October 3, 1941 ~ September 6, 2005
Gayle was born October 3, 1944 to Lucille and Floyd Glenn (Cody) Tomerlin in San Antonio, Texas. She was born while her father, Cody, was overseas in the Philippines during WWII. Gayle went to school in Hondo and graduated from Hondo High School. She met her future husband, Roy Barnes Lee, in 1962 and married him October 13, 1962 at the First Methodist Church in Hondo, Texas. Gayle and Roy have two sons, Louis James Lee and Charles Edward Lee. Louis and Bernadette have three children, Travis, Troy and Caitlin. Charles and his wife Robin have two daughters, Kendall and Cory. Gayle has two sisters, Jolene Hovis and Sharon Mason. Jolene is married to Kenneth C. Hovis and they have three children, Danny, Melanie and Valerie. Sharon is married to George Mason and they have six children, Michele, Annette and Lynette, David, Jerry and Nancy. Gayle was very close to her husband, sons, daughters-in-law and especially her grandchildren.
When Gayle married Roy, she also became part of a much larger and loving family. She enjoyed the Lee family and became very close to all of them. Roy's parents, Newton and Ella Lee, and all the brothers and sisters accepted Gayle as a sister and daughter. They welcomed her with open arms. There are too many in the family to name and thank for all their love and support throughout the years.
Gayle spent a lot of her younger years at the ranch of her grandparents, Celestine and Louis Pichot. She was always full of energy and very inquisitive. She enjoyed her time at her grandparents ranch and was very close to them. She also enjoyed her time with her other grandparents, Ben and Katie Tomerlin. One time her grandfather, Ben Tomerlin, came over with some baby Spanish goats. Gayle cried and cried until her father bought that baby goat, which she named 'Nanny'. That goat had as much energy and was as mischievous as Gayle. Then she wanted a tiny Chihuahua that our Uncle brought over and she got it and we named it Cindy. She was always excited when our grandfather got a deer during the winter and she processed many deer throughout her married life.
During the 60's and until recently, she babysat children in her home. She cared for a lot of her nieces and nephews and all of her grandchildren. And she loved them all. She especially loved babies.
She did a lot of crafts and was always painting and fixing her home. She also taught her granddaughters to sew and crochet and was planning to teach them to knit. She was well known for her chocolate chip cookies. She went to her grandchildren's soccer and baseball games and band concerts and school events. She especially enjoyed 'grandparents day'. She rode horses with her granddaughters and went on many trail drives. She enjoyed being with Roy and her sons and friends while hunting and fishing.
Gayle was fortunate enough to become friends with her neighbors, Sandy and Dan Haven, when they moved to San Antonio. They have remained very close over all the years, talking and drinking coffee and doing crafts. In these last ten years, they have taken long trips together in the Havens motor home. Sandy and Dan moved in with Gayle and Roy these past ten months to care for Gayle 24/7. The family is very grateful to Sandy and Dan for loving and caring for Gayle.
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Louis and Charles and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful lady, a friend to everyone she met. A dedicated grandmother and loving caretaker of so many children. I remembered on two occassions she watched Katrina for me and Katrina loved her, but I don’t know a child that didn’t love Gayle. She will be missed by many, both young and old. Know that she is resting now and is no longer suffering. Keep your memories close to your heart, for they will get you through the next few days. Lean on your families and friends, for they will be there for you as well. Help your dad, let him know that you are all together, he will need you now more than ever. I wish I could be there tomorrow, but with the distance, I just can’t. But I will be with you in spirit and thinking of you. Take care and always remember the good times. Take time to smile, laugh and cry but also celebrate your mom’s life, she was a wonderful person. Love to all, Kris Betz
Dear Louis, Bunny and Family, Please accept our sincere condolences. We cannot express our deep feelings of sorrow for you and the family. Although the short time we spent with her at your house we realized what a loving wife, mother and grandmother she was. She was fun to be around and easy to like. Her suffering was long and agonizing and God felt He should relieve her of this. She is at peace now. God Be With Her. Love To All, Mom and Dad The Behring’s
With deepest sympathy in your loss of your wife.
Roy, Louis, & Charles, Growing up just a few houses down from you, I spent a good portion of my childhood at your home. When Charles and I got into mischief, which we did quite often, it never mattered that I was not one Gayle’s children. I often got in trouble as well. I have many, many wonderful memories and stories that I often share with my children. Gayle touched so many of our lives more than you will ever know. Our sincerest condolences to you and your families. Sincerely, Eddie & Yvonne Wilcut
Roy & Family, Sharon & Jolene, We extend our sympathy to you and your family. It was such a pleasure to know Gayle and will always remember her love of Children..Our love and prayers. Jimmy & Doris Jefferies