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Gayle Y. Heagy

DOVER Gayle Yvonne (Emig) Heagy, born November 1936, ended life's wild ride February 2013. She is survived by her daughters, Denise and Dianne; her brother, Scott and his wife, Mary; her grandkids, Drew, Jake, Greg and Josie; many nieces and nephews; and is sadly missed by her best friend forever, Nancy. She was preceded in death by her son, Brian; daughter, Kim; husband, Al; and brothers, George and Wayne. Gayle was six years old when she (along with friends Julene Bentz and Joann Taylor) was a model for Criders, a children's clothing store in York, who put on a fashion show as a fundraiser for the War effort. Her outfit was a pair of jeans with a red plaid shirt, barefoot, and a fishing rod, while everyone else had girly-girl outfits. When Gayle was ten years old, she won a prize for the biggest bubble with two sticks of Double Bubble gum at Lincolnway Park in York, during the Calvary Lutheran Church Sunday School picnic. When she was in 8th grade (1949), she set a record for the baseball throw at the annual York County Schools Field Meet at Small's Athletic Field in York and in 1952, she captured the Girls Basketball Foul Shooting Contest for York County schools with a final showdown of 20 baskets out of 21 shots. She played Varsity basketball for Dover High School from 1950-1953 and the team captured the York County Girls Championship, coached by Helen Tate Ortman. She was also a member of the Dover High School volleyball and track teams. In her Junior year, she set a record in the 50 yard dash. In 1965, she applied for a position as a police officer in York City. She completed and passed all the exams and was accepted for a position. However, the City Council decided all police officers would be required to become a city resident. She declined to make this move even though she would have been the first female officer in York City. Gayle was employed by the York County Planning Commission as a secretary in 1964. Over the years she continued her education and consequently was promoted to become the first professional female employee as a Planning Technician, then promoted to a Planner I position. After 32 years of employment, she retired as the Project Coordinator of the York County Community Development Block Grant program, and her retirement years were awesome! Gayle traveled the world, crossing the Panama Canal, explored the rainforests of Costa Rica on a donkey, strolled the streets of Paris, gazed in awe at the aurora borealis in Alaska, cruised the Greek Isles, and even saw Pope Ben at the Vatican. But thru her many ventures, she still left her heart in San Francisco her favorite. Gayle did volunteer work for the Agency on Aging, was a member of the Conewago Garden Club and Red Hatters, was the assistant archivist for the Dover Historical Society and enjoyed time with her many buddies from knitting, TGIF card club and game day. She loved life and her many friends. She was extremely proud of her little town, so in lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Dover Historical Society, even if it's just an old photo or memory. Be thankful, happy, loving and kind she was. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Salem Union Cemetery, Dover. Emig Funeral Home, Dover, is in charge of arrangements.

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Feb. 28, 2013
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