Gayle Katherine Winter

Oct 29, 1954 - Jun 22, 2016


Gayle was born on October 29, 1954 in Sacramento, CA. She spent her childhood at her family farm where she would enjoy horseback riding. In 1972, Gayle met her lifelong partner, Greg through friends. Shortly after, Greg proposed to Gayle at her favorite restaurant, Taco Bell. On August 10, 1974 they wed at a local Methodist Church near Sacramento Executive Airport. Eleven years later, they had their first child, Justin. Three years following came their youngest child, Ryan. After Ryan was born, Gayle became a stay at home mom until Ryan started 1st grade in which she got employed as a Yard Duty assistant at Ryan and Justin’s Elementary School. Four years later, she moved up as a Health Assistant at the local Elementary School where both children attended.

Around 2005, Gayle was diagnosed with Dementia, a memory loss disease. As the years progress, the family spent many vacations doing things Gayle loved such as horseback riding at the ocean and camping at local lakes which of course includes messy s’mores and fishing with her boys. Many Saturdays were spent at the local race track supporting her family, and of course many Sundays were spent washing the race cars. Some weekends were spent cheering on her favorite race car driver (besides her boys), Jeff Gordon, at the nearest NASCAR race track (or traveled race track).

On June 22, 2016, the world said good bye to a beloved wife, a wonderful mother, and a dear friend. Her last day was surrounded by people who loved her. Her beautiful smile and laughter will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace, lovely woman.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park
9189 E. Stockton Boulevard
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Audra Chapmon (Volunteer) says:

    I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family for the loss of your dear Gayle. I hope that you will find comfort in the words of Jesus at John 5:28,29 where he promised that the day is coming when he is going to resurrect back to life those in the grave. At that time Isaiah 33:24 assures us that no one will be sick. Until then, it is just like our loved ones are sleeping. (John 11:11-13) May you draw strength from Jehovah, the God of all Peace.

  • Janis Munroe says:

    What a beautiful picture of Gayle in her favorite place-The OCEAN! She will be missed so much and I am so happy that was privileged to know such a wonderful, warm person.

  • Cathy Blackshere says:

    Gayle was such a sweet loving person. Will miss our conversations at the race track. She will be missed by many.

  • Goldie Parino says:

    Greg, Justin and Ryan, You definitely had a wonderful wife and mother, Gayle was one of the nicest women I knew. She always welcomed everyone with her wonderful smile and shy eyes. Gayle truly had a way of making you feel comfortable; listened to and cared for, she was a genuinely nice and good person. She truly loved her family, her eyes would shine when she spoke of you. The three of you were so lucky to have her in your life everyday, everyone wishes they had a mother and wife like you did. Kyle and I will miss her, as I know everyone who knew this beautiful woman will.

  • Michele and Dan Elliott says:

    We hope that the grief you are feeling may be lessened by the support and prayers from those that love and care for you during this difficult time. We met Gayle thru our sons friendship with her son Ryan. She was a kind and softspoken person. We continue to enjoy our friendship with Ryan and we see Gayle’s legacy living on thru him and the man he has become.

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