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Geraldine E. Gaines of Xenia, died Friday, Dec. 4, at Greene Memorial Hospital. She was 64 years old. Born June 13, 1945 in Xenia, Gerrie was the daughter of William E. and Esther M. (Johnson) Bruce, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, LaVonne Gaines, a son, Edward K. Saunders V; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, William “Butchie,” Murl “Danny,” Robert “Bobby” Bruce and a sister, Edith Burns.

Gerrie loved life and in her youth was very passionate about dancing and skating. She attended Xenia schools. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church, serving on the Usher Board and was a member of the Senior choir. Gerrie was a member of the John Roan Post 519 Ladies Auxiliary. She had been employed at DESC, Kettering Labs and Mills Lawn School.

Gerrie is survived by one daughter, Deborah Gaines-Thomas; six stepchildren, Denita (Reuben) Arnold-Murphy, Christa White, Ronita Gaines (Mark), Ronald Gaines Jr. (Shana), Paul Michael Gaines and NCO Joseph Ashford (Lia); three grandchildren, Teaonno-Lee Gaines (Ashley), Edward and Zakaylo Thomas; seven step-grandchildren, Marsha and Marshall Grundy, Christopher and Chanelle Arnold, Lashawn, Jawaun and Brandon Diggs-White; and eleven step-great-grandchildren, Dewayne Holloway Jr., Karie-Alex Gracy, Mercedes, Alexis and Kia Grundy, Jordyn White, Jordon Gaines, Matthew and Mark Bricker Jr., Miranda Pennewit-Gaines and Chase Gaines. She is also survived by four brothers, James “Jimmy,” Charles “Buddy” (Koren), Gail (Bonnie) and Theodore “Ted” (Kristi) Bruce; four sisters, Alice “Jean” Kelly, Lindell “Linda” Goins, Judy and Barbara Bruce (Kay McElroy); an uncle, William Reed; nieces Tracy Harris and Naitija Harris; and friends, Charles and Mae Feaster, as well as many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family of Geraldine Gaines would like to thank the staff of Greene Memorial Hospital and Kindred Life Care for their care during Gerrie’s prolonged illness.

Memorial services were held Thursday, Dec. 10, at McColaugh Funeral Home in Xenia with Brother Paul Turner officiating.


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