Gayl Lynn (Love) Franssen, was born July 28, 1952 in North Bend, OR to Donna and Roger Love. She lived in Reedsport, Oregon until the end of high school. Gayl was an outstanding swimmer, winning many races statewide and holding the school record in backstroke for over 20 years. After graduation, she moved to Eugene, OR to attend and graduate from Business College. She married Richard L. Franssen at the age of 22 and together they had two children.
The family moved extensively while Rick was in the Navy, living in California, Idaho, New Mexico, Mississippi, Ireland, before finally settling in upstate New York to raise the children. Gayl was always supportive and proud of the boys as they graduated from college and started families of their own. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and them with her. At work, Gayl was universally popular because of her ever-present smile, overwhelming kindness, and it didn’t hurt that she threw great parties!
In the early 2000’s Gayl and Rick decided to part ways.
In 2005 Gayl met her partner Bruce Curry and started a life with him. They both liked travel and jazz music. She and Bruce would go to concerts in the park and at local wineries. Gayl recently recalled that wherever they went, she and Bruce were like the King and Queen of the ball. Their likeable and engaging personalities were fun to be around.
In her spare time, Gayl loved decorating, cooking interesting treats, reading, and cross-stitch. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Gayl and her sister made a commitment to see each other annually, despite living on opposite sides of the continent and in different countries. They kept that pact for over 20 years. When visiting the west coast, Gayl was sure to include stays with dear friends Marilyn, Barbara, and extended family. In between visits where almost daily phone calls filled with confidences, laughter, and unlimited love.
Gayl was the kind of person that put everyone else first. She loved to help. She would send cards, letters, and visit friends, family, and people in nursing homes just to brighten their day and let them know that she was thinking of them. Every day with Gayl was brighter.
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