Gayle Odle (1940 - 2018)

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July 24, 1940 -
November 4, 2018

Gayle Louise McGinnis Odle, 78, passed away early Sunday, November 4, 2018 at her Springfield, Oregon home. She died peacefully in her sleep comforted by family members.

Gayle was born in Enid, Oklahoma on July 24, 1940. She was an only child born to Ethel Odessa Hesser McGinnis and Dana "Don" Floyd McGinnis. Though not living nearby, Dana would often come for visits and she would fondly reflect back on her childhood, cherishing the strong bond that she had with mother and "daddy". Gayle spent much of her childhood on a farm near Orlando, Oklahoma where she and her beloved mother lived with Gayle's loving stepfather John D. Armstrong.

Gayle graduated High School in 1958. She met her husband Johnny while he was stationed at Vance Airforce Base in Enid, Oklahoma. They were married in 1958 and soon moved to Oakridge, Oregon.

Gayle worked for the Army Corp of Engineers during the construction of the Hills Creek Dam. She later worked for the U.S. Forest service in Oakridge and again later in Jackson, California. Gayle found that she loved working in Medical Transcription and beginning in 1974 went on to spend the rest of her working life in that profession, most recently working with the Oregon Medical Group in Eugene.

She leaves her husband of sixty years, John "Johnny" Andrew Odle, son John R. Odle and wife Gayla, son Darren A. Odle and wife Joan, grandsons Andrew, Matt, Cole, and Jhett, and granddaughters Hattie and Lisa. Gayle also leaves four great-grandchildren as well as nieces Cheryl Hunsucker McClellan, Susan Hunsucker Floyd and nephew Cary Zielinsky.

She was preceded in death by her son Mark A. Odle in 2016.

Gayle will be remembered for her sharp wit and sense of humor and her love for music. She had a real appreciation for "old time" music and enjoyed playing the piano with a particular passion for the nostalgic musicals. She loved collecting antiques and filled her home with memorable things from the past. Gayle also enjoyed exploring her Oklahoma heritage and stayed connected to several relatives there.

A graveside service will be held at Forestvale Memorial Cemetery in Oakridge, Oregon at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday November 10, 2018.

Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Nov. 8, 2018