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Linn County News

Published Feb. 23, 2022


Mary Ellen Gainer, age 87, of Centerville, Kan., passed away Feb. 11, 2022, at Louisburg Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022.

Mary Ellen was born on Aug. 30, 1934, in Wagstaff, Kan., the daughter of Henry and Ellenora (Niemeyer) Stahl.

She graduated from Wea High School with the class of 1952.

Mary Ellen was united in marriage to Alfonso Gainer Jr. on May 1, 1954. From this union, they had four children.

She enjoyed quilting gardening and canning. Mary Ellen was an excellent cook. She was a hands-on grandmother and stayed very active with her grandchildren. Mary Ellen loved when the grandkids helped her in the garden; she could always find something for them to do. Her favorite pastime was sitting under the mulberry tree next to Jr.

Mary Ellen is preceded in death by her husband, Alfonso; sons, Christopher and Robert Gainer; and her parents. Survivors include one daughter, Joyce (Randy) Stoughton of Osawatomie, Kan.; one son, Doug (Lisa) Gainer of Parker, Kan.; daughter-in-law, Linda Gainer; five grandchildren, Jessica (Adam) Berg, DeAnna (Taylor) Morgan, Dalton (Katelyn) Gainer, Noah Laird and Christian Laird; and five great-grandchildren, Emery, Hadley and Owen Morgan, and Dakota and Liam Berg.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made payable to Good Shepherd Hospice or Queen of the Holy Rosary Cemetery c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, P.O. Box 669, Louisburg, Kan. 66053.

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