Gayle G. Boyd, 98, died December 9, 2013. She was a life long resident of Marshalltown, most recently residing at Bickford Cottage. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 13 at First Baptist Church, in Marshalltown. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday December 12, 2013, at the Main St. Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. Memorials for Gayle can be addressed to Tuesday Musical Club c/o Kay Beach at 408 Edgeland Drive in Marshalltown or to Iowa River Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
She was born Gayle G. Gildner on January 26, 1915, in Marshalltown, the daughter of Edward E. and Francis E. Gildner. She married James H. Boyd on June 30, 1940, the beginning of a partnership that would last 64 years until James' death in 2004.
Gayle was a graduate of Marshalltown High School, Stephens College and the University of Iowa (1937). Prior to her marriage, she taught school in Maxwell and Burlington, Iowa. She was a life long member of First Baptist Church (now FBC) and her faith was the rock on which she built her life. She taught Sunday School, was a long time member of the choir and held many committee and leadership positions over the years.
She was also a more than 50 year member and past president of PEO, Chapter NU, a more than 65 year member and past president of Tuesday Musical, a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Assistance League, Starpha, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Visiting Nurses Board, Elmwood Country Club, Save the Courthouse and other community groups.
Gayle's first love was her family. She and James had three sons: Winton (Gail) of Burlington, Iowa, Douglas (Jinita) of Marshalltown, and Kendall (Connie) of Troy, Montana, all of who survive her. She also leaves six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Although scattered, the family is a close and harmonious group that will miss her greatly.
Gayle's other loves were music, travel and nature. She was blessed with a lovely soprano voice and knew how to use it. She was a frequent soloist with her church choir. In early years she sometimes sang duets with another choir member, her mother. She looked forward to singing at the community Messiah performances, sometimes as a soloist, and in other community groups. She remembered fondly singing the role of Amahl's mother in the opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors".
She was blessed with the opportunity to visit many places, starting with a trip to Europe the summer of 1937. She visited all 50 States as well as East Africa, China, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Egypt, Russia, Scandinavia, Great Britain and Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Columbia and more. She loved to share stories and pictures of the people she met and the things she saw and learned.
Gayle loved learning and participating in the outdoors, whether her yard and garden, swimming or paddling on a lake or river, walking in the woods or on the beach as well as the many wonders she appreciated on her travels. She loved plants and animals great and small. She appreciated the beauty of Iowa as much as the other places she visited; it was, after all, her home.
Her husband, James, her parents and brother all preceded her in death. She was the last member of her generation in her extended family.