Gayle M. Braley, 48, of Concord died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, supported by numerous friends and family members, at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston after a four-year fight with cancer.
She was born in Newport News, Va., in 1966 to Frederick R. Morrell and Judith Bolles Morrell.
She earned both her bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Virginia, and then worked as an attorney for the law firm of Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C.
In 1993, she married her husband, Philip R. Braley, and moved to Concord, New Hampshire. They were married for over twenty-one years.
Upon moving to Concord, she clerked for the New Hampshire Supreme Court before returning to private practice. She became a highly regarded trusts and estates attorney for the McLane Law Firm in Manchester, New Hampshire. Prior to joining McLane, she also worked for the law firms of D'Amante Couser and Orr & Reno, where she became a director. Gayle took great satisfaction from the practice of law, and enjoyed working with her clients and colleagues.
Gayle loved theater, acting in shows while in high school and college, and then in several community theater productions in New Hampshire. Her daughters both caught her love for the performing arts, including theater, music and dance, and Gayle was very active in supporting their efforts behind the scenes. Many of Gayle's closest friends were other parents who she met through her daughters' shows.
Gayle loved singing. She was active in her church choir in Concord, and she met her husband in a church choir in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Gayle loved arts and crafts, including painting, quilting, scrapbooking and stamping. She made many friends at gatherings where she demonstrated stamping products and techniques.
Gayle made friends wherever she went. Her energy and enthusiasm were infectious.
Gayle is survived by her husband; her daughters, Laura E. Braley and Cecily A. Braley; her parents of Newport News, Virginia; her brothers, Michael Morrell of Glen Allen, Virginia, and Mark Morrell of Suffolk, Virginia, and their families; her sister, Kathleen Morrell of Ossian, Indiana, and her family; her father-in-law, Brian W. Braley, and mother-in-law, Judith L. Braley, both formerly of Concord, New Hampshire; and her brother-in-law, Andrew K. Braley of Burlington, Connecticut, and his family; and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main S., Concord. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Park Street, Concord. Interment will follow at Blossom Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, 03110 or to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 26, 2014
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