Gayla Harris Sessions passed away peacefully on November 12, 2022 at the age of 89 in Salt Lake City, Ut. She was born on September 8, 1933 to Loyal and Martha Harris of Portage, Ut. Gayla was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 66 years, Ray Sessions, her son Gregory Sessions, her sister Kathy Harris, and her brother Stephen Harris. She is survived by her children, Kim (Luann) Sessions of Boulder, CO, Stephanie Moon of Salt Lake City, UT, Brad (Sharon) Sessions of Broomfield, CO, Bruce (Carol) Sessions of Salt Lake City, UT, and Stacy Foster (Dillon) of Broomfield, CO. She is also survived by her sister Noma Sharp of Salt Lake City, UT, 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Gayla graduated from Bear River High School in Garland, Ut and was awarded a BA degree in English Literature and a MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. She grew up in Portage, UT and after her marriage followed her husband in his career living in San Antonio, TX, Rapid City, SD, Logan, UT, Cleveland, OH, Tallahassee, FL, Keams Canyon, Az, Denver, CO, Boulder, CO, and Broomfield, CO. One of her most rewarding experiences was spending a year in Jinan, China, with her husband, teaching English to Physicians after her children were grown.
Gayla had a passion for travel and new experiences. She traveled extensively throughout the world during her lifetime. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was a homemaker and devoted loving mother to her 6 children. Gayla had a thirst for knowledge and education. She loved correcting her children's grammar. It became expected and amusing and they often didn't cooperate. She also loved books, reading, writing, computers, skiing, being with her children and grandchildren, spending time at the family cabin in Breckenridge, CO and her dog Kega. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a gentle loving disposition. She could be the life of the party and enjoyed putting people at ease. Her unconditional accepting love for others brought many friends into her life. Gayla will be deeply missed and remain in the hearts and thoughts of those who loved her.
Gayla suffered from Alzheimer’s in her later years and a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association would be an honor to her memory.