Carolyn Gaines(1917 - 2013)

Carolyn Jane Gaines

Carolyn Jane Gaines, age 96, died peacefully on November 24, 2013 at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. She was born March 10, 1917 in Tavares, FL, the eldest daughter of Charlie Roy Gaines (1884 -1939) and Sarah Ardelia (Delia) Adams Gaines (1889-1979). The Gaines family moved to Georgia where her sister Mary Lillian Gaines (1918-2000) was born. The family returned to Arcadia, FL in 1925. Carolyn later moved to Tallahassee, worked for the State of Florida, and graduated cum laude in Arts and Sciences from FSU in 1961 with Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Delta Pi honors. She continued her education earning her Master's degree in Library Sciences in December 1962 and began work at Strozier Library's Reference Department. In July 1965 Carolyn accepted a position at the University of Florida (UF) in their Catalog Department. Carolyn worked there until 1978 when she retired from the State of Florida after 43 years of service at the age of 61. Since then Carolyn has lived continuously in Tallahassee, FL on Bryan Street (now Stadium Drive), Circle Drive, Georgia Belle Apartments, and Westminster Oaks Health Center.

Survivors include four God-children and their spouses, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Other survivors include several cousins and their families in other states; and numerous loving and helping church friends as well as life-long friends out of state and overseas. She is also survived by devoted and helpful friends and staff at both Westminster Gardens (formerly Georgia Belle Apartments) and Westminster Oaks Health Center.

A church service is planned for Friday, November 29, 2013 at 11:00AM, at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 2015 Fleischmann Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308 with burial at Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, or to Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation (


Funeral Home

Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home
1737 Riggins Road Tallahassee, FL 32308
(850) 877-8191

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Nov. 28, 2013