MARS HILL – Gayle Margaret (Downing) Grass, 80, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Saturday evening, Feb. 16, 2013, at a Mars Hill nursing facility. She was born May 15, 1932, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of Herbert and Mildred (Houk) Downing.
She leaves behind her loving and devoted husband of 57 years, Kendall G. Grass, with whom she raised three sons and one daughter, Warren Grass and his wife, Donna, of Mars Hill, Fonda McKnight and her husband, John, of Fall River, Mass., Darren Grass and his wife, Wendy, of Blaine, Sheldon Grass and his wife, Linda, of Chester, N.H. Gayle loved sharing special moments with her 11 grandchildren, and is also survived by three brothers and one sister. Gayle will be remembered as a devoted and caring sister, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher of 32 years, and friend.
Gayle and Kendall attended East Ridge Union Church in Mars Hill for 55 years. Gayle also enjoyed working on the family farm.
Friends may call noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at East Ridge Union Church, East Ridge Road, Mars Hill. After calling hours, Pastor Lawrence Beals will conduct a service in celebration of Gayle’s life. Spring interment will take place at Pierce Cemetery, Mars Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to East Ridge Union Church, P.O. Box 45, Mars Hill, ME 04758. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield.