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Official Obituary of

Vanessa Gaines

December 16, 1958 ~ March 8, 2024 (age 65) 65 Years Old

Vanessa Gaines Obituary

Vanessa Ann Gaines was born on December 16, 1958 to the union of Fred and Ruby Murray in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Murray and sisters, Donna Vonarb and Lorrez Murray.

Vanessa accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and united with New Life Missionary Baptist Church. She was an active member of the Inspirational Choir and the Young Matrons.

Vanessa graduated from North College Hill High School and furthered her education at the University of Cincinnati.

Vanessa married the late Donald Gaines and to this union, one child was born, Tony Gaines.

She peacefully transitioned from earth to Glory on Friday, March 8, 2024 after a lengthy illness.

Other info about her life from Tony: Vanessa was no doubt an attractive person, but more importantly, she was an attraction. She attracted PEOPLE — young/old, men/women, different races, religious beliefs and economical backgrounds. There was something within her that illuminated from inside, outward; whether it was her heart, soul or spirit! People couldn’t help but take notice and spark up conversation with Vanessa. It was said best by her brother, Nessa ain’t never met a stranger.

Vanessa leaves to cherish her memory: a loving son, Tony Gaines; her mother, Ruby Coleman; grandchildren, Price, Tennile, Marceline, Taresa, Tytus and Joshua; siblings, Linda, Karen, Eartha, Janet, Lisa, Darren, Alex (Ann), Shannon (Virginia), Ebony (Greg), Jason (Tamara) and Nicole. She will be forever in our hearts.

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March 23, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
New Life Missionary Baptist Church
6434 Simpson Road
Cincinnati, OH 45224

Funeral Service
March 23, 2024

11:00 AM
New Life Missionary Baptist Church
6434 Simpson Road
Cincinnati, OH 45224


Vine Street Hill Cemetery
3701 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220


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