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Mary Gainer

Mary Louise Gainer

Friday, August 14th, 1925 - Sunday, March 1st, 2020
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Mary Louise Gainer, 94, of Red Lodge “went home” peacefully on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the Beartooth Billings Clinic.

Mary Louise was born on August 14, 1925 to John Wesley and Hattie Marie (Sturm) Nestor, Sr. in rural Barbour County, West Virginia. She was one of eight children. Mary Louise attended the Kasson School where she graduated from High School in 1943. She was valedictorian and also played basketball.

High School was where she met the love of her life, Cecil Dale Gainer. They were married on August 12, 1944 in Oakland, Maryland two days before her nineteenth birthday. They were together for over 75 years until Dale’s passing on Dec.29, 2019. They were only apart for two months and one day.

A son, Daniel Dale, was added to the family in 1948. Mary Louise was a homemaker that prided herself on a spotless home and a well-fed family. She also loved to crochet, sew and do other crafts. She was active in her church community wherever they lived. Mary Louise had a well-earned title of “prayer warrior”.

Mary Louise was small but mighty. She was sweet and caring, always ready to help others. She also could be feisty and maybe a bit stubborn. We loved her and she will be missed.

We want to thank the caregivers at the Willows who looked after Mom these last few months as Alzheimer’s took its toll.

Mary Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Dale; two granddaughters, Michelle Marie and Rochelle Dawn; one sister, Sedalia Freeman; five brothers, George, Robert, John, Jr., William and James Nestor.

Survivors include her son and his wife, Daniel Dale and Jeanne of Red Lodge, MT; her grandson and his wife, Travis Dale and Vickie of Red Lodge, MT; one brother and his wife, Richard and Nora Gaye of Rivesville, WV; a sister-in-law, Pearl Nestor; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in the Red Lodge Alliance Chapel. Interment will follow in the Red Lodge Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in honor of Mary Louise to: BareTooth Cupboards, PO Box 665, Red Lodge, MT 59068 or St. John’s United Foundation, 3940 Rimrock Road, Billings, MT 59102.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 11:00am
    Red Lodge Alliance Chapel
    905 Broadway Ave S
    RED LODGE, MT 59068
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  • Interment

    Red Lodge Cemetery
    RED LODGE, MT 59068
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Barbara Alt

Posted at 03:18pm
I have known Mary Louise Gainer since 1993
What a blessing she has been to me
She took Tom and me into her fold
And always enjoyed the stories we told

During Festival of Nations days
She and Cecil would sing our praise
As we danced with many nationalities
They were always there to support with glee

One night in particular they were in the audience with Tom who watched in horror!
As I performed a Slavic line dance, when my skirt got lower and lower and finally fell to the floor!
They, on the other hand, laughed in delight
Which made us realize their sense of humor so bright!

They were gracious hosts, always offering us a bed
Mary Louise never let us walk away without being well fed
To stay above the funeral home was quite a unique claim
Just getting up and down those stairs made us up our game

I remember the days they walked all over town
They were more spry at their ripe age than I would ever know!
We were fans together at local sporting events, for all the kids rooting
We took drives together to enjoy the majestic beauty

Mary Louise and Cecil were so good to Tom, not only giving him room and board
But sharing their love and commitment together for the Lord
One of Tom’s favorite pastimes with Mary Louise was singing hymns
His time with them both enriched him to the brim

Mary Louise was the most giving person I knew
I will miss her dearly, but what I know to be true
She always went out of her way to please us
Now she abides gloriously at home with Cecil and Jesus

With love from Barb Alt

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