2016-09-08 / Obituaries

Gayle (Leona) Lingenfelter

Gayle (Leona) Lingenfelter, 72 passed away Sept. 1, 2016 at her home in Mariposa, Calif., with her loving family by her side.

She was born on May 4, 1944 at Galt Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada to Reginald John Franklin Brown and Helen Frances Brown. Her father was born in Folkstone, England and her mother was born in Coleman, Alberta, Canada. Reginald met Helen when she was working at the Prince of Wales Hotel at Waterton National Park in Alberta, Canada.

During her childhood, Gayle lived in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from Winston Churchill High School in 1963. She met and married Dennis Haibeck and moved to Martinez in 1966, where they raised their two children ( Jenise and Londell). In 1983, she moved to Mariposa.

Gayle was an office administrator for Dr. James Huish at Merced Podiatry for 27-plus years. Her interests included family, friends, camping, photography, gardening, sewing, animals and reading. She devoted much of her time and energy to her family, friends and pets. Most of all she loved to dance and perform with her line dancer friends. For the last 20-plus years she performed at the Mariposa County Fair, Butterfly Days and any special event she could attend.

Gayle is survived by her daughter Jenise (Geoff) Jeppson and son Londell Haibeck (Harriet); her four grandchildren: Forest Jeppson, Carson Jeppson, Madeline Haibeck and Gabriella Haibeck.

She is also survived by seven siblings: Garry (Barb) and their four children, Gordon (Lynda) and their four children, Rick (Pat) and their two children, Glenda (Ron) and her two children, Cheryl (Kerry) and her son, Doug (Deb) and his daughter, and Penny (Dave) and her two children.

A special thank you to her dear friend Patty Davis, and her sister Glenda Brown, and many others who helped care for her during her illness.

Gayle’s Celebration of Life will be held on Sept. 10, 2016 from 2 p.m. at the Mariposa County Parks and Recreation open air pavilion, 4998 County Park Road, Mariposa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to American Breast Cancer Society or your local SPCA.

She will be forever missed and never forgotten.

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