Lottie Hartwell Gaines, a longtime resident of Montclair, died on Jan. 28, 2021. She was 85.

Mrs. Gaines was born in 1935, the 10th child and youngest daughter of the “Hartwell Ten,” to the late Robert and Lottie Hartwell of East Hampton, N.Y.  She was raised in East Hampton, where she graduated from East Hampton High School in 1953.

She married David Gaines Sr. on Jan. 22, 1956, in East Hampton. They later moved to Brooklyn. Their union was blessed with five sons; she was a loving mother and devoted wife for 65 years.

After leaving New York, Mrs. Gaines lived in Newark and East Orange, and finally established a home in Montclair in the late 1970s. During this time she was able to touch the lives of many children and families while employed by the Montclair Board of Education, for which she worked until retirement. 

She was a longtime member of Bright Hope Baptist Church.

Mrs. Gaines enjoyed walking, shopping and taking trips to get homemade ice cream at Applegate Farm. She especially loved talking about and being a part of her family’s annual Hartwell beach party in East Hampton. 

She was known by her family and community for her vibrant smile, unique laugh, kindness and genuine love for people. She not only touched the lives of the children and families she worked with, she was a mother to many nieces, nephews, daughters-in-law and her sons’ friends.  

Mrs. Gaines is survived by her husband, David Gaines Sr.; four sons, Michael (Julia) Gaines of East Orange, Gregory (Deborah) Gaines of Forestville, Md., Gary (Lisa) Gaines of Glassboro, and Terence (Monique) Gaines of Fayetteville, N.C.; a brother-in-law, Florence Gaines Jr. of Hartwell, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and an abundance of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lottie Hartwell; a son, David Gaines Jr.; sisters, Thelma Thomas, Lucy West, Ruth Smart, Stella Jeffries, Helen Hayes and Bertha Hopson, and brothers, Robert Hartwell, William Hartwell and Richard Hartwell.

Services, which will be limited to 30 people, will be held at Rosedale Cemetery Chapel on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 2:45 p.m.

Arrangements were by Martin’s Home for Service.