Gloria Daidone Gainer

Passed away on September 5, 2018

Gloria was the daughter of the late Annie Russo and Sam Daidone and continued a long line of proud Sicilian women.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh M. Gainer. They were married for 58 years prior to his death in 2006. Gloria was also preceded in death by her son, John Russell Gainer, her son-in-law, Sterling Gros Jr., her sister, Annie Rose Pritchett, and her brother, Sam Daidone.

She is survived by her loving children: Greg (Anita) Gainer, Susan Gainer Gros, Marie Gainer Eason (David Weber), Hugh (Anna) Gainer, Matthew A. Gainer, and Amy (Dan) Anderson. Her legacy will also be carried on by her grandchildren: Ashley Gainer Mehaffey (Sean), Rachel Gainer Rowe (Evan), Jennifer Gros Hancock, Sterling Gros (Whitney), Russell Gros (Haley), Natalie Eason Wommack (Trevor), William Eason, Hugh Gainer Jr. (Holly), Daniel Anderson Jr., Claire Anderson, and Elizabeth Anderson. She will also be lovingly remembered by her great-grandchildren: Miles and Nathan Mehaffey, Gloria and Phineas Rowe, Avery Gros, Cooper and Campbell Gros, Harper and Hewitt Wommack. Gloria’s memory will also be cherished by her sister, Dorothy Daly (Edgar) and her sister-in-law, Lois Daidone.

Gloria was born in Birmingham, AL, and attended Ramsay High School. She was an active, lifelong Catholic and was a parishioner of the Cathedral of Saint Paul. Her faith was the cornerstone of her life and an example for many. This was evident as family and friends often requested that she pray for them. She had a lifelong devotion to the Blessed Mother and strived to pray the rosary daily.

In addition to being a mother of seven children, she was a bookkeeper for an auto repair business owned by her father and subsequently by her husband. She was a loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She opened her home and table to family, friends and strangers. Gloria was a wonderful cook and enjoyed trying out new recipes on her always growing and hungry family. Nothing pleased her more than having all of her family around her. She also entertained countless priests with her delicious gourmet meals. Even though she raised seven children and had a busy life, she always found time for other people. She was a consummate care-giver who embodied unconditional love. Her other joys were the beach, her house, and her yard. As she was homebound for the last few years of her life, one of her greatest pleasures was watching the beautiful birds on her numerous bird feeders.

All this being said Gloria was a perfect example of a gracious, poised lady and was greatly admired by many.

The family would like to thank all of her caregivers especially, Jennifer Smith who tenderly cared for our mother like a daughter.

Visitation will be held Friday September 7, 2018, from 5:30 to 6:45 PM, followed by the Rosary, at Johns Ridout’s Funeral Parlor Southside, 2116 University Blvd., Birmingham, AL. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at the Cathedral of St. Paul, 2120 3rd Avenue North, Birmingham AL on Saturday September 8, 2018, at 10:00 AM.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 8, 2018

Gloria Daidone Gainer

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Kevin Daly

September 10, 2018

My aunt Gloria had that gift some people have of making you smile and feel at ease. Maybe as a nephew trust was easy or we only saw each other at good times but when everyone says the same, you know it was her soul.
This seems like a silly kid’s memory but it is my favorite of her.
During one of our visits to Birmingham she decided to read the tales of Uncle Remus to us. I think the group she gathered had several very squirming young boys in it who all would have preferred chasing each other though the yard and probably all professed as much. But in a calm manner she got us to circle around and listen as she began the tales. I became mildly interested as she read but as soon as some dialogue came up I was mesmerized. She brought every character to life with voices I had never even imagined. Her talent with those words blew me away. We stayed put for the whole story and probably talked about them for the rest of the day. Maybe to some these stories are in poor taste or considered racist but as kids we just thought they were funny and they expanded my view of books and encouraged me to see more than the words on the page.
As with any loved one’s passing I wish I had spent so much more time around Gloria. I will surely miss her warm smile and loving interest she was always eager to share.

David Weber

September 9, 2018

I came to know "Miss Gloria" (which is how I addressed Gloria Gainer) thanks to my loving, committed relationship with her daughter, Marie. Miss Gloria was a kind, warm, and humane lady. She and my mother (who lived in California, and passed in 2017) talked on the phone a couple of times and both wished they could meet one day; so now, perhaps God or His trusted representatives will introduce them to one another. When my father passed in 2001, one handwritten condolence note read as follows: "Your dad returned to God with flying colors." I think there is no finer assessment to make about a person's life and impact on others, and Miss Gloria's life more than merits that same assessment. I loved and respected her very much, and will miss her a great deal.

Susan Inglis

September 6, 2018

Gloria was like a sister to my mother Pat Inglis .My Mother would correspond with letters and address Gloria/Jigs as Sophia Loren and Errol Flynn because they were such a dashing couple. I know my Mother Pat will miss Gloria immensely :it was such a wonderful friendship .I will miss Gloria's calm voice ,beautiful smile &her supportive spirit .She was always gracious &kind.I remember the last time I was @ her home talking to her &petting her beautiful cat along with enjoying the view of multiple bird feeders .I applaud her successful life and her loving nature that will be passed on by her children ,grandchildren and great grandchildren .Thank YOU God for the blessing of Gloria and her life.Love ,Susan & Pat Inglis