Mildred Ruth Maxson "Millie" Gainer, 93, a resident of Elkins, departed this life Sunday morning, Oct. 20, 2013, in Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Center in Elkins.
She was born Tuesday, June 8, 1920, at Elkins, a daughter of the late Russell A. and Gertrude Weese Maxson.
On Jan. 28, 1943, at Baltimore, Md., she was married to Edgar Glen "Doodle" Gainer of Elkins while he was on active duty with the U.S. Navy. He preceded her in death July 30, 2011. They had celebrated 68 years of marriage.
Surviving are one son, Marshall "Terry" Gainer of Elkins; one grandson, Aaron Marshall Gainer, a master's degree student at West Virginia University; three nieces, Mary E. White of Elkins, Rebecca J. Accord of Manassas, Va., and Lois J. March of Elkins; and six nephews, James M. Maxson and Robin R. Maxson, both of Elkins, Danny D. Maxson of Lenoir, N.C., Rockie A. Maxson, Johnnie W. Maxson and Stephen R. Maxson, all of Elkins.
Preceding her in death were three brothers, Jim, Marvin and Russ Maxson Jr.
She was a graduate of Elkins High School. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Elkins, where she was a very active member and served on many committees, especially those involved in fund raising. She was a long-standing member and president of the church choir and very proud of being the first woman to serve on the church's board of trustees.
She was an avid sports fan, especially for Elkins High School, West Virginia University and college basketball. She loved traveling, gardening, canning her own food, being a great cook, crafts, decorating for the seasons and doing the little things for her family that always meant so much
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home Thursday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Parli will officiate, and interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery at Elkins.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Unit, 169 Diamond St., Elkins, WV 26241 or to the First Baptist Church, 412 Randolph Ave., Elkins, WV 26241. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mildred Ruth Maxson "Millie" Gainer. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.