GAYLE WHITMAN Gayle Whitman passed away Dec. 10, 2016. She was born Aug. 31, 1946, in Ventura, Calif., and married John Quirk Sept. 29, 1995. Gayle attended elementary school in Ventura, and middle school and high school in Alberta, Canada, and Ventura. She was an alumni of Nevada Southern University (UNLV), majoring in accounting. She was in the banking business for several years and and accountant and/bookkeeper in the construction and medical fields, as well as an office manager. Gayle enjoyed teaching her grandchildren to hunt for scorpions in her backyard, taking care of her dogs, Peggy, Daisy and Duke, while watering her plants and citrus trees. She also had a very accurate aim with a firearm and bow and arrow and was an avid reader. Gayle was a devoted mom that raised independent, educated daughters. She enjoyed being John's best friend and a grandma "Me Maw" more than anything else in the world. Her friends described her as enthusiastic, determined, humorous, spirited and loyal. Gayle was always good in a crisis and there to lend a hand. Although she is not physically with us, her beautiful spirit carries on with the people that love her. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Hawkins. Gayle is survived by her husband and best friend, John Quirk; mother, Kay Hawkins; sister, Sue Nicol; daughters, Teri Heinz, Wendy Egli, Denise Gorelick and Anita Wagner; grandchildren, Jake Heinz, Max Heinz, Harper Rose, Hawkins Rose, Shafer Egli, Aliya Gorelick and Ben Gorelick; nephew, Justin Nicol and his wife, Leah Nicol; niece, Kimberly Nicol; several special extended family members; and numerous dear friends. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Gayle Whitman's name to Safe Nest.
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