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Virginia Beach - Gayle Swanson McCants, 76, of Wood Duck Drive went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. She was a loving wife, a great mother, an involved grandmother, a caring friend, and now a Guardian Angel to everyone.
Born in Richmond, Va., to the late James F. and Lucille W. Swanson she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Laurie Swanson McCants. Gayle was a graduate of Madison College and the Medical College of Virginia in 1957 and was employed as a Medical Technologist at CJW Medical Center until her retirement in 1995. Gayle was a past president of the Chester Woman's Club, a past member of Chester United Methodist Church, an active member of the Sandbridge Civic League, and a current member of Sandbridge United Methodist Church. She was also one of "Seven Veils of Sandbridge Beach" that brought her friends together from Richmond, Va. for an annual reunion to visit and enjoy the Beach atmosphere.
Gayle is survived by her husband of 55 years, Albert E. McCants Jr.; son, Albert E. McCants III and wife Joyce C. McCants; daughter, Kimberley T. Smigo; son, Daren Franklin McCants; five grandchildren, Albert E. McCants IV, Emily Gayle Smigo, Michael Tyler Smigo, Christopher Eric Smigo, Carter Swanson McCants; sister-in-law Ann M. Carter and nephew Nelson W. Carter III.
Gayle was a Girl Scout who later became a Girl Scout Leader that showed many scouts the importance of giving back to the community. Her love of the water began as a Lifeguard and later as a Water Safety Instructor who trained and certified lifeguards and taught children to swim. The Beach was her favorite place and later in her life Sandbridge Beach became her home. She loved her community, family, and friends and was always ready to go surf fishing or drop a line off the community pier.
Gayle was a friend to everyone and loved to play bridge and spend time with her family. She loved the performing arts and was involved with traditional dance at an early age with a focus on ballet and tap. Her strong spirit and compassion were always present and she made many friends during her other hobby—"cruising the high seas."
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2013, at the Sandbridge Community Chapel UMC by Dr. Clyde DeLoach, Pastor. Arrangements are under the direction of Holloman-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, 305 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 or the Sandbridge United Methodist Church Girl Scout Troop, 3041 Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 26, 2013