylor and Melissa Hubbard; her sister, Eileen Baird; her brother, Lance Baird; her seven grandchildren: Derek, Rachel, Ryan, Benjamin, Christa, Ian, and Samuel;  and many dear friends and relatives.  

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in Daphne's name to the American Cancer Society. 

A memorial service is planned for Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 4:30pm at Mount Vernon Mortuary 8201 Greenback Ln, Fair Oaks, CA. 

Posted by April Martin on 16th December 2016
Daphne, I still think of you often:) There is no one like you:) I miss your positive presence:) HUGS, April
Posted by Gary Rainer on 3rd April 2016
This is your 3rd Birthday that you have been gone from my life. I miss you more and more. No girl friend yet, no one suits me as you do. I never believed that I loved you as much as I do, as my love gets stronger and stronger, I miss you so much! No one knows me like you did, even though some times I thought that something was missing in our relationship, nothing could be further from the truth. We could't have raised such perfect Daughters and had 7 of the greatest Grand Kids ever. Derek just started High School and is play football as well as baseball and has a beautiful girl friend. Christa started base ball this weekend and has 3 hits to her credit and runs like Derek. Ryan is playing Little League this year. Ben and Ian are playing flag foot ball, both are awesome. Rachel is turning into a beautiful young lady! We my dearest Daphne that's about it, I will see you again in some of these days. With All My Love Gary
Posted by Gary Rainer on 17th June 2015
This is the 3rd attempt I wanted to leave it on th 16th probably not going to make it I miss you a whole lot and love you very much!
Posted by Virginia Niblack on 4th April 2015
Happy Birthday dear Daphne. Missing you and I think of you so often. Love!
Posted by Erica Taylor on 3rd April 2015
Happy birthday Mommy. You were never much for birthdays and never wanted to celebrate them, you never wanted the attention. What we wouldn't give to have another birthday celebration for you here. Love you always, Erica
Posted by Kay Muraoka on 3rd April 2015
Happy Birthday, Daphne! You are missed. I think of you often and am thankful for the kindness you showed me.
Posted by April Martin on 3rd April 2015
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAPHNE:) WE MISS YOU!!
Posted by Gary Rainer on 3rd April 2015
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HONEY 69 TODAY. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO BE JOINING YOU SHORTLY! I GOT SOME KIND OF CHEST VIRUS AROUND HALLOWEEN AND HAD IT TO FEBRUARY! i DUMPED YOUR DR. SHE DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR ME! MY NEW DR IS AT FOLSOM, DR. URICK HE'S GREAT! I'M FEELING GREAT TOO! I had my second C T of my lungs on Monday got the results today, all clear no Cancer. So as Erica you never liked Birthdays! But know this I have never missed anyone more than I miss you! I saw Robbie today she is doing Tie Dyeing on my leg tube bandages that I have to wear now.I will look pretty wild! She told me some HG stories about you, made me laugh! She also brought a present, alittle ducky that you put in sunlight and it dances! I bought you a spinning copper garden ornament, it's very large! Your Loving Husband Gary
Posted by Ali Louie on 16th December 2014
I think of you often, missing our time together. Thank you for all of the fond memories ( and kitty ornaments:) I will cherish them forever!!
Posted by April Martin on 16th December 2014
My dearest Daphne:) I miss you soooooooooooooooooooooo much. I think of you often and your kindness and support, your help and patience. I will continue to try to learn from the great examples you set for me:) With all my heart:) April
Posted by Gary Rainer on 16th December 2014
It's been a year since you were taken from us and it has been difficult for our Daughters as well me.It too bad we can't see into the future, if I knew then what I know now maybe we could of changed things and had a different result. I took you for granite not realizing how much you really meant to me. If I would have known how short our time together was going to be and our health problems and other restrictions we had. Very few times did we just go and have fun together and now I need some fun before I join you. It's been a very long year of missing you so just know I Love you and Always will!
Posted by Gary Rainer on 3rd December 2014
Well I survived my first Thanksgiving without you, I appreciate you more now than ever before! You ment so much to me and I was never able to express it to you. I'll Love you always!
Posted by Gary Rainer on 11th May 2014
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY I miss you every day and I will always love you Gary
Posted by Cindie Wilding on 23rd January 2014
I'm so glad I got to know Daphne through telling her story. Her picture at age 9 really touches me. Such a happy, open to life face which stayed with her throughout her life. I will remember her at times when I am prone to worry, recalling her love for living out loud with no regrets. My heart is with all of her family. xo
Posted by Kay Muraoka on 23rd January 2014
I miss the time I worked with Daphne at Herbert Green School. She was one of a kind. She was warm and welcoming to everyone and she was supportive of all. She helped me through a very difficult time in my life and I am very grateful for that support. Daphne had an enormous amount of patience. Her work was always interrupted by people who had questions or a need and she would stop what she was doing to help them. She helped Herbert Green run like clockwork. I can't say enough about the positive influence she had on so many lives. Daphne will be missed.
Posted by April Martin on 21st January 2014
It has taken me this long to be able to log on. I did not want to deal with the reality that this incredibly special person is really gone. Daphne was an amazing person:) She is so missed by so many. She was different things to different people, that was because she gave everyone what they needed. My heart goes out to her family. May they find peace in knowing what an incredible Mom, and wife she was.
Posted by Linda Fisher on 19th January 2014
While I had worked in the district for many years, it was not until I came to Herbert Green that I became acquainted with Daphne. What a wonderful person! There was never a question that she couldn't answer and she seemed to know exactly what a person needed. Even though I was sure that what I was asking help with was probably the millionth time she had heard it, she never made me feel ridiculous for asking. I value my short time getting to know her. I am truly sorry she is gone. Bonnie McNealy
Posted by Virginia Niblack on 15th January 2014
Daphne was a joy to visit and spend time with, you could talk with her about anything. She was a very warm person with a winning smile and I always felt so comfortable being around her; I always looked forward to seeing her. Grief is so hard and I pray that Gary and their lovely family will find peace and understanding during this difficult time.
Posted by Megan Radtke on 10th January 2014
I didn't get to know Daphne very well in my adult years; I knew her best as "Erica's mom"... the mom who attended school events and supported her daughter. As Erica has always been a kind and loving person, it's a testament to Daphne's character that she too was a kind person; she always had a smile when I walked in the office door. My deepest sympathy to the family and peace to Daphne.
Posted by Shirlene Lansdon on 9th January 2014
Daphne was a mind reader; I would start a request; and she would give me whatever I needed before I even finished my sentence. So smart and tuned in. Her calming demeanor helped me through many days at work. I was lucky to work with such a wonderful person. A great team player; always supportive. I think about her daughters, husband and family; and wish you peace through this difficult time. We all were fortunate to have Daphne in our life. She will be missed....
Posted by Kimberly Berg on 8th January 2014
I could always count on Daphne at Herbert Green, for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, even if it was the millionth time I asked her for help. She was the glue that held Herbert Green together, every second she was here ! Love you Daphne.

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