Willis Gaines

Obituary of Willis Edwin Gaines

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Willis Edwin Gaines of Yuba City, born on November 19, 1931 was called home to his final resting place in the early morning of January 23, 2022 at the age of 90.

Willis or "Pop" as he was known to his children, grandchildren, and great-granchildren, is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Lula-Elliott-Gaines, 3 children, Sharon Gaines of McMinnville, OR; Steve & Kerry Gaines of Live Oak, and Jodi & Fred Stafford of Yuba City. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley & Lucy Gaines, and brother Keith Gaines & sister Fern. A long-time resident of Sutter County, "Pop" retired from Live Oak High School where he worked in maintenance, and as a bus driver. Prior to that, he worked in agriculture with local farmers & as a truck driver/mechanic with his son. 

He enjoyed working on cars, trucks, and farm equipment, often employing his children, then later his granchildren in helping him with this maintenance, whether needed or just as a way to keep little hands busy! At family gatherings, Pop always kept everyone on their toes with his jokes, teasing & infectious smile.Thanksgiving & Christmas get-togethers will definitely not be the same without Pop! And this we know for sure- our loss is HIS gain!

"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"

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