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Gayle Lee Reed May 23, 1946 - June 23, 2013 Gayle Lee Reed passed away peacefully in her home on June 23, 2013 surrounded by those she loved. A life-long resident of the South Bay, Gayle Lee Wilt was born in Hermosa Beach on May 23, 1946. Gayle graduated from Mira Costa High School in 1964. She and her friends spent countless hours cruising Hermosa Avenue listening to the Beach Boys. Gayle worked for Pacific Telephone and its various other names for 37 years, starting as a night-shift operator and moving up to line assigner. She was fortunate to be able to retire at age 56 and spend her last years enjoying her family (especially her grand-daughters!), friends and neighbors. Gayle also spent her last few years volunteering at Torrance Memorial Hospital. Gayle loved to crochet. As part of her volunteer duties she crocheted baby blankets for the newborns at Torrance Memorial. A little piece of her lives on in those blankets given to people she didn't know. Gayle is survived by her father Victor Kelly of Redondo Beach, daughter Gina (Frank) DeRosa of Hermosa Beach, stepdaughters Kim (Duane) Coleman of Queen Creek, AZ and Kris Reed of Chino Valley, AZ, grandchildren Ashleigh and Alison DeRosa, Amanda (Paul) Hermance, Larry and Jack Hermance and Grayson Coleman, and great-granddaughter Ivy Hermance. Gayle is also survived by her brother Jim Schumacher. Gayle was predeceased by her mother Pearl Bernice Kelly, her father Walter Wilt and her siblings Art and Jean Schumacher. Gayle's family asks that any donations in her name be made to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research - www.pancreatic.org.

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  1. Our thoughts are with all of you during this time of loss. Much love from Wayne, Rhonda, Greg, Lisa, Chris, Carol, Rich, Suzanne, Ryan, Terri, Jim, Ruth, Steve, Denise, Joey and Jackie

  2. Gayle,
    You are a very special I’m my life and I’m going to miss you. God be with you and bless your family. I know they love and will miss you very much. May they find comfort in knowing that you are in a better place now. You will live in our hearts forever.

  3. Roger and I will miss your beautiful presence, It was always a pleasure to have you around. Thank you for being so kind with all your neighbors and friends; and for me …thank you for making may family and I feel welcome. I will never forget how nice you were with my mom even when you guys couldn’t talk much.
    …I will think about you every time a see a rose garden as you always had beautiful roses around your house all year long, I know I will miss that too.
    You are resting in peace now, and some day I hope we meet again.

  4. Gayle, I have logged on to write something at least 10 times and words fail me. It still feels so surreal. Don’t worry about Gina. We love her and will help her through the tough road ahead. You were strong and I will always respect you for keeping your chin up and giving it your best. Team Gayle will be running in the 2014 LA Marathon. I love you….Rosh

  5. Gayle, you have left us way too soon. I watched the slide show and can’t stop crying. You are going to be missed so much my friend. You were such a special person. I love you. Fritzie

  6. Gayle, I have known you since we were 4 and we have been friends all these years. School together, first dates, first roommates, there when you found out you were with child and you had Gina, and all the funny questions Gina would ask when we were around the dinner table making everyone hide their faces but laughing at the same time. I only wish we hadn’t lived so far away from each other as we got older….Much love my friend of 63 years….I’ll always be wth you.. …Sheree

  7. Gayle – You had a great influence on me and were always there for Kris and I. I always thought of you as my “Mom” and Gina as my Sister. Your passing has brought us so much closer and I am very grateful for that. I am so glad that you were in my life and that I got to spend so much time with you before you left us. You were very loved. You will live on forever in my heart. Your (step) Daughter Kim

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