Roberta Lee Gaines (Aunt Bob) was born in Oklahoma City on April 25, 1933 to Alvin Robert and Mabel May [Kelley] Hightower. Roberta went to her eternal home at 10:24 am on September 23, 2019, with family by her side.
Roberta graduated from Cascade Union Highschool in Turner, Oregon, and from NEO in Miami, OK.
Roberta was dedicated to the Lord by her parents at birth and instructed in the ways of God from early childhood. She accepted Christ at an early age. About the age of 14 she showed her determination to suffer for Jesus by being baptized in February with ice on the river shore. The fruits of Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control were all evident in her life. She followed Jesus’ example of being a true servant.
Roberta served her loving parents from childhood until their death. (The few times she needed corrections, she even tried to choose a switch that would please her mother. She was so devoted to her father that she often followed him to the field to watch or help him work. One evening, thinking she had returned to the house earlier, he came into the house after dark and discovered she was not there. After searching hours with an old oil lantern in all her favorite hiding places he found her asleep in a deep, plowed furrow down in the field. After caring for her parents until each had died, she moved to Guthrie and served faithfully at the Faith Publishing House, after which she stayed with Sister Evelyn Gibson-McCoy until her death. During the years living with Sis. McCoy she taught math and English at the Path of Life school. Many here will remember Aunt Bob’s gentle way of explaining difficult math concepts.
On October 7, 1984 she married the love of her life, Clayton Gaines and moved to Thayer, Missouri. Here she began a new life which she enjoyed for 24 years. She loved being a farmer’s wife: Caring for the farm produce, hunting for deer in the fall, reading in the winter, and gardening in the spring and summer. She joyfully served Clayton, son David, and Grandpa Sorrell. While nursing Clayton, just before his death, she contacted staph infection. God used this serious infection to demonstrate His healing power and to bless all those who helped her through this near-death experience. Because of this she had to leave their beloved farm.
Roberta’s greatest joy in life has been worshipping God. She loved home and public worship. One time in her life the family had only a pick-up. She willingly rode in the back of the pick-up in heat as well as the cold and light rain for the hour drive to church. One time the light rain turned to snow. When they threw off the tarp, it was covered with snow.
During her last ten years she lived together with her sister, Charlotte Huskey in Guthrie, OK. They enjoyed endless hours reminiscing over their childhood. The book, A Faithful Father, is mostly memories of Roberta, of their family. For many years she supported the work of God in India by sending a large portion of her meager income. Her last few years were spent helping editing books and gardening.
Roberta is survived by one sister Charlotte Huskey and granddaughter Maria Padilla, six nephews, Bob, Tim, and Ben Huskey of Guthrie, Jim Hightower of Ohio, Brian Hightower of Bartlesville, Mike Hightower of Neosho MO. Also five nieces: Tricia Bell of Sapulpa, Rosa Gellenbeck of Guthrie, Leah Wilson, of Enid, Julie Hightower of Neosho, MO, Christy Hueto of Tijuana, Mexico.
Roberta was preceded in death by Clayton Gaines, her husband of 24 years, a step son, David Gaines, her parents Alvin and Mabel Hightower, a brother Jim Hightower and sister Lois Davis, also two great nieces Maria Huskey and Kayleah Bell.
Friday, September 27, 2019
Church of God Chapel
304 W. Lakeview Dr.
Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044
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