The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
Arthurene Elaine “Cookie” Gainer was born to the late Ellen Gainer-Harrington and George E. Gainer Sr. in Temple, Texas. Arthurene was a 1975 graduate of Temple High School, Temple, Texas. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Prairie A & M University. Later, she attended Texas Southern University, where she obtained a Political Science degree and a Juris Doctorate.
Arthurene excelled in athletic as evidenced by her participation in the 1976 Olympics. Her standout performances while at Prairie View A& M University landed her a position in the first class of female inductees into the school’s sports Hall of Fame.
Arthurene practiced law for eight years before entering the field of education. She taught in the Temple ISD in the district’s alternative education program. Following the death of her mother, she moved to Port Arthur to be closer to family. Until her illness, she was a proud teacher and coach of the Port Arthur Independent School District’s Memorial High School.
She taught English and naturally she was a cross country and track coach. She was named as the 2011 Teacher of the Year.
Arthurene was preceded in death by her parents, and sister Joyce M. Gainer
She leaves to cherish her legacy one brother George E. “Teddy” Gainer Jr. (Rachel) of Canada, devoted aunt Gladiola Campbell, uncle Harvey Williams, devoted cousins Michael Campbell and Eartha Williams all of Port Arthur, Texas , niece Denise Gainer of Canada, a special friend Betty Bossette of Beaumont, Texas, a host of cousins, and friends.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Rock Island Baptist Church with a viewing from 12 noon until service time. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.