Gayle was the beloved wife of Dale G. Van Genderen for 57 years. Gayle was the daughter of Dale and Margaret (Johnston) Stephen of New Sharon, Iowa. She married Dale G. Van Genderen November 28, 1959, at the Methodist Church in New Sharon. After their marriage, the Van Genderens moved to southern Missouri and began dairy farming near Cabool. For a brief time Gayle also owned and operated Gayle’s Gifts shop in Cabool. Her primary focus was raising her three children.
After farming, Gayle and Dale moved to the Spokane area where she worked for Silver Dollar City and the Shepherd of the Hills. Gayle loved dogs, cats, flowers and her home. She was a fantastic cook and baker making delicious cakes, cookies, and pies. She was an avid shopper, a lifelong Hallmark Christmas ornament collector, and a fan of Coca-Cola products and merchandise.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, DeVerne Stephen.
She is survived by her dear husband, Dale of the home; her daughter, Dawn (Tim) Wright, grandchildren Maggie and T.J. of Nixa, Missouri; her son, Stephen (Rhonda) Van Genderen, grandchildren Brianna and Kyler of Orlando Florida; and her son, Scott (Andrea) Van Genderen of St. Louis, Missouri, and grandchildren Andrew (Erin) Van Genderen of Honolulu, Hawaii, Laura (Evan) Fluty of St. Peters, Missouri, and Michael, Meridith, Patrick, and Bryan Van Genderen of St. Louis. She is also survived by her sister Carma (Steven) Seitsinger of Rose Hill, Iowa; her brother-in-law, Doyle (Ruth) Van Genderen of Mountain Grove, Missouri; many nieces and nephews, and her best friend, Norma Jean West of Cabool.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Southwest Missouri Humane Society of Springfield, Missouri, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at Victory Baptist Church, Nixa, at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.