Following a lengthy progressive illness, Gayle Rowley Wareham quietly returned home February 27, 2021. She was surrounded by loving members of her family at the time of her passing.
Gayle was born July 13, 1936 in Spring Glen, Utah, the third child of David Smith Rowley, Jr. and Selma Allred. She was preceded in death by her beloved infant daughter Michele, her sister Phyllis, her brother Jack and her parents. We are sure these reunions were sweet and joyous. This coal miner’s daughter married her true love and soul mate Franklin “Frank” Wareham in Elko, Nevada July 6, 1956. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on June 7, 1957, and had the great blessing of having their precious Michele sealed to them at that time. Four more children blessed their marriage in the subsequent years.
The love and loyalty Gayle and Frank shared grew throughout their nearly 65 years of marriage and will continue to grow through the eternities. They are truly best friends.
Gayle is survived by her husband Frank and their children Linda (Stephen) Bullough, Franklin (Judy) Wareham II, Alan (Juliette) Wareham and Laura (Thomas) Call. She is also survived by her brother Wayne Rowley and sister Micki Nicholes. Gayle was loved by grandchildren Michele, Jim, Adam, Diana, Chantalle, Nicole, Auri, Brandon, Johnathan, Tarra, Alicia, Daniel and Jake and great-grandchildren Taylor, Edison, Neal, Erin, Daisy, Kyla, Louis, Callie, Grace, Jaro, Mariska, Jack, Josh, Molly, Matthew, Tony, Adi, Cordelia, Jaxon and Weston.
During her life Gayle displayed her artistic talents through multiple outlets. These included oil painting, tole painting, sewing, embroidery and crocheting. She utilized this latter skill to crochet intricate and beautiful afghans for each of her 13 grandchildren. Using the tools of the earth and the green thumb she inherited from her parents, she loved to garden and bottled the produce she grew. Gayle’s passion early in her adult life was doing genealogy work to learn her family’s history. She made journaling an art form completing over 20 volumes of material that comprises a detailed personal history. She completed a several-generation pedigree chart before tools were available to make the process so much easier and efficient. Her love for family history afforded the opportunity for Gayle and Frank to serve a two-year Family History mission. After completing her BS degree in Accounting at the University of Utah, Gayle ran her own tax preparation business for several years. A voracious reader, she developed an extraordinary vocabulary that enabled her to reign supreme when playing just about any word game.
Gayle was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved any opportunity she had to teach. This included several years as a Gospel Doctrine teacher for Sunday School and serving as an early morning Seminary instructor in Vancouver, Washington. Her favorite teaching calling at church was as a Primary teacher. Oh, how she loved working with the children! For many years she volunteered in Tier 1 elementary schools to help elementary school-aged children to improve their reading skills. She also spent hundreds of hours working with adults in the community for whom English was not their primary language. Gayle and Frank completed a second service mission where they spent two years working with poor and needy families in the Salt Lake area to help improve their ability to be self-sufficient.
Gayle will be reunited here on earth with her daughter Michele when she is interred in a shared space at Memorial Estates Redwood, 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, UT. A graveside service for family members will be held Saturday, March 6th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. MT. Memorial Mortuaries and Cemeteries are offering a livestreaming of the service on Zoom following the instructions below:
Joining by computer
• Go to zoom.us in any internet browser
• Click “Join Meeting”
• Enter the meeting ID – 8015661249
• A box will open saying “https://zoom.us wants to open this application”. Click “Open Zoom”
• Click “Join with Computer Audio”
• Click “Mute” in the bottom left hand corner so that your audio does not interrupt the funeral service
Joining by phone or iPad
• Download the Zoom app
• Open the app and select “Join a Meeting”
• Enter the meeting ID – 8015661249
• Select “Join without Audio”
• Select “Call using Internet Audio”