Dorlene Gaines (1927 - 2016)

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Dorlene Gaines
November 12, 1927 - April 27, 2016
Dorlene Gaines died in Meridian surrounded by her family on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
Dorlene was born November 12, 1927, to John and Elsie Pavelec (Dostal). Dorlene grew up on Gem Acres in Marsing, Idaho. While in high school, Dorlene was a very active participant in selling war bonds, going to dances at the Claytonia Hall and the movies. As a sophomore Dorlene fell in love with a senior and her future husband Elwyn Gaines. Elwyn served in WWII (Okinawa) and Dorlene faithfully wrote him daily letters including 2 letters on Saturday in order that Elwyn would receive one for each day. Upon Elwyn's return from WWII they married on June 9, 1946. Soon after they moved to Oakland, CA. where Elwyn attended art school. They welcomed their first child Stephen in 1950. Upon Elwyn's graduation they moved back to Nampa, ID. Their daughter Lynette (Jenkins) was born in 1952 and their son Monte in 1958. Dorlene did clerical and bookkeeping work off and on for many years but her favorite job was staying home and caring for her family. Elwyn and Dorlene were members of the First Presbyterian Church in Nampa where they served as Elders.
Dorlene was preceded in death by her husband Elwyn in 2010, her son Monte in 2008, her parents John and Elsie Pavelec and her brother Melford Pavelec. Dorlene is survived by her son Stephen Gaines (Jill), her daughter Lynette (Gaines) Jenkins (Ed), her grandchildren Amy Zimmermann (Andy), Sara Agee (Cameron), Michael Krajnik (Jennifer), Jodie Skaug (Ben), Catherine Keith (Chris) and Elizabeth Borger (Collin) and numerous great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Monday, May 2, 2016 in Cloverdale Memorial Park Cemetery in Boise.
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2016