On September 1, 2020, heaven received another angel. Celeste Kirke Gaines, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, better known as “Granny Les” to her grandchildren and “GG” to her great-grandchildren, entered into eternal rest peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She was 91 years old. She was a lifelong resident of New Orleans, Louisiana.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Allen Gaines and Paul Gaines. She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Gaines Monaghan (William Monaghan), a son, Lane Simmons (Karen Simmons), five grandchildren: Dawn Monaghan Vernace (Michael Vernace), Danielle Monaghan Haydel (Gregory Haydel), Darlene Monaghan Brenan (Gregory Brenan II), Annie Whatley (Larry Whatley) and Amanda Dominique and nine great-grandchldren: Codi Vernace; Abagail, Amelia and Adeline Haydel; Kristian and Gabriel Brenan, Hayden and Houston Swido and Abram Dominique.
Celeste was a member of Rio Vista Baptist Church and enjoyed writing poetry, gardening, playing Bingo and was an avid animal lover. She was a very unique woman who lived and danced to the beat of her own drum. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all who were fortunate enough to have known her.
Due to COVID-19, there will be a celebration commemorating her life at a later date.
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