Gayle Ann Kelly


Gayle Ann Kelly (Van Benschoten ) passed away in hospital , in Mesa Arizona, on April 30th 2022; surrounded by close family and friends Gayle was born in Ridgwood ,New Jersey on January 17th of 1960 to David & Dulcenie Van Benschoten . She was the middle sibling of three - who was called Golly as a child. Always quick to make others laugh, in her school age years she found she loved music-singing and performing in community events as well. She worked retail off an on through the years and worked alongside her parents as a courier for their trucking business in Los Angeles. Gayle loved crafts, miniatures, movies and music. She was a faithful friend; always remembering birthdays and events and often sharing gifts that were very thoughtful and personal in nature. Hand made gifts were her specialty and she had many talents and varieties of presents she would share. History was always a passion for Gayle, She spent many hours researching family genealogy and faithfully documented family births, events and passings Gayle leaves behind her spouse Todd Kelly of Mesa, brother Bill Van Benschoten and wife Monica of Los Angeles, and sister Lynda Wood and husband Brad of Plantersville TX, Sister in law Sheila Miller and husband Doug , Brother in law Eric Kelly and wife Janie. While Gayle is pre-deceased by her parents she does leave behind Mother in law Joyce Kelly, Father in law Chuck Kelly and wife Louise . Gayle had a large extended family, around the country , that included Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews as well All will miss her dearly It is Gayles wish to be cremated - there will be no service. For those who know Gayle, you know she loved animals. A donation, in her name, to Arizona Animal Rescue league (azanimalrescue.org) would be a wonderful gesture of remembrance.

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