Gayle Marie Schaffer Gunter, born on September 29, 1942, passed peacefully at home surrounded by family.
Daughter of Gerald and Marie Schaffer, she and sister Geraldine (Roth) grew up in Mt Vernon, Indiana near the Ohio River, which Gayle always referred to as, “my river.” She graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1960 and two years later married the love of her life, Jesse Gunter, at Trinity United Church of Christ. In 1979 Gayle and Jesse relocated their family of five to Georgia, where they transferred their membership to the First Presbyterian Church U.S.A. in Statesboro. Throughout her life, Gayle maintained a youthful spirit. She loved loud music, spontaneous road trips, kaleidoscopes, photographs, plants, animals and especially books. She was employed by the Statesboro Regional Library for a number of years. She was fiercely loyal to family and friends.
Gayle is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jesse Gunter, her daughters, Susan, Kathy, and Jessica Gunter, her son-in-law Chris Benatti, and the three greatest joys in her life, her grandchildren, Jordan, Bailey, and Abbie Gunter. But we would be remiss in leaving out the most beautiful and smartest German Shepherd in the world, her Molly!
A private memorial service will be held in the near future. Remembrances can be made to First Presbyterian Church, Statesboro, GA or Trinity United Church of Christ in Mt. Vernon, IN.
Deal Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
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