Obituary Listings

Betty Gaines

December 26, 1943 May 3, 2018
Betty Gaines
There are condolences waiting approval on Betty's Tribute wall

Plant a tree in memory of Betty

A proud partner of Honoring a Life
Obituary for Betty Gaines

Betty L. Gaines

Bluff, Utah

Betty L (Schear) Gaines, Age 75, passed away at Blue Mountain Hospital on May 3, 2018. After having battled Lung Cancer and COPD.

Betty was born on December 26th, 1943 in Pleasant View Utah. She was the 7th child, 2nd daughter of 8 children born to Glen R. and Zelpha (Thompson) Schear. Betty lived most of her childhood in the bean fields near Dove Creek, Colorado. Her Mother died of Cancer when she was around 9 years old.

She married, Melvin L. Gaines on January 5th 1960. Dads commitment and love for her never wavered. Together they had two daughters and two sons.

She attended school to the 8th grade; however, in 1979 she did all the class work necessary to get her GED, because she wanted her children to know the importance of education.

Betty spent most of her life in Bluff, Utah where she made many lifelong friends in both Blanding and Colorado. She was supportive and loving to her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, father, Siblings, nieces, nephews and many friends. She could read us all like a book. She knew the minute we walked in the door when something was wrong. She always went above and beyond to take care of them or help them in any way she could.

She had a wicked since of humor. Her family was often the target. One time she and Carol put a cigarette between Aunt Zelda’s dentures, poured Tabasco sauce on them and tied them to a string, and hung them up in Aunt Carols kitchen. Another time one of her family wanted a new house, so she found a plastic trailer and put it in Aunt Zelda’s driveway. One year she gave Brian black licorice coal for Christmas. Yet another one of her siblings wanted another a million bucks and she bought a wallet and paper money.

She was a devoted employee to Vance and Laura Nielson and worked as a Store Manger for the K & C Trading Post for over 20 years. She also worked many years as a waitress for Climma Arther at the Sun Bonnet Café and later at the Mausi Café in Montezuma Creek. Prior to working for Climma she worked at the Sunbonnet for Bob and Norma Evans. She took on a brief position with Social Services Cleaning apartments for the elderly and also worked for Fayebell as a waitress for many years. She also worked as a housekeeper at the St. Christopher’s Mission for Father and Joe Pontious.

Betty was the Bluff Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief for 25 years. During her tenure they had some nasty fires ranging from the usual brush and house fires to an oil well and air plane fire. However, the team was quite successful as the volunteers only lost one house and one church. In 1977 both she and Kathy Carson had the privilege of being featured nationally in newspapers as being the first pregnant fire chief and secretary treasure in the United States.

Betty is survived by: her husband Melvin Gaines, daughters Shirley Gaines, Donna (Jeff) Anderson, sons Bill (Brooke Heddlesten) Brian (Melissa) Gaines; Granddaughters Heather (Troy) Perry, Summer (Edwuardo) Sanchez, Brittnie Heddlesten and Grandsons Garett Gaines and Seamus Gaines. Great granddaughters Winter McBride and Snow Perry. Sisters Zelda Bucher, Carol (Bob) Strode and Sisters in laws Nadine, Carolyn and Lynn, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death and was received in heaven by her Granddaughter Tiffany McBride, Her parents Glen and Zelpha Schear, Brothers Raymond, Johnnie, Delbert, Keith, and Elden Schear.

Grave side services provided by San Juan Mortuary on May 8th, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Interment services will be at the Bluff Cemetery.

The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support they have provided during Betty’s illness.

To plant a tree in memory of Betty Gaines, please visit our Tribute Store.

Previous Events





10:00 AM 5/8/2018 10:00:00 AM
Bluff City Cemetery

County Road 723
Bluff, Utah 84512

Bluff City Cemetery
County Road 723 Bluff 84512 Utah
United States

Cemetery Details


Bluff City Cemetery Final Resting Place

County Road 723
Bluff, Utah 84512

County Road 723 Bluff 84512 Utah
United States

Create new album
Subscribe To Obituaries

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.