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NEWPORT NEWS – Gaylene Knight Hines, 82, died on Friday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Commonwealth Assisted Living in South Boston, Virginia.
She was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and raised in Newport News, Virginia, and graduated from Warwick High School.
Gaylene had a long and productive life as a devoted wife and mother, as well as a bookkeeper for Singer Company and retail sales for 15 years as well as doing volunteer work during her early years.
She devoted her later years as a caregiver to her mother and grandmother and later to her husband Fred, and enjoyed keeping up with her children and grandchildren’s lives. She loved sewing, gardening, painting and crafting and baking for family and friends.
Gaylene spent her remaining years living with her daughter, Susan and family enjoying the garden and country life in Halifax County, Virginia. Above all, Gaylene was generous to her family and always had a kind word to say and being with her grand/great grandchildren gave her much joy.
We will miss our Nanny Gaylene. Preceding Gaylene in her death was her mother, Rudene Barnes; her father Elmer Knight; her brother Raymond Knight; her first husband, Maj. Thomas John Bonnett; her second husband Frederick Hines.
She is survived by her two daughters, Bonnie Bonnett and husband Peter Stanley of Lakeport CA.; Susan Robbins and her husband Robyn of Halifax County, VA.; and son, Jeb Bonnett and his wife Shay of Carrollton, VA.; two sisters Joyce Bradsher of Hampton and Lydia Lane of Newport News; 10 grandchildren, Jacob Stanley and April Goebl, Rachel and Elena Stanley, Ian and April Robbins, Aimee and Lee Bowen, Alex, and Austin Robbins; and Christopher Bonnett Perry and Angela Ratowski, Jonathan Bonnett and Jeb Bonnett, Jr.; and four great-grandchildren Kai Perry and Pelagia and Nadia Perry and Lachlan Robbins; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Our family wishes to express our heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Commonwealth Assisted Living in South Boston, Virginia for their expertise, compassionate care and kindness for our mother.
Viewing and funeral services will be held in Newport News at the Peninsula Funeral Home on Wednesday, Sept. 16 with the viewing at 1 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. funeral service at Peninsula Funeral Home, then followed by a graveside interment at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to the local Hospice or the Commonwealth Assisted Living Memory Care Garden project.