Susan E. (Rice) Gainer

  • Born: January 4, 1948
  • Died: August 14, 2018
  • Location: Sudbury, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Sister

Susan E. (Rice) Gainer, age 70 of Sudbury, passed away at Emerson Hospital on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving wife of Mark R. Gainer Sr.

Born in Boston, on January 4, 1948. Sue grew up in Lincoln, MA on Winter Street where she had the opportunity to let her free spirit explore and roam through the beautifully cultivated gardens created by her parents, James F. and Barbara (Clemons) Rice, who have predeceased her. Sue had four younger siblings, Barbara, James, Laura, and John. Sue's brother, James (Jimmy) recently passed away on February 3, 2018.

Sue married her high school sweetheart, Mark Gainer. They raised four children, Marianne, Susanne, Mark Jr. and Elizabeth in Sudbury, MA. Sue's role in life was that of a caregiver. When she wasn't raising her children, she was working as a nanny or as a nurse's assistant in a nursing facility or home setting. Sue met her best friend Chrysta Paynton when she worked in a nursing facility in Sudbury, MA. Sue and Chrysta had many laughs and shared many memorable moments together.

Sue will be missed by her three siblings, beloved husband and four children, as well as her two son in-laws, Dennis O'Rourke and Richard Thoman, daughter in-law Gretchen Gainer, and eight grandchildren: Conor and Dylan Harris, Aiden and Devin O'Rourke, Lillian, Shannon, and Jake Gainer, as well as Allyson Thoman. Sue will also be missed by brother in-laws: Carl Gainer, Steve Gillig, Greg Popa, Claude Maillet, and sister in-laws Janet Gainer and Linda Gillig.

Thanks to the devoted staff at the Emerson Hospital Critical Care Unit, Sue was provided with the loving and nurturing care she always demonstrated as a caregiver, which allowed her to peacefully pass and join her parents and younger brother, Jimmy.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Sue on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord St., Maynard. Her funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm. Burial will be private at Lincoln Cemetery.

Gift's in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association 260 Cochituate Rd #200, Framingham, MA 01701


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mark we are so sorry for your loss! Our prayers go out to you and your family!

Posted by Bobby&Terri Newfell - Sudbury, MA - Friend   August 25, 2018

Hey mom, I keep thinking, "I'll ask my mother that." But don't you worry...I'll keep a book of questions for you.

From your most inquisitive child,

Posted by Ballou - - -, MA - Daughter   August 24, 2018

Sue was such an important part of my childhood. She exemplified kindness, generosity, love, compassion, understanding. I would not be who I am without her. She will be dearly missed.

Posted by Jesse Doran - Rochester, NY - Family Friend   August 23, 2018

Mark, Our condolences to you and the family for your loss. Sue will be fondly remembered.

Posted by Shawn and Louise Kelley - Princeton, MA - Friend   August 23, 2018

Sue you were my second mother. I will always cherish the memories you've given me. Your generosity and kindness was truly extraordinary. I've never met a more selfless person. You've made an indelible imprint on my life and I will be forever thankful.
~ Jamie aka Whitter

Posted by jamie carney - Framingham, MA - Family Friend   August 21, 2018

Our sincerest condolences for your loss.

Posted by Dennis and Megan Dauplaise - Littleton, MA - Family   August 21, 2018

Mark, so sorry for your loss. Sue was a great lady.

Bill Carroll

Posted by A friend   August 19, 2018

Sending our deepest sympathy to all of you. So many fond memories of being with Sue ... now cherished. Sending love and comfort ... Peggy and Wayne

Posted by A friend   August 19, 2018

To the Gainer family my condolences on the passing of your wife & mother. I remember Sue from L/S & as Mark's beloved wife.
May she Rest In Peace.
Mike Dunne
San Marcos, CA

Posted by A friend   August 19, 2018

My deepest sympathy, prayers going out to family

Posted by Rosemary Langmaid - Maynard, MA - Family Friend   August 18, 2018

My sweet mother, I will miss you always

Posted by Susanne ORourke - Marlborough, MA - Daughter   August 17, 2018

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