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Lena E. Gaines, 97, of Mishawaka, Indiana, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017.
Lena was born Dec. 10, 1919, in Glendive, Montana, to the late Ray and Nellie (Newkirk) Brown. On May 31, 1936, in Robison, Illinois, Lena was married to John H. Gaines, who preceded her in death Dec. 29, 1984. Lena is survived by her children; Karen (Charles) Colvin, of South Bend, Indiana, LaVerne (Duane) Hanyzewski, of South Bend, Indiana, Wanda (Don) Mast, of Goshen, Indiana, Gary Gaines, of Newman, Illinois, 15 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 16 great-great grandchildren.
Lena was also preceded in death by her daughter; Dorothy Fout, brothers, Robert, Leycester, Adrian, Orris Brown, sisters, Elizabeth Sandefer and Fannie Pearl.
Lena was a member of Willow Creek United Methodist Church and volunteered at the food pantry. She would also go to Country Side Nursing Home and play music for the residents. In her younger years, Lena enjoyed bowling and square dancing.
Visitation for Lena will be held Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. in Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka, Indiana. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Published on May 14, 2017
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