Gayle Marie Drinville-Irvine was born on July 18, 1955, to Jack and Jeanie Drinville and passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2017. Her family and friends were by her side.
Gayle was born in Vallejo, California, but lived in Benicia, California, for the first six years of her life. In 1961 she moved to Tooele, Utah, with her parents and three sisters.
After graduating from Tooele High School, and upon completing Weber State College’s nursing program, she acquired her RN. Gayle worked at Primary Children’s Hospital for over 40 years making many friendships along the way. After a monumental time working with the hospital, Gayle retired in 2015 and moved to Torrey, Utah, a place she loved and had dreamed of living for many years.
Gayle had a scintillating light that would brighten anyone’s day, especially when she showed her humor. Anyone and everyone who knew Gayle loved her humorous outlook and perspective on life. She was always quick with a joke and had a glow of her own. Gayle was always adventurous and loved to explore, whether it was working a few summers at the Grand Tetons, horseback riding, driving her 1964 Red Ford Thunderbird in the 4th of July Parade in Tooele, running in marathons, biking, hiking, camping or road trips. She even skydived once! Kindness and generosity were also some of her strong points, not only for the patients she cared for, who were mainly children, but for her family and friends as well. Putting others’ needs before her own, she was abundant in her care of others.
Gayle’s affinity for music never held her back from dabbling in anything from reading and writing poetry to singing, playing the guitar and piano. She knew the right song, at the right moment, for the right occasion. With all those beautiful characteristics she possessed, it would eventually bring her to Ray Irvine, the love of her life. Together they would embark on many adventures, all with unconditional love for each other.
Gayle is survived by her son Alex Shank, her parents Jack and Jeanie Drinville, and sisters Debra Ann Ralston and Betsy Jean Bacon. Gayle was preceded in death by her sister Jacki, husband Ray Irvine, and the father to her son, Harry Patrick Shank.
Funeral services will be held on Nov. 10, 2017, at St. Marguerite Catholic Church, 15 S. 7th St., Tooele, Utah. Visitation is at 10 a.m. with the funeral service following at 11 a.m. Burial is at Tooele Cemetery.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2017, at Café Trio, 6405 S. 3000 East, Salt Lake City, Utah.