Gayle Nelson-Hopper (1939 - 2012)

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Gayle passed away December 7, 2012. Gayle was born on April 12, 1939 to Richard C. and M. Kathryn Hedke. She moved to Des Moines as a child, where she later attended North High School. Gayle earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education from Drake University. For most of her career, she taught Special Education/Learning Disabilities for the Des Moines School District.

Gayle was a smart, strong and amazing woman who left a special imprint on everyone she met throughout her life. Those who knew Gayle, knew she adored her children and grandchildren. She spent every opportunity possible spending time and vacationing with them, along with their grandfather and her friend, Jim Nelson, Sr.

Gayle leaves a legacy in her family: Jennifer (Doug) Aron, Julie (Scott) Cirksena, Jim (Cris), along with Samantha, Tori, Mackenzie, Abigail, Jake, Nate, and Ben.

Celebration of her life services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, December 13 at McLaren's Chapel with burial at Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 12 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Clive Public Library in lieu of flowers.
Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 11, 2012
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