Elizabeth Jeane Thomas Gainey, 72, of Indianapolis, passed away at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2008 at Westview Hospital in Indianapolis.
She was born to Reuben and Margaret (Gribbins) Thomas on August 19, 1936 in Marseilles, Illinois. She graduated from from St. Marquette High School in 1954. She served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1961, as both a cryptographer and a stenographer. While in the Army, she met her Marine husband, Frank Arthur Gainey, and they married on July 21, 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri. They traveled the United States for the next few years as Frank was on active duty in the United States Marine Corps serving in the Vietnam War. They served in Kansas City, Missouri until 1962, from 1962 to 1965 they served at Camp LeJeune near Wilmington, North Carolina and in 1965 they moved to Camp Smith near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where they stayed until 1968. While Frank was in the Vietnam War, the family stayed in Scotland, Indiana near Crane Naval base. From 1969 to 1971, Elizabeth and family served at Parris Island, South Carolina before settling in Indianapolis in 1971. While Elizabeth was busy raising five children, she obtained her beauty license, opened up her own in home beauty shop and began a career with the United States Post Office, where she retired from in 1994.
She is survived by her son, Wesley (Rose) Gainey of Sartell, Minnesota; their three children, Megan, Kristen and Matthew; her eldest daughter, Robin Waltz of Indianapolis; her two children, Rhea and Sheldon; her daughter, Mitzi (James) Milner of Indianapolis; their two children, Joshua and Taylor; her son, Stephen Gainey of Indianapolis; her daughter, Valerie Gainey of Seattle, Washington; her sisters, Helen (Jack) Sheridan of Illinois and Bonnie (Jack) Price of Illinois; two brothers-in-law, Fred Gainey of Bloomfield, and Val Polancic of Illinois; four sisters-in-law, Barbara Gainey and Marilee Gainey, both of Linton, Annie Gainey of Bloomfield and Judy Gainey of Indianapolis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marlene (Val) Polancic and in 1994 her husband of 34 years, Frank Arthur Gainey.
Visitation will be held on Monday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center - Washington Park East, 10722 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN.
A service to celebrate her life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Lee Faust, Lebanon Christian Church officiating services.
She will be buried in the Veterans Plaza at Washington Park East. A catered lunch will follow the burial at the Community Life Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Compass Teen and Family Life Center, 110 East 5th Street, Fowler, Indiana 47944.