Barbara M. (Boo) Gaines

barbara m. gaines
Barbara Macfarland (Boo) Gaines, 59, of Swannanoa, passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 22, 2007, at her home. A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Robin Adair and Olive Newton Macfarland. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Richard L. Gaines, who died in 1999, and by a brother, Robert L. Macfarland. Boo lived most of her life in Florida but moved back to the Swannanoa Valley in 1999 to be closer to her family. A craftsperson and artist, she was a former member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild and a retired boater out of the Florida Keys. Boo loved being on the ocean with the wind at her back, the sun on her face and a world of possibilities before her. She was a lover of animals, both great and small, and never met a stranger. She was known to help anyone that needed it. A 36 year breast cancer survivor, Boo touched many lives and left a trail of smiles, hope and laughter wherever she went. One thing that can be said about Boo was that she lived more and loved more than most. Survivors include her children, Tammy Macfarland and Chastity Glenn of Swannanoa, Scott and Ann Gaines of Lakeland, FL and Tracey and Brad Nicholas of Eagle River, AK; her sisters, Betty Miller and family of Norfolk, VA, Janet Morris and family of Black Mountain, Jo-Anna Moody and family of Highland Village, TX, Sandi Halstead and family of Asheville; a brother, Eugene Macfarland and family of Astor, FL; grandchildren, Ryan J. Nicholas of Eagle River and Hayli L. Gaines of Lakeland and too many friends and loved ones to list. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue with Pastor Sonia Burleson officiating. Her family will greet friends following the service and at other times will be at the home of Janet Morris, 392 Cragmont Road, Black Mountain. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 505 East Blvd., Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28203.

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  1. I have lost a sister way too soon. We grew up together in the mountains of NC and in Florida where she loved the water. Her passing has left a huge hole in my life and the lives of other family members but I will always remember her smile and offbeat sense of humor. She is dancing with our parents now. She is at peace at last.

  2. We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that our prayers are with you. With loving sympathy, Karen & Dave Charles (friends of Jo Moody)

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Didge and Melissa
    friends of Jo Moody

  4. We are sad to hear of the loss of your sister. I’m sure she was a great person and obviously was loved by many.

    Fred & Mandy Mew
    (friends of Jo)

  5. I am so sad to hear about your loss. She is in a betetr place. My love is with you all. Friend of Bill’s and Jo’s. May God be with you..

  6. So sorry to hear of your loss, Jo. Know our prayers are with you & your family at this time. A couple of verses that may help. Psalm 91:1-2

  7. Jo,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please know that we are praying for you and your family.

    Mark & Rebecca Herman
    (friends of Jo)

  8. From the moment we met, you accepted me as your daughter, and I thank God for all the time and memories we were able to spend together. You will live on in my heart and prayers everyday. Mom, I miss and love you dearly!

  9. I guess denial is just as good a place to be as any. I cannot bring myself to realize your gone. My heart is empty, numb, and filled with anger because your were taken from us to soon. I needed more time, I needed more time.


  11. thank you aunt boo for sharing your life with me it was not an extremely long time that we got to share but it was important to me and it made an impact. Thank you. Your loving nephew John P.S. Say hello to mamaw and justin & jeremy for me.

  12. Dear Family, Thank you so much for sharing Boo with us, her Christian Family. We loved her so much and enjoyed her enthusiasm for all that she did, and knew that she was genuinely concerned for others, especially her 4 footed friends. I am blessed to have counted her as a friend and sister in the Lord.

  13. Sorry to hear Boo passing. She was a nice lady. We lived in the same park, about 2 years ago. And not until I read this I didnt know she was the sister to Janet, whom is good friends with my mother Shirly Hancock. Boo is not suffering anymore.

  14. I am very sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing away. She will be missed by many. The park will not be the same with her gone. The only consolation is she is no longer living in so much pain. Barb was a generous and good hearted person who was trying her best to live a Christian life. May she find peace in heaven.

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