Abigail Allana “Gayle” Smith was born on December 26th, 1938 and left this world on the first day of Spring, March 20th, 2010 with her family by her side. Gayle fought her eighteen month long battle with cancer with amazing wit, incredible resolve and great dignity. She was born in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and lived in Vernon, Lavington and Revelstoke.
Gayle will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her sister, Jani (Gary) Francks; her sons, Wade Drage, Bryan (Sharon) Pratico and Scott (Kim) Pratico; her grandchildren, Shale, Gabriel, Sophia and Rachel; her nephews, Todd (Lisa) and Dean (Deana) and nieces, Kim (Don) and Andrea (Andrew); great nephews; great nieces; and extended family. Gayle will also be greatly missed by numerous life-long friends that meant the world to her and brightened her last days. She was preceded in death by her father, Alan Henderson; her dad, Henri Tremblay; her mother, Hilda “Lou” Tremblay and her first husband, Albert Drage.
Gayle always knew how to make a good time out of any situation. She lived for lunches with her friends, ice cream with her grandchildren and dinners with her family. Always up for an adventure, big or small, Gayle took many day trips with her friends and several vacations abroad throughout her life. She loved all kinds of flora and enjoyed her many gifts of flowers and plants to the very end. Gayle had a varied career as a hairdresser, bookkeeper at CP Rail, many years working in the grocery business with her Dad and finally retiring after years in health care.
She was an avid animal lover, reader, swimmer, amateur artist and loved scouring curio shops for unique, only Gayle could love “stuff.”
Cremation preceded a Celebration Of Gayle’s Life which will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Saturday, March 27th, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. with Mr. Brian Jackson officiating. A Reception will follow in the Bethel Tea Room. In honour of Gayle, please wear bright colors as she loved the vibrant and varied shades of springtime.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Gayle to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4.
“Girls just want to have fun!”