OR - After a short battle with cancer, Gayle passed away
peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, September 2,
was born in Akron, Colorado to Chris and Carmen McDonald.
She lived in Akron until the age of nine when the family
left Colorado to begin a new adventure in Mehama, Oregon, where
she resided until 2000. She
attended school in Mehama and Stayton.
She was a member of the Mehama Church most of her life
and after moving to Salem she attended Sunday School at the
First Church of the Nazarene.
For many years Gayle was employed at the Mehama Post
Office and The Hub, but most importantly she was a fulltime wife
New Years Eve, 1953 Gayle married Don Teeters and together
raised four sons. Don
and Gayle were married 56 years before his passing in 2010.
She loved telling stores about her younger years in
Colorado and always wanted her family to know how fortunate they
were to not have had to live through the Depression, yet she had
many fond memories of growing up.
Gayle and Don loved to travel across the United States in
their motor home, but were always glad to be home in Oregon.
will be remembered as the matriarch of the family. Gayle always made sure everyone was cared for, whether it was
family, friends or neighbors, and taught her family to always
keep others in their prayers.
She loved the Sunday family dinners and cheering for the
is survived by her sons Doug (Vicky), Bruce (Sandy) and Denis;
grandchildren Aretha (Demetrius), Shane (Donna), Casey (Tiana),
Amber (Andy), Ryan, Troy, Donald and Teresa; 12
great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sister Joyce
Longfellow; many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
She was preceded in death by per parents; husband Don;
son Harold; grandson Brandon; sister Aladean (Deanie); and
brother Allen (Bud).
family would like to thank Dr. Paul Huun for his many years of
wonderful care for both Gayle and Don; Oddysey Hospice
caregivers; the staff and caregivers at Sweet Bye & Bye; and
the many family and friends that visited, phoned and sent their
prayers during Gayle’s illness.
will be laid to rest at the Fox Valley Cemetery, Lyons, Oregon.
At her request there will be a private family service.
In lieu of flowers, Gayle suggested contributions of your
choice to Oddysey Hospice, Salem or Sweet Bye & Bye
Gayle’s words – “I’ve lived every day practicing to meet
the Lord, and I’m ready now.”