Gayle Frandsen Maxwell was born November 18, 1922 in Widtsoe, Utah to Carl and Maude Frandsen, as the oldest of their four children. She met, played hard to get, and later married the love of her life, Floyd Nye Maxwell on December 23, 1939 in Vernal, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on May 18, 1944, where they, along with their newborn daughter, DiAnn were sealed together for time and all eternity. Together they became parents to two more beautiful daughters: Maurine and Kandy, completing their family.
Gayle was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many different capacities, often simultaneously. Gayle served the Church as a teacher, executive, counselor and president in several organizations including Primary, Young Women and Relief Society. She also helped with fundraising efforts to build a new chapel, served as the Librarian, an Ordinance Worker in the Jordan River Temple, and as a missionary with Floyd in the London Temple. Gayle was constantly involved in compassionate service work in her ward and community. There wasn’t a funeral in town she wasn’t involved in helping with. Even in her final years, she put the welfare of her friends and family above her own.
Gayle spent the majority of her life in the home she and Floyd built together in Rush Valley. Her home was modest, but beautifully maintained, and was the favorite gathering place for family and friends. Here you would always find at least one bowl of candy and a fridge full of soda waiting for you, child or no. If you left her house hungry, that was your own fault. As much fun as it was to sneak up behind and scare her while she was vacuuming, you had to be careful not to be within arms reach; as sweet and gentle as she was, when she spun around, that vacuum stayed in her hands and was coming straight for you.
Gayle had a love for gardening and yard work. She insisted on mowing her large lawn well into her older years, until she couldn’t physically manage any more. Love filled every inch of the space she lived in. She made you feel like you were the most important person in the whole world to her. You would leave her presence renewed and at peace, because she had somehow dispelled all the negative feelings you may have been carrying. All her grandchildren secretly know they are her favorite. How is that? She is genuine. She is interested. She asks, she listens, and she remembers. She is your best friend and your biggest supporter. She gives time and love unconditionally. She is patient. She nourishes souls with her very presence. She radiates an energy that can only accurately be described as Christlike.
In her later years, Gayle moved into an apartment in Tooele and immediately made friends with all of the neighbor children. She was known as “the Candy Lady” and had visitors almost every day.
Gayle lived an exemplary life. All who were privileged to know her consider themselves blessed. She will be greatly missed.
She had been without her husband and best friend for 29 years. We are all so happy they are finally reunited. Gayle passed away peacefully on November 12, 2023 in Lehi, Utah at the age of 100. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Floyd, her parents, her three younger siblings, and her Great-Granddaughter, Cassidy. She is survived by her children DiAnn (John) Berry, Maurine (Glen) Harris, and Kandy (Curtis) Sagers. Gayle was and will always be the proud Grandma of 19 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, and 23 great-great-grandchildren,
with more on the way.
Funeral services will be held in the Rush Valley Ward Chapel on what would have been her 101st birthday, November 18th, 2023 at 11:00 AM, where friends may call one hour prior to the services. Interment in the American Fork Cemetery.
The funeral service will be livestreamed. Click on the following link to watch: