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     This memorial website was created to remember Diana "Gayle" Brown who was born in Peoria, Illinois on June 7, 1954 and passed away on December 21, 2008. She will live forever in our memories and hearts.

     Diana “Gayle” Brown, 54, of Creve Coeur, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 11:50 a.m. on Sunday, December 21, 2008, at Manor Care at Riverview in East Peoria.

     Gayle was born on June 7, 1954 in Peoria, a daughter of John and Grace (Gilkison) Antle. Her father preceded her in death. She married David A. Brown, Sr. on July 21, 2001 at Mt. Hawley Community Church in Peoria. He survives.

     She is also survived by her mother, Grace Antle of Peoria; sisters, Sharon L. (Roger) Worman of San Diego, CA and Sue Elliott of Peoria; nieces, Cally (Anderson) Puckett of Healdsburg, CA, Courtney (Ryan) VanBiene of San Diego, CA and Carly (Ed) Emken of Peoria; two great nieces; step-son David A. Brown, Jr. of Bellevue; step-daughter, Courtney (Brian) Scudder of Pekin; step-grandson, Ryan Scudder of Pekin; and several step nieces and nephews.

     Gayle attended Illinois State University for three years and transferred to Evangel University in Springfield, MO, graduating in 1977 with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and Teaching.

     From 1978 to 1979, Gayle served as a teacher for the Mission America Placement Service (MAPS) in Samoa.

     Gayle was a teacher at the Salvation Army Child Care Center in downtown Peoria, for the last twenty-two years, last working on November 19th of this year. She was formerly employed at the First Assembly of God Day Care in Peoria. She was always proud of her students at their spring graduation.

     Gayle was a member of Northwoods Community Church in Peoria and volunteered in their Discovery Land children’s department. She loved spending time in Puddles Pond at Northwoods, teaching and spending time with her family - especially at holiday dinners.

     Gayle enjoyed reading; listening to The Oak Ridge Boys, Allison Durham Speer and Gospel music; and collecting Boyds Bears. Gayle had a strong Christian faith and never met a stranger. She will be remembered as a very loving, generous and caring woman.

     Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 27, 2008, at Northwoods Community Church, with the Rev. Steve Shaffer officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 26, 2008, and one-hour prior to services on Saturday, both at Northwoods Community Church. Interment will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

     Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Child Care Center in Peoria.

     Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home in Peoria.


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Vicky (Weitzel) Hartman
 

I grew up with Gayle.  We lived right down the street from each other for many years and went threw school together. 

She was one of the very best friends I've ever had and although we haven't stayed in touch too well over the last few years she will be missed in my life. 

She is a very special person.  One year-- I can't remember which one-- she invited me to a movie for my birthday.  I had no one at the time to babysit my young daughter so we had to take her with us and of course as children will do my daughter didn't behave very well in the movies.  Gayle never gave a hint that it was getting on her nerves as I was becoming more and more upset with my daughter.  As it turned out poor Gayle had to sit and watch the rest of the movie by herself.  I had to take my daughter out so she didn't upset the rest of the folks in the threater.  She was so kind and understanding about the whole deal.

Mrs. Antle, Sue and Sharon and Dave, you guys are in my thoughts and prayers.  I know you will all be strong for each other while missing her terribly.  I am so sorry!!!    Vicky (Weitzel) Hartman

Carol (Siebrasse) Long
 
Gayle and I were connected through our families as our grandmothers were life-long friends.  Professionally, we were both early childhood educators, and Gayle sent many of her pre-school students to me at Hines when they entered Kindergarten.  Gayle was so very dedicated to her job and her students.  Her kindness and patience made her well suited to teach young children.  It was fun to share ideas with one another over the years.  I will always remember her as a wonderfully warm and sweet woman who was a friend to all. 
Latest Condolences
Susan & Peter Carlson Remembering Cousin Gayle January 4, 2009
 
Gayle was my cousin and although I only got to see her every few years at family gatherings I always remembered her sweet smile and wonderful personality.  Her work in Samoa made such an impact on me that I often thought of following in her footsteps when I was younger.  I can only imagine the impact she has had on the countless lives she has touched over the years through her work with the Salvation Army Pre-School.  Her legacy will definitly live on in through those children.  Our family will miss her greatly.  Our deepest sympathies to Dave, Aunt Grace, Sharon and Susie.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  God Bless, Susan (Saksa) and Peter Carlson
Jessica Dear Friend December 29, 2008
 
Gayle, you are greatly missed and deeply loved by us all. I miss your beautiful smile that was always on your face. I thank you for being a great friend to me and a loving teacher to Zachary. Dave, you are in our thoughts and prayers, along with the rest of the family.
Tiki Walker Special Teacher December 29, 2008
 
My prayers and blessings go out to Mrs. Gayle and her family. I am a mother now, I attened Salvation Army DayCare Center as a child and so did my siblings. Now I have my own family, Andre-18, Harmonie-13, Justice-13, and they also attended the center. Mrs. Gayle was a very important part of our every morning,She always had a great big SMILE waiting for all of us. She will be missed very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Also My parents send there prayers.   THANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOU GAVE MY INTIRE FAMILY!!!
Ben and Pam Madigan Friends December 28, 2008
 
We were saddened to hear of Gayles passing. Gayle taught our oldest Son,Joel, 1st grade at Family Life Center in Peoria. She was such a vibrant,happy,smiling Christian Woman. We didn't know Dave,but, send him and the family our deepest condolences. Truelly, a Precious Servant of the Lord has gone home to be with her Lord. Psalms 116:15. She will be greatly missed. Love In Christ, Ben and Pam Madigan
Marcy Coppernoll Hult Center Instructor December 27, 2008
 

I am so sorry about Gayle.  For many years while at the Salvation Army Child Care Center, Gayle brought her students to the Hult Center for our summer program.  I was always impressed with Gayle's sincere concern for the well being of her students.  She had such a lovely manner with the children.  My sympathy to all of her family. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Marcy Coppernoll, Hult Health Education Center 

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