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Phyllis Gayle slipped quietly from mortality Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 90 years of age.
Born Sept. 18, 1923 in Mesa, AZ, Phyllis Jones was the second youngest in a large family of eight children. Her parents, Rollin Philemon Jones and Mary Elizabeth Mack, were of hardy Mormon pioneer stock who were the original settlers in Jonesville, now Lehi, which is an area within the present day city of Mesa.
The Jones family moved to Glendale in the early 1930s and it is here that Phyllis found the two loves of her life. The first was music. Her parents were able to provide piano lessons, so as a young child and then as a young woman, Phyllis developed this talent which eventually led to becoming an organist. She provided uplifting sacred music for countless church and social functions throughout her life. The second was a handsome young Idaho boy, James (Jim) Arthur Gayle, whose family had likewise moved to Southern California. They dated steadily in 1941 until the outbreak of WWll at which time Jim enlisted in the Navy and was shipped to the Pacific. Jim was accepted to officers candidate school and returned state side to pursue his studies. They were eventually married on April 6, 1946 in the mission home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boston, MA where Jim was finalizing his officer's training at Harvard University. In 1961, the family, now consisting of two children, Robert and Janis (David Shipley), were sealed together eternally in the Los Angeles Temple.
Phyllis had attended Junior College and one year of business studies at Brigham Young University during the war which prepared her for secretarial work at various times in her life. She was an excellent stenographer and retired as an executive secretary having served six consecutive mayors of the city of Newport Beach.
Over the years, Phyllis was a wonderful mother to her children and wonderful Nana to four Shipley grandchildren, Jamie, Scott, Robin (Ladle) and Craig, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Always positive and gracious, Phyllis lived her life to the fullest and enjoyed family and friends and lived her religion in a quiet humble way. And she was indeed part of the greatest generation.
Goodbye Nana, until we meet again.
There will be a Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday August 23, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 255 E Alvin Drive in Salinas.
Her family would like to express specific thanks to the staff of Kindred Pacific Coast Care in Salinas for providing loving and compassionate service to Phyllis during the last few years of her life.
Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.
Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis
Salinas, CA 93901
Published in The Salinas Californian on Aug. 7, 2014