Gail A. Havens
1937 - 2020
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Havens, Gail A. Tampa, FL Formerly of Grand Junction, MI On Monday, August 3, 2020, Gail Havens passed away peacefully in Tampa, Florida at the age of 82. Gail was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on August 22, 1937 to Harold and Retha Havens. She was preceded in death by her sister, Susan Huff and her parents. She is survived by her nieces, Gail Huff and Laura Marolf, as well as many lifelong friends. Gail taught Textile and Apparel classes in the Family and Consumer Science Department at Western Michigan University. Her family and friends benefited from her sewing and knitting talents as they frequently received beautiful clothes, incredible quilts, charming placemats and napkins, or the ever-needed dishcloths. She also enjoyed spending time at her home on Great Bear Lake in Grand Junction, Michigan. She was known for her infectious smile and her kind and compassionate spirit. Gail was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, a member of the Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, and a Charter member of the Kalamazoo Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. In accordance with Gail's wishes, cremation has taken place. No funeral services are planned at this time. To view Gail's personalized web page, please visit https://www.langelands.com


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Published in Kalamazoo Gazette from Aug. 10 to Aug. 16, 2020.
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August 16, 2020
I first met Gail when I was searching for a seamstress and ordered some fine fabrics from her. She eventually became our tenant for 5 years during the 80's in the duplex my husband and I owned. We became friends, enjoyed taking a couple of Deanna House cooking classes together as well as attending BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) for 5 years together. She designed and made the wrap jacket she's wearing in the photo. So talented! A very unique person I'm glad I got to know. She talked frequently and lovingly about her two nieces, I do remember that.
Linda Foster
Friend
August 14, 2020
Gail was my neighbor at the lake and one of my colleagues in the College of Education at WMU. She was a kind soul and a wonderful, thoughtful person. My sincerest condolences.
Deb Berkey
Friend
August 11, 2020
Some of our happiest memories were the times spent with Gail and her family at the Lake! We had wonderful times!
Linda Furtaw
Friend
August 10, 2020
Gail was a favorite professor at WMU when I was there in the 80s. I was sorry to have lost track of her. What a precious lady.
Sheryl Bowman
Student
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