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Fern Gaines

Friday, June 30, 2006

DEXTER - Fern Dale Gaines, 86, died June 29, 2006, at the Dexter Nursing Center.

Born May 9, 1920, at Essex, daughter of the late Herschel and Gladys Snider Swinger, she was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dexter, a member of the Order of Eastern Star 311 in Dexter and the Order of Eastern Star 137 in Sikeston and a former seamstress with Elder Manufacturing in Dexter.

In 1937, she was united in marriage to Marvin Lacy. In 1958, she married Herbert Gaines, who preceded her in death in 1964.

Three brothers, Herschel Swinger, Lester Swinger and Charles Swinger also preceded her in death.

Survivors include: two daughters, Shirley Seeger of Westminster, Calif. and Doris Fox of Dexter; four brothers, Otis Swinger of Wappapello, Chester Swinger of Wabash, Ind., Harry Swinger of Dexter and Marlin Swinger of Morehouse; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter, where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Vaughn Wright will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.