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Gayle E. Edwards

d. February 28, 2022

Gayle Elaine Edwards, age 80, of Foristell in Saint Charles County, Missouri, went to be with Jesus, Monday morning, February 28th, 2022.

Gayle was born on March 8, 1941 in Glendale, California. She was the middle of three daughters born to Paul and Bessie (Crocker) Penhollow. Gayle grew up in the Glendale area and graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in Sunland -Tujunga, California. She met “The love of her life”, Dale Edwards, while they were working together at a Savings and Loan in Burbank, CA. They were married on January 21, 1961 and soon after, moved to Kentucky where her husband Dale had grown up.

Her primary job during her early adult years was being the best mother that she could possibly be and she excelled at that job greatly. Later on, she stood out as being a fantastic sales person because of her incredible outgoing personality and general respect and love for people. She also later managed her own small daycare out of her house. This job fit her so well because of her love for and kindness to children. To this day, even after she retired from working in that field, she had parents and kids that she watched that were still a part of her life. Gayle and her husband Dale & children Paul, Philip and Ellen moved around quite a bit because of promotion opportunities. She always made the best of those situations.

Because of her outgoing personality and love for people she would make friends very easily. Because of these qualities, she has maintained long-lasting friendships all over the country. Wherever she lived she was always an integral part of her church. She became involved with many ministries; having roles such as leading youth choirs, heading up benevolent groups to help feed and clothe the less fortunate and teaching Sunday School. For a time in her life, she also was a caregiver to her in-laws as they were up in years.

For the last many years, Gayle took her writing talents and her Love for the Lord and posted Daily Devotions on Facebook, (which are still on facebook today.) This was one way she ministered to many people over the years. She was a member of various cooking groups as well. She was blessed with three children and three grand-children that she loved deeply. She had been a big part of their life. She talked about them all the time and how proud she was of, Lily Rainbow, Caroline and Levi. Gayle had so many talents such as singing. She had a beautiful voice and had a great ear for music. Of course, her favorite music was music that glorified the Lord. She also excelled at writing, which she shared almost daily with people that she loved and people that were looking and needing a pathway to Jesus. She exemplified what the Lord Jesus asked of believers and that is to follow 1st Corinthians 13 “The way of Love”.

Last but not least, she was literally the best cook and baker in the world, if we are talking about comfort food. She was talented, and the people that knew her, can testify about her talents in the kitchen. She credits her mother and mother- in-law for being influential in developing this incredible talent. She liked mystery tv shows, musicals,  and movies. She especially preferred “who-done-its” and Hallmark Christmas Movies. Gayle had tragedies and sorrows like everyone has in life from time to time, but she was able to fight through because of her faith in God and the power of his Word. Gayle was ready to meet her Lord Jesus and to see all of her family and friends and loved ones that passed before her in Jesus.  

Gayle is survived by one Son, Paul Edwards and his wife Rachel, one Daughter Ellen Walz and her husband Joseph , three Grand-Children Lily, Caroline and Levi, one Sister Beth Dodd, many nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Bessie (Crocker) Penhollow, her father, Paul Penhollow, her sister Jocelyn, her husband, Dale Edwards and her son, Phillip. 

A Celebration of Gayle’s life will be held this Friday March 4, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Hope Church, 5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd, Entrance 1, Hazelwood, MO 63042. In lieu of flowers or gifts, we are asking that you give to Hope Church’s Sharing Our Sources Outreach Ministry.  Gayle loved all of the Hope Church Sharing Our Sources outreach ministries at Hope Church. She loved seeing how she could help each of these ministries with donations of food and clothing.  Click the link below for ways to give and select Sharing Our Sources. If you have any questions please call. 314-869-7777.;!!MHfi0vs!GQFHfS4IXNMOpOwiA1FGeZUVXIxPpysPZu-2faIB2qO8a6Wt2KV13rpjqmC2UhE$  

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