Dana Maile Gainey ended her battle with cancer 7:00 am Saturday February 24, 2018 at home in Conway, Arkansas. She was born Kong Ja Park in Seoul, Korea, September 13, 1967 and after November 28, 1971, grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota as Dana Maile Durigan, having been adopted by Dennis Leroy Durigan and Claudia June Schepp Durigan. She is survived by her husband, Brian Gerrard Gainey, and three sons Austin Gerrard, Carson Hocott and Elliott James, parents, Denny and Claudia Durigan, brother Drew Allan Durigan, parents-in-law Hugh and Elaine Gainey, Brother-in-law Dale Gainey and his wife Amanda, sister-in-law Claudia Gainey Bement and a host of friends who regularly got together for special trips and retreats.
Dana graduated with a B.S. from Harding University and M.S. from The University of Central Arkansas. She and Brian married on May 18, 1991 and lived in Conway, Arkansas where she worked for Acxiom. She loved to cook and entertain. She was active in Zeta Rho and International Friendship Outreach. She attended and was active at Conway’s First Baptist Church.
She was far more than a beloved daughter and sister, a devoted wife, a fiercely protective and loving mother, an ardent friend, and respected colleague. Dana was beautiful, supremely confident, fearless, determined, precise, competitive, organized, adventurous, faithful and hospitable. She will be profoundly missed.
There will be a service celebrating the life of Dana on Friday, March 2 at 12:00 noon at Conway’s First Baptist Church. . In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CARTI, Arkansas Hospice and/or CaringBridge.org.