Gayle W. Leavitt
Gayle Wiser Leavitt passed away Sept. 28, 1994, in Dallas, Texas, of a heart attack.
She was born April 9, 1928, in Lewiston, Utah to Wayne T. and Eva Wiser. She was raised and educated in the Lewiston area. She graduated from North Cache High School where she participated in many school activities including band.
She married Jack Leavitt, her high school sweetheart and eternal companion, in the Idaho Falls Temple Nov. 5, 1946.
She was an active member of the LDS Church all of her life where she served willingly in many capacities, her favorite being a full-time stake missionary in San Antonio, Texas.
Her early married life was spent in many of the small communities of southern Idaho, as her husband helped build the telephone system. The family settled in Twin Falls, Idaho, in 1952, and lived there until 1965. They then spent the next several years living in Boise and Pocatello, Idaho, and Lincroft, N.J., finally moving to Eagle, Idaho, in 1982.
She had many talents and used them to make the world a better and happier place. She loved to quilt, crochet, sew and create beautiful things. She used these talents to make something special for each grandchild. She won many awards at state fairs for her work, one year winning grand prize for quilting at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
She loved to meet people and had the gift of making friends with all that she met. She was a motivator and a champion of the underdog. She made people feel good about themselves and was always helping people to be positive. She loved baseball and followed politics and current events. She loved the color purple and was pleased to see her granddaughters follow suit. She loved to read and to cook. Her cinnamon rolls and tea rings were famous among friends and neighbors.
She was naturally a wonderful mother and grandmother to her family and also to dozens of people who claimed her as an adopted mother and grandmother Most of all, she cared about the feelings of others and did all within her power to make people feel special.
She is survived by her loving and devoted companion, Jack; two sons and two special daughters-in-law, Ned and Janet Leavitt, Rigby, Idaho; and Randall and Karyl Leavitt, Boise, Idaho; one daughter, Staci Ann Leavitt, Pocatello, Idaho; one brother, Dahl Wiser, Seattle, Wash.; three sisters, Mrs. Rex (Barbara) Plowman, Lewiston; Mrs. Wesley (Marilyn) Poole, Boise, Idaho; Mrs. Milton (Janet) Petersen, Owensboro, Ky.; 11 grandchildren; 20 nieces and nephews; and dozens of adopted children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Kathy Gay Leavitt.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 1994, in the Eagle, Idaho, LDS Stake Center on North Eagle Road. Friends and family are invited to visit from 7-9 tonight at the Relyea Mortuary and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Lewiston Cemetery.