Gayle Frances Swirczynski Eaves, loving wife and mother, passed away on Sunday April 12, 2020 in Miami Lakes, FL. She was 78 and died peacefully at home with her family by her side.
Gayle was born on December 5, 1941 in Oklahoma City, OK to Walter and Katherine Sloan Swirczynski. The family moved to Grove, OK in 1952 where they owned and operated Beacon Point Resort on Grand Lake. Gayle had a wonderful childhood there. She enjoyed swimming, fishing and water skiing with her friends and little brother, Wayne. She loved to tell the story of driving a boat across Honey Creek to her job as the first female lifeguard at the community pool. Gayle attended Grove High School. She was active in the 4-H Club. As a member of the Okies, a 4-H singing and dancing troupe, she attended the 1957 National 4-H Congress in Chicago, where they competed against Wayne Newton. She also played clarinet in the Ridgerunner band and was elected Band Queen in 1959.
After graduation, Gayle attended Benedictine Heights College in Oklahoma City. She then moved to Pensacola, Florida. In 1962, she met Chuck at the Naval Officer's Club and they were married in 1963. Their lives were full of fun adventures. They raised 3 daughters and lived in 5 different states. They enjoyed sailing, hiking, rafting in the Grand Canyon and traveling across the US, Europe and the Caribbean. Gayle loved spending time in Eleuthera, Bahamas. She would walk the beach looking for stranded starfish to put back in the water and could name every bird she saw.
Gayle enjoyed working for Quaker Oats Company in Jacksonville and for Miami Elevator in Miami. She had many hobbies including golf, tennis, playing bridge and windsurfing. She loved needlepoint and created many beautiful pieces that will be treasured by her family. Gayle was an avid reader and loved puzzles. She was seldom without her Kindle and a book of Sudoku puzzles.
Gayle took great pride in her family and all their accomplishments and was a devoted daughter-in-law to Helen Eaves. She rarely met a stranger, and would happily talk to anyone, especially if she had a story to tell of her loved ones.
She was a longtime member of Our Lady of The Lakes Catholic Church.
Gayle was preceded in death by her father, Walter, her mother, Katherine, and her brother, Wayne. She is survived and mourned by her husband Chuck, her three children, Mary and Quinn McKenna, Liz, and Susan, two grandchildren, Lila and Jessica, and her niece Christy.
She will be greatly missed. May God grant her eternal rest.
A celebration of Gayle’s life will be held when we can all be together.