Gayle Jones passed away on Thursday, February 17th, at St Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, SK., at the age of 83.
Gayle leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory: her husband, Ellwood Jones; daughter, Laura (Wade) Blakley; daughter-in-law, Luci Stebner; brother, Jim (Geraldine) Parisee; sister, Theodora (Chris) Yates; her grandchildren, Aiden, Serena, Rowan and Drew; as well as many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. She is predeceased by: her son, Shane Ellwood Jones; her parents, Theodore and Alice Parisee; brother, William Parisee; sister-in-law, Hélene; sisters, Dorothy Parisee, Barbara Parisee and Susan Caldwell; and brother-in-law, Keith Caldwell.
Gayle was raised in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario. She attended high school and then attended North Bay, Ontario for her Diploma in Stenography. She worked for the Abitibi Pulp & Paper Mill then moved to Flin Flon, Manitoba at the age of 24 to work with the CIBC, where she met her husband Ellwood. Gayle and Ellwood were married on August 21, 1965. They moved to Saskatoon and Gayle worked for the CIBC for a brief period. Laura was born in 1966 and Shane in 1969. Gayle was a stay at home mother until 1980 when she began her position at Sherbrooke Community Centre in the recreation department until 1989. She had an extended involvement with Sherbrooke with their Day Program until 2018 when she became a resident.
Gayle had a love for knitting, crocheting, quilting and hand crafts and had a passion to teach to anyone who wanted to learn. While in Sherbrooke, Gayle made hundreds of toques that she donated to charity. Always busy, she loved to play cards with family and friends. Every day that Ellwood would visit her in Sherbrooke they would play cribbage. Gayle sang in the church choir and curled in Smooth Rock Falls. She loved to go out fishing. She loved to play bingo and was happy to join in the games at Sherbrooke. She had multiple health problems and multiple surgeries over the years but would bounce back from each one, never complaining how bad her health was. She was still knitting until the day she was admitted to the hospital.
Gayle’s greatest pride was her family. She loved her husband, children and adored her grandchildren. She couldn’t wait to visit with them and teach them how to play cards. She connected regularly with her family and friends; including her sisters, brother, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews.