Oct. 24, 1937 - Dec. 9, 2017
A service of celebration of life will be held for Gayle Sandine Hargrove, 80, at noon, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at the Keizer Church of Christ, 5405 Ridge Drive Northeast, in Keizer, Oregon. She passed away in Salem Dec. 9, 2017. Gayle was born to Leslie B. and Elvira L. (Johnson) Sandine Oct. 24, 1937 in Marshfield (Coos Bay). She was born blind.
Gayle attended the Oregon School for the Blind, in Salem, from age 5 through the 9th grade. She graduated in 1955 from North Bend High School in North Bend, and was active in choir and debate.
Gayle grew up sharing in everyday childhood life and adventures with her two older sisters, Jean and Leslyn. She was always very musical and was especially gifted with a beautiful voice. Gayle played the piano and autoharp. Her avocation was to share her talents; she performed in libraries, schools, churches, nursing homes, and special occasions. She wrote poetry and composed music for children, choirs, and for her husband. Gayle loved opera music and listened weekly her entire life. She was a consummate baseball fan, particularly of the Dodgers. She enjoyed a collection of bells. Gayle was very bright, an independent thinker and all did enjoy her sense of humor.
Three golden retriever guide dogs, from the Guide Dogs for the Blind (Rafael, Calif.), worked with Gayle and were part of her family, Luster, Nifty, and Penny, plus Charlie, a pet dog.
Gayle graduated from Willamette University in Salem, with a bachelor's degree; she spoke French and Latin. She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. She obtained her master’s degree in speech from the University of Oregon, in Eugene.
In December, 1976, Gayle married Harold “Hal” Hargrove and they shared 41 years together. They lived in Oregon, California, Idaho and Washington. Both were involved in their church and Christian ministries.
Surviving family include her husband, Harold “Hal” E Hargrove of Salem; two sisters, Jean S. Monsebroten and Leslyn S. Danielson both of North Bend; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins; also a brother-in-law, Russel; and a sister-in-law, Dolores, and families.
The family suggests memorials can be dedicated to the ministry of their choice.
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