Evalynne (Evie) Dorothy (Kuchera) Gaines

January 27, 1914October 2, 2011

Evie walked into the arms of Jesus at the age of 97 on Sunday morning, October 2nd, 2011. She was born in West Minneapolis, Minnesota the oldest child of Rudolph and Mollie Kuchera. She resided in the Minneapolis area until she married Ray Gaines in 1947, then moved to Raisin, California where she became a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was employed by the Fresno County Library as the librarian and story lady of Raisin City. She drove the bookmobile until the age of 77. She spent the past 11 years in Bakersfield with her daughter and son-in-law.

She was involved with the YMCA Board, VFW, Raisin City Community Church, Eastern Star, Raisin City PTA, senior choir, as well as being a wonderful friend, wife, mother and grandmother to all who knew her.

Evie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ray Gaines; her brother, Ray Kuchera; and her sister Florence Novatney. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Martin and her husband Dennis; son, Gordon Gaines and wife, Marilyn; five grandchildren,Kathryn and Joe Gonzales, Steven and Heather Martin, Evalynne Martin, Tim and Shawna Gaines, and Renee Gaines, and also by three great grandchildren, Orion Gonzales, Salvador Gonzales, and Caleb Martin; and one great grandchild who is due in November. She is also survived by sisters Ruth Campbell and Marcy Brask.

A Funeral Service will be held at Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 10:00 am the Lisle Funeral Home, 1605 L Street, Fresno, California followed by a graveside at Fresno Memorial Gardens. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:00 am at Daybreak Church, 5446 Taft Highway, Bakersifeld, Ca.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Fresno County Library.

Arrangements under the direction of Lisle Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 12, 2011
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, October 13, 2011

Evalynne (Evie) Dorothy (Kuchera) Gaines

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Bill Walton, Bea Berrettini & Jerry Schoenherr

October 9, 2011

Dear Gaines Family,
We are deeply saddened to learn of Evie's passing. We're keeping you in our prayers that you find comfort in your many wonderful memories and in the knowledge that one day you will be together again.
Bill fondly remembers Evie as the lady who made the sugar-free pies, and he so enjoyed seeing her at Mae's memorial last January.

October 6, 2011

Dear Pat, Gordy, and family,

May the peace and comfort of Jesus be with all of you as you say good-bye to your sweet mom for a time. And may the anticipated joy of that forever reunion that we will all experience in heaven help you as you celebrate your mom's life. There are so many memories of being at her home as a child and an adult. What a creative, funny lady! She was so devoted to her family and friends. I was blessed to be her niece. Hugs to you all!

Cousin Becky Milne

Paula Valentine-Doster

October 5, 2011

A very special lady has walked thru the pearly gates of heaven to be with her beloved Ray. I have nothing but fond memories of her at the library be it checking out books, reading stories and helping her dust the bookshelves. It was always a favorite place to go while growing up in Raisin City. My thoughts and prayers to the family.


October 4, 2011

Dear Gaines Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Evalynne. Although I did not know her personally; I wanted to express my condolences. I hope that you find a measure of solace in the fond memories you hold so dearly for Evalynne. May you have peace from the God of all comfort and strength with each passing day.