Mrs. Gaines was a former employee at Elder Manufacturing for over 40 years and retired from Thorngate LTD. at Chaffee, Mo. in 1987. After retirement, she became an avid gardener, sharing her vegetables with neighbors and friends, and baking cookies and her famous apple bread for the whole neighborhood.
Alberta had been a member of the New Bethel General Baptist Church since March 18, 1951, making her the oldest member. She had taught Sunday school, worked in Bible School, and was secretary for many years. As a loving Christian Lady, she adored her family, and was a real influence on each of them. Mrs. Gaines was also a member of Missouri Southern Healthcare Auxiliary for 20 years, and was named Auxiliarian of the year in 1988.
On July 18, 1941 she was united in marriage to E.C. "Jake" Gaines in Dexter, Mo. Mr. Gaines preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1988.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Judy Hubbard and Roger of Dexter; four grandsons, Scott Wolpers of Leopold, Mo., Brad Hubbard of Dexter, Kevin Wolpers of Jackson, Mo., and Rick Wolpers of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; by one granddaughter, Kim Midkiff of Dexter; by 10 great-grandchildren, Caleb and Curtis Wolpers, Jake and Devin Wolpers, Taylor Wolpers, Jackson and Jeb Hubbard, Tate Midkiff, Zach Midkiff and Lexa Midkiff; also by one great-great-granddaughter, Faith Midkiff.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Glenda Kay Wolpers, by one brother, Lester Bedford Jackson, and grandson-in-law, Robert Midkiff, Sr.
Visitation will take place at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 9 until 11 a.m. June 15, 2011. Funeral services will then be conducted on June 15, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter with Rev. Dean Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the Ezell Cemetery in Dexter.