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B. Asa Gaines

Thursday, May 1, 2003

Berniece Asa Gaines, until very recently was a resident of Dexter, daughter of the late Charles Franklin Asa and Nida Mae Fletcher Asa, was born near Bloomfield, Mo. on June 29, 1925, and passed away Sunday, April 27, 2003, in Bluff City Tenn., at the home of her oldest son and daughter-in-law and caregivers, Charles and Linda Gaines, at the age of 77. She graduated from Bloomfield High School and was a graduate of Southeast Missouri State Teachers College. She taught at West Antioch and Lost Schools near Dexter before relocating to Pontiac, Mich., where she furthered her education to become a psychiatric nurse and, at the time or her retirement, was employed by the State of Michigan at Pontiac State Hospital in Pontiac, Mich. After their retirement, Mrs. Gaines and her husband, the late Clifford L. Gaines, moved to Dexter where they resided for many years. In addition to her dear parents and loving husband, Mrs. Gaines is predeceased by baby daughter, Jacqueline Faye Gaines; two brothers, Dellas Asa and Paul Asa; and beloved aunt-by-marriage, Julia White Fletcher. Mrs. Gaines is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Linda Gaines of Bluff City, Tenn,; David and Jenny Gaines of Southerland Springs, Texas.; one daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Paul Jarrell of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; one brother, Delmar Asa of Columbia City, Ind.; and one sister, Faye Asa Marsh of Orlando, Fla. Mrs. Gaines was the loving grandmother of Jacqueline Klindt of Island Lake, Ill.; John Gaines of Cisco, Tex.; Tira Brake of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Jeff Jarrell of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and Roger Jarrell of Poplar Bluff, Mo.. She had four great-grandchildren, Sarah and Samantha Giovenco of Island Lake, Ill.; Lindsey Klindt of Island Lake, Ill.; and Chanda Anderson of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and two great-great grandchildren, Ethan and Tyler Anderson of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Graveside services will be conducted on Sunday, May 3 at 10 a.m. in the Armstead Dowdy Cemetery, near Dexter with Rev. Kevin Chenoweth officiating. PAID

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