Gainesville - Elsie Eudena Gayle VelDink, 73, died Monday July 8, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida. Gayle was born on June 8, 1940 in Gainesville, Florida, and graduated from P.K. Yonge Laboratory School in 1958. Gayle graduated from Georgia Teachers' College (now Georgia Southern University) and earned her Masters degree from the University of Florida. She was a life-long educator who retired from Buchholz High School where she spent her entire career as a Home Economics teacher and Guidance Counselor. Gayle was a huge Gator Fan and an animal lover.

Gayle was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Dena VelDink. She is survived by her brother, Fred VelDink (Kim) of Tallahassee, FL; her sister, Sandra Richardson (Lee) of Bristol, FL; two nephews, Eric VelDink (Christine) of Satsuma, FL and Max VelDink of Tallahassee, FL; a niece, Lynn Smith (Tom) of Tallahassee, FL; 2 great nephews Michael VelDink and Shane Smith; and a great niece, Samantha VelDink and her mother, Gail Poupard Brown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gainesville Pet Rescue - 600 NW 75th Street, Suite C, Gainesville, Florida 32607.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 27, at 10:00 AM at Forest Meadows East Cemetery, 3700 SE Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, FL.

Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609, (352) 378-2528. Please sign her online guestbook at www.forestmeadowsfh.com

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Forest Meadows Funeral Home and Cemeteries
725 NW 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32609
(800) 958-2528

Published in Gainesville Sun from July 21 to July 22, 2013