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“We miss you. ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: Gene Gaines - CA

“Mrs. Marion, your love extends to generations to come. Your light will never be dimmed and we rejoice in your rest until our Savior's return and we...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Kim Smith - Lomita, CA

“Marion was like a second mother to me. We attended the Harbor Church together with her family for over a decade and the love she shared will never...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Kimberly Smith - Lomita, CA

“Today I attended one of the most beautiful services honouring my dear friend Marion. Marion was such a wonderful friend, she let you know how much...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Heather O'Donovan - Winnipeg

“Marion Backstrom Gaines will be kept in the thoughts of those who loved her. The lost of the Backstrom and Gaines families will be shared by all...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Andrew Knox - Los Angeles, CA

“Marion was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and an exceptional friend. She will be greatly missed by my family and everyone that had the pleasure...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Bob Dawsey - Torrance, CA

“My condolences to the entire Gaines family. ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Warren Fairbanks - Carson, CA

“Marion was one of the greatest people I have known. My life has been blessed in so many ways because of this woman. She used to say she was my kids...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jenny Schanen - Gardena, CA

“She was the best mother-in-law anyone could ever hope to have. She was kind, caring, thoughtful and was always fun to be around. She was a wonderful...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Michele Gaines - La Mirada, CA

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the Gaines' family and will keep them in our prayers. ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Bennie and Loretta Bennett - CA

“Eugene, I haven't seen you in over 55 years, but just want you to know you have my deepest sympathies for the loss of life companion. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Curtis

“Gene and Family, we were saddened to hear about the loss of your wife and mother. We have fond memories of our time in Winnipeg with the Blue...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Joyce Murphy - friend

“My condolences to brothers Warner and Jimmy and entire family. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Curtis Chappell - Palos Verdes, CA

“Marion and Gene were 2 very special friends . We will miss her great smile and personality.David Gurberg ( Montreal) ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: David Gurberg - Montreal

“Marion was a very special lady! She could make you laugh until it hurt! She was very warm and caring to a young mother who had moved to Montreal and...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Ferrel & Jeff Rimer - Columbus, OH

“classmate at 20th street school & lafayette jr. hi. school ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: robert proctor - los angeles, CA

“Marion was one of a kind. She was a special friend. You could go months without talking with her and then pick up the phone and talk with her like...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: - MB

“I love you Nonnie. ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Keegan Gaines - La Mirada, CA

“What a wonderful woman.........made me laugh all the time. I will miss her.Love to the family.Kari Kirzner ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Kari Kirzner - Kirkland, QC

“Luv u mom ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Gene Gaines


Marion, the daughter of Walter Jr. and Julia Backstrom was born February 19, 1939 in Los Angeles, California. She passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, June 3, 2013 with family by her side in Harbor City, California. Marion is survived by Eugene, the love of her life and husband of 53 years; three devoted children, Ellen and husband, Tony Varela, Eugene Jr. and wife, Robin Gaines and Elaine and husband, Robert Kitchen; five siblings, James and wife, Madean Backstrom, Warner and wife, Loretta Backstrom, Don and wife, Jacquelyn Backstrom, Vernell Backstrom and Ruby Howard; five grandchildren, Desiree, Sara, Courtney, Keegan and Kendell. Also survived by Isaac Gaines, Winslow and Alberta Gaines, Beatrice McGowan, Frank and Beverly Gaines, Harold and Inetia Gaines, Tommy and Sandy Gaines and many nieces, nephews other relatives and close friends. The Memorial Service will be at 10:30 on Tuesday, June 11th at Harbor Christian Church in Harbor City. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Green Hills Mortuary in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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