Doreen S. Gaines(1939 - 2014)

Doreen S. Gaines

AGE: 75 • Wilmington

Doreen Stearrett Gaines, 75 of Wilmington, DE peacefully passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the Seasons Hospice Unit at Christiana Hospital.

Doreen was born in Wilmington on January 21, 1939, daughter of the late Paul and Gertrude Petterson Stearrett. A graduate of Wilmington High School, class of 1956, she met her husband, Jimmy, on a train to New York City during a DuPont Company weekend excursion in 1957, and they married in June of 1959. She was employed with DuPont for more than 35 years and retired in 1991. Following her retirement, she worked part time as a clerk in the environmental services division at Christiana Hospital for one year.

Doreen and Jimmy were 45 year members of the Wilmington Turners Club, where they met many lifelong friends and participated in the Friday evening bowling league. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 28, where they enjoyed weekend socializing and dancing. Doreen loved spending time at her summer home in Pot Nets Bay Side and enjoyed boating and flounder fishing in the Indian River Bay. With Jimmy, she became an avid Phillies fan. Throughout her life, she loved and cherished her many pets: her cats, Rusty and Dusty; and her dogs, Sophie, Boots, Alfie, Peggy, Penny and most recently, Pepper.

She was predeceased by her six brothers, Paul Jr., Francis, John, William, Allan and Gene Stearrett.

Doreen will be lovingly remembered by her husband of nearly 55 years, James A. Gaines. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Sally, Kay and Pat Stearrett, and Suzanne Gaines; her nieces and nephews; and her caring friends, Lois Calloway and Julie O'Toole, who were members of her wedding party.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Wednesday, April 23 from 12:00-1:30PM. Funeral services will begin at 1:30PM, followed by interment in Silverbrook Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the , 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720; the , 100 W. 10th St., #1002, Wilm., DE 19801; or Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Drive, Wilm., DE 19804.

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3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
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Published in The News Journal from Apr. 20 to Apr. 22, 2014