Gayle Sanford

Bountiful, Utah

1950 - 2015


Bountiful, Utah


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This earthly world lost an incredible woman and the eternities gained an angel. Gayle Sanford passed away surrounded by family on September 5, 2015 at the age of 64. She was born November 23, 1950 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Wayne Unsworth and Nadine Todd Sanford.
Our mother grew up with the value of having fun and openly expressed that in all of her relationships. She had an angelic love for all of us and especially her grandchildren. She never missed an opportunity to tell us "I love you to pieces!"
Throughout her life she maintained a kind and loving demeanor that gained the trust and hearts of many, who even now, are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing, love and faith. She loved to pray, listen to music, dance, travel, play cards and games.
She traveled the world and made spiritual connections with all she came in contact with. It brought her joy to meet people and teach them about the life lessons she had learned.
Even though she is gone, she left the legacy of love and light. We will miss her strength, support and guidance but will continue to feel her presence in our lives.
She is survived by her children: Jason (Allyson) Hale, Natalie (Keith) Lawes, Romney (Garry) Stromness, her grandchildren: Bridger, Braxton, Kennedy, Hayden, Addie, Avery, Harrison, Hudson, her brothers and sisters: LaRene (Kim) Tovey, Darryl (Tracy) Sanford, Jolane (George) Scheib, Kerry (Evelyn) Sanford and Ryan (Karen) Sanford. Preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Nadine Sanford.
Funeral services will be Friday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the Bountiful 31st Ward, 585 E. Center Street, Bountiful. A viewing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary 295 N. Main Street, Bountiful and prior to the services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment in the Bountiful City Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff of South Davis Hospice and especially Holly Bowerman for her love and tenderness toward our mom.

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Words can never express what Gayle meant to me. She taught me the meaning of "extravagant love" in the many ways she devoted herself to sharing happiness with others. She never failed to add smiles and laughter to my life. Gayle didn't just live...she SOARED. She rose above the tragedies and disappointments in her life, and became a perfect example of how love, character and faithfulness could overcome the devastation of loss. I will forever treasure her friendship. Steve and I both...

Dear Romney,
We are sorry for your loss, Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, we love you all.
Aunt Sally Roberts and family

Awe sweet Gayle. You taught me so much about showing appreciation to others. How to laugh at yourself. How to throw an awesome party and make sure everyone has a good time. You hold a special place in my heart and for a time I felt as if our family was a part of your family. Thank you! Your legacy will live on through the many lives that you've have blessed. WE LOVE YOU! Love, Scott and Rebecca Van Valkenburg

What a blessing Gayle was to so many. She truly had the gifts of light, love, and laughter. My dear friend you will be missed so much by me and many more that knew and loved you. I love you like the sister and friend you always were. 'Til we meet again, I'll be thinking of you!

Gayle was a customer at the flower shop I work at....she was always such a joy when she came in. She had the best smile & best outlook on life! She loved flowers, and when she was in the shop, it was usually to buy for someone else. I loved to see her come in with one of her Grandkids, you could see how much she enjoyed them! I will miss seeing her & her smile. Thinking of her family.

Romney & Family. oh sweet Romney - I am so sorry to read of your precious Mom's passing. She has always been such a sunshine in every day. May you somehow find peace at this difficult time. You are the best parts of your sweet Momma. My love and prayers are with you always. God Speed.

How do I remember Gayle? I remember how kind and lively she always was. I remember her being a huge fan of The Beatles. (I think she had a full set of Beatles bobble heads) I remember huge homemade hair curlers made from empty juice cans. Gayle, you definitely left the world a better place and I look forward to the day when we'll all join you at the feet of our Savior Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. Rest in peace my dear cousin.

What a blessing to be able to say I knew Gayle. She was fun, funny, and she had such a great laugh! I will miss her dearly. I feel so bad I will miss her services, but I'll be out of town. Much love to her family. Joby Kamp