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Helen  Lorraine Myles-Vitto

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“Though we drifted apart except for the few family gatherings, I never forgot the fun times we had as children.You and I shared many things together.....Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Joyce Byars - Delmar, DE - Family

“spent a lot of time, and GOOD times! with Lorraine.....we lost touch for a long time, as life took us in different directions.....I went to "look"...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Ellen Baker - Red Oak, TX

“Seems like an incredible woman. God bless her and the family. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Justin

“Helen and Ritchie were two of my very special friends on this planet. As much as I hate to see her pass, I know that she missed Ritch so much that...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: David Julio Edwards - Denver, CO

“My fondest memories with Rainy are when we were growing up in D.C. I stayed with my Aunt Ellen when she lived on 8th St.We use to share this tiny...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Joyce A Byars - Delmar, DE

“When you stay over at the house with all us girls and just laugh about all kinds of crazies and how much you thought my brother was so handsome lol...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Kathy - Fayetteville, NC - Cuzin

“Growing up together with Rainy are my fondest memories.Living on 8th St.S.E. in Washington are truly what I remember the most.Sharing the same bed on...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Joyce Byars - Delmar, DE - cousin

“THOU WE HAVE NEVER MET, IT AMAZING TO SEE SO MANY TRAITS AND INTEREST WE SHARED. MANY YEARS AGO I WROTE A POEM CALL "FOREVER IN MY HEART" THE POEM...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: DOROTHY FLOWERS - PORTSMOUTH, VA

“Rest In Peace Cousin... Love You ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Paul Haynes - DE - Cousin

“Aunt Rainy will be DEEPLY missed. When we spoke a while back, even in her condition, she was full of love. I remember commenting on her laugh that I...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Kathryn Furr (Myles) - Culpeper, VA


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Helen Lorraine Myles-Vitto (Hudson) was born in Portsmouth, Virginia January 9, 1956. Her parents, Ellen May (Best) and Henry J. Hudson gave her the family name Rainy which made her the first in what has been an ongoing family tradition in honor of the Hudson Cherokee heritage giving a weather/nature name to children born in the family. Cherokee and Native American history, culture, and spiritual beliefs were a very important theme in Rainy's life. Her home was full of books, movies, and decorations on this subject and she shared with her children and grandchildren the importance of remembering the proud and mostly un-acknowledged history of her Native People's accomplishments and beliefs.
Rainy's Spirit transitioned into the next phase of existence on July 5, 2014 at Arrowhead Hospital in Glendale, AZ with her three surviving daughters and other family offering prayers and comfort at her bed side. Rainy identified as a Baptist, but also had diverse spiritual beliefs such as the existence of the Spirit before birth and after death. She was well-read on near death experiences and mediums such as Sylvia Brown and James Van Praagh. Her death was caused by having been denied a life saving liver transplant, (due to having heart issues and a pacemaker), which resulted in multiple organ failure, sepsis, pneumonia, and ultimately repertory failure. Rainy's last home of residence from 2003-2014 was in El Mirage, AZ in a home she had purchased with her now deceased husband, Richard Vitto.
Rainy's early life was spent being raised with five of her many siblings by her mother and her step-father, Bennett Booker, in Washington D.C. which she always considered her hometown. Her upbringing in D.C. flavored her view of the world and her accent. In her adult life Rainy has also resided in Virginia and Maryland prior to moving to Arizona in 2001.
Rainy was deeply loved by all of her many family and friends and was known by all for having a robust personality, her say-it-like-it-is sense of humor, her fun-loving spirit, and her generosity. She was a "backbone" to those around her, lifting their spirits when they felt down by making people laugh even when they wanted to cry. She took great care in her appearance and make-up and had a very distinctive sense of style. People tended to be drawn to her and she had a major impact on many lives. Her younger siblings, especially her baby sister Hail, felt like Rainy was more than a big sister, but almost like a second mother to them. Rainy was happiest when in the company of family and friends having a good time. She loved music which was something she shared in common with her husband, Richard, who was a musician. She attended many concerts and festivals. While she loved many types of music, she most enjoyed music that had a "good dance beat" and she loved to dance. Mowtown, rock, smooth jazz, blues, country, and top forty were her favorite genres. Rainy had a fondness and surrounded herself with birds, the color blue/turquoise, and flowers of all kinds but especial gardenia and roses.
In her early adulthood, Rainy had obtained college certification for shorthand and secretarial work. She was very successful in her work for a legal company and other secretarial positions before deciding to make homemaking and child rearing her focus in life. Rainy was very devoted to her children and worked very hard to ensure they felt like the most special and important persons and fostered their individual talents. It was important to her that her children had beautifully decorated rooms, were dressed well, and given as much as she could provide financially and emotionally. She would often go without a need of her own to give her children and grandchildren elaborate holidays and special gifts and memories. In her later adult life she worked mainly in retail and restaurant fields. She was an extremely creative and talented artist with diverse crafting interests but was especially highly skilled in drawing, painting, jewelry making, and needlework. She was a very good cook and believed in the ideal of the family sitting at the table each night and each holiday together, and in this way food was used to bring people together, creating memories, and healing hearts.
Succeeding Rainy and carrying her memory are her three daughters, Misty Livingston, Lina (Crystal), and Theresa(Stormy), her three granddaughters, Shyanne (Spring) Holcomb, Gianna (Sunshine), and Angelina (Dusty) Trammel, her step-father Stanley Taylor, her siblings Terry (Gail) Harris, Hail Wetzel, Thunder Booker, Lightning Booker, Windy Carlsen, Henry (Sunny) Hudson, Sherry Hudson, Jeffrey Hudson, James Hudson, Lyndsey Armer, Whitney Smith, Judy Morris, Darlene Bagley, Dottie Flowers, Belinda Hudson, aunt Sissy Best, uncle Joe Best, nieces and nephews Nancy (Dawn) Harris, Gusty Jensen, Breezy Jensen, Sky Jensen, Matthew (Summer) Booker, and numerous cousins some of which are Cindy Stokes (also one of her closest friends in life), Joyce Byers, Paul Haynes, Tubby Daras, Wanda Best, Kathy Best, and Sandy Best.
Preceding Rainy in death are her first husband, Ronald Myles, second husband, Richard Vitto, mother Ellen Best, father Henry Hudson, step-father Ben Booker, her first two children Deanna Angel Myles and Richard Myles, her grandchildren Angelo Trammel and Keith Livingston, all of her grandparents, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings.
As per Rainy's wishes, there will be no viewing and family is holding a private memorial. Her crematorial remains will be kept in a beautiful blue and lilac urn decorated with flowers and butterflies next to her beloved husband Richard's remains until God reunites the family in Heaven. Condolences or correspondence for the family may be sent to 12721 W. Greenway Rd. #158, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Rainy's family is creating a memory book to honor her life. If you have any special memories or stories, please share them on this online memorial and they will be added into her life book. If you would like a copy of the book once it is completed, please send requests to the address mentioned here, or

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