February 9, 1943 - May 7, 2018
Gayle was tenderly welcomed home by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, May 7, 2018. She passed away while in the Rogue Valley Manor Healthcare Center, Medford, Oregon.
Gayle was a cherished gift born to Dr. Walter and Betty Weller on February 9, 1943 in Grants Pass, Oregon. Both parents are now deceased.
Soon after Gayle’s birth, the family moved to Ashland, Ore. where Dr. Weller established the Ashland Veterinarian Clinic. He and his wife, Betty, raised their family of three daughters and a son during the family’s almost 35-year residence in Ashland.
An eminently good student, Gayle attended schools in Ashland, graduating from Ashland Senior High School in 1961. Not only was she strong academically, but she also received the National Danforth Leadership award, an honor given to young people for their outstanding character and leadership. In addition to this recognition, Gayle’s accomplishments in high school included being elected Student Body Secretary, Homecoming Queen, Varsity Yell Leader, Flag Girl, and Junior/Senior Prom Princess.
Upon graduation, Gayle attended Southern Oregon College (now SOU). Over the years, she also attended several colleges in California including the San Joaquin College of Law, receiving certification as a paralegal.
Gayle’s heart was loving and her tenderness touched family members and countless others. She gave friendship and gathered friends. Gayle treasured being a wife, mother, and grandmother. The love and devotion for her family created many adventures and wonderful memories. The memories span from a birthday party in the governor’s office, Hidden Valley, July 4th celebration, horse shows, Oak Lake, Ellingwoods, Half Moon Bay, Alabama Pancakes, Mt. Herman, Sunday school, Gold River Trails, Overleaf Lodge, big red wagon, tea parties, My Marilin, gunny sack dresses, and the road trip to Washington, D.C.
When the family moved to Washington, D.C., Gayle was offered the opportunity to serve in the Reagan Administration. She worked in the White House as a volunteer. Gayle soon became the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the President’s National Task Force on Victims of Crime. She subsequently served as the administrative assistant to the Director of the U.S. Action Agency (Federal Domestic Volunteer Agency). In the U.S. Department of Justice she served as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant United States Attorneys General for Justice programs. For the White House Conference On A Drug Free America, Gayle served as administrative assistant to the Presidentially-appointed conference chairman. For the U.S. Department of Education, Gayle was selected to be a grant program monitor, traveling to school sites across the United States.
Gayle is survived by her husband, Verne L. Speirs to whom she was married for 54 years. She is also survived by their two remarkable children, Andrea Wolf (Andreas) of Redwood City, California and Verne H. Speirs of Montgomery, Alabama. She leaves four treasured grandchildren, Logan and Madisen Wolf and Virginia and Elisabeth Speirs to whom she was fully devoted and dearly loved. Further, Gayle is survived by three siblings, Suzan Stubblefield, Lake Oswego, Ore.; Wendy Thompson (Tom), Hope, Idaho; and Wes Weller (Christy), Roseville, Calif.
Gayle loved her personal Savior and her life reflected His presence and His caring hand protecting her. Gayle’s heart was so tender and she freely gave love, friendship, compassion, and care to those she met on her life journey.
Gayle, you were so courageous and determined in your struggle with sickness and ill health over the last several years. Now, safely in your Heavenly Father’s Home, all pain and suffering is gone.
We will miss and yearn for you always.
At Gayle’s request there was no formal service nor burial service. She was placed into rest by her family at the Ashland Mountain View Cemetery.
Our family sincerely thanks the Rogue Valley Manor Health Care Center and its dedicated staff for the wonderful care Gayle received during her time in the center.
Our heartfelt thank you is given to Nancy Heyeman and Providence Hospice for their immediate response to our need by accepting Gayle into hospice care and their compassion and support in directing her care.
Dr. Prulhiere, no words can express our gratitude for your actions that ensured that Gayle received timely care and hospice services in the health center.
Dr. Ford, Gayle sincerely appreciated your kindness and compassion and the extra efforts you pursued in trying to address her difficult medical issues.
Father Joel, our family thanks you for your support, guidance, and prayers. The time we all spent with you truly helped us deal with the passing of our wife, mother, and grandmother.