Tess Denise Gainey-Wallace

March 18, 1969 ~ January 26, 2021 (age 51)


Tess Denise Gainey-Wallace was born on March 18, 1969 in Gainesville, FL to her parents, the late James Samuel Gainey II and Merlinda Banks Gainey. 

On Tuesday, January 26th 2021 she entered her eternal home, and now she rests.

Tess attended Buchholz High School and was a 1988 graduate. She was a former Alachua County School Board employee at various locations and she had a home daycare for many years.

Tess married her loving husband, Donald Wallace Sr. on November 25th 2014.

She was a member of Jerusalem Church of God by Faith in Monteocha, FL where Elder Duane Gainey is the Pastor. Tess was a very outgoing and giving person. She always did her best to help others. Tess loved her family. Her nieces and nephews were her everything. She will truly be missed.

She is survived by her devoted husband Donald Wallace Sr. of Gainesville. Daughter, Aranah Clark.  3 siblings, Sharon Gainey Bailey (Selvie) Lacrosse, Joseph Gainey (Chinita) Gainesville, and George Gainey Sr. (Daphne) Suffolk, Va. Children she helped to raise, Renardo Clark Jr. and Kennisha Clark. Goddaughter Skylar Foster. Stepchildren-Donald Jr. (Sonia), Lawana Lyons, Delilah Wallace, Rhonda Oliver (Jonas). Sister in laws- Tracey Hill, Minister Kathy Robinson (Bruce), and Eleanor Austin. 6 nieces- Kanesha Robinson, Shavon Lewis (Quincey), Brittney Robinson, Stephanie Gainey, Cayla Gainey, and Ciara Doxie (Marcus). 6 nephews- Bryan Gainey, George Gainey Jr.,  Nicholas Blue, Marvin McReynolds Jr., Bobby Foster and Christopher Price, 8 grandchildren, 21 great nieces and nephews, and a host of aunts and uncles.

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February 5, 2021

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Phillip & Wiley Mortuary
MELROSE, FL 32666-3902

Celebration of Life
February 6, 2021

1:00 PM
Rhuta Branch Cemetery
11139 NW 192nd Avenue
Monteocha, FL 32609

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