Alice Rainey was born in Newport News, Virginia, on May 17, 1931. Both her father and stepfather died while she was young and her mother raised her, her two sisters and two brothers by herself. Rainey was educated in Newport News. She attended Dunbar Elementary School, John Marshall Elementary School, and graduated from Huntington High School in 1948. While in high school, Rainey was a majorette in the marching band and remained involved with student activities, along with part-time jobs at Woolworth’s Five and Ten and White’s Drug Store. Following her graduation from Huntington, Rainey got married and worked at Colonial Courts Motel until she began expanding her family. She has eleven children and worked various jobs in the Newport News area while raising them. Rainey remained active within her community as a member of the PTA and gave back to the community by volunteering at the polls during elections. She currently volunteers at her public library and is an active member of Zion Baptist Church.