Former Kenai Peninsula resident Dorothy "Dot" Mae Gaines died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, of cancer at a rest home in McKinney, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, at Prairie Haven Chapel in Hobbs, N.M. Burial will be at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Hobbs.
Mrs. Gaines was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Shroud, Okla. She moved to Hobbs, where she was employed with Jackson's Drug Store. She married Harry Gaines in 1965. The family moved to Anchorage in 1970.
In 1972, they moved to the Kenai Peninsula. Mrs. Gaines was employed as a department manager at Carrs Quality Center until her retirement. She enjoyed helping her husband every summer with "Harry Gaines Fishing Guide Service" on the Kenai River until his death in 1991.
In 1993, Mrs. Gaines left Alaska to travel back to Hobbs. She took care of her father, N.R. Gilmore, mother, Aileen Redden, and N.R.'s wife, Rose Gilmore, until their deaths.
"Dot was a wonderful wife and mother, a great cook and pie maker and loved to play cards, dice games and do puzzles. She loved her family and friends and took time for them. Dot laughed easily and had a kind way about her. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends," her family said.
Mrs. Gaines was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Gaines; father, N.R. Gilmore; mother, Aileen Redden; brothers, Travis and Nathan Gilmore; daughter, Beckey Waldrop; granddaughter, Chrissina Waldrop; and stepmother, Rose Gilmore.
She is survived by her son, Jimmy Hamilton and his family of Houston, Texas; son, John Gaines and his wife, Kim; grandson, Sonny Gaines of Anchorage; sister, Shirley and husband, Burleigh Wood, of McKinney; nieces, Marie and Monica Wood of Texas; nephew, Burleigh Wood Jr. and his family of Texas; and grandsons, Sam Waldrop of Anchorage and Pat Waldrop.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity.
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