Gayle Joanne Christensen Glass
March 30, 1943 — August 31, 2023
Gayle was born in Oak Harbor March 30, 1943, to Ruth and Johannes Christensen and died Aug. 31 at the age of 80.
Gayle was raised on the family farm east of Oak Harbor where she learned a strong work ethic early in life. She attended Oak Harbor schools until her high school graduation in 1961. Her parents and other Danish relatives were founding charter members of the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church. Gayle worked many part-time jobs during her school years, but always maintained good grades and participated in many extracurricular activities, developing her leadership skills.
After high school graduation, she relocated to Seattle to work and attend business school. She met her future husband, Charles W. Glass, at Dun and Bradstreet, where they were both employed. After their marriage, she began employment at Pemco Financial Services, where she progressed upwards through management to vice president of human resources. Gayle retired from Pemco after 37 years of dedicated service. She was active in numerous business and service organizations. She consistently worked through the chairs of these organizations, to board and officer positions, during her career in Seattle. After her retirement from Pemco, she remained on two of their boards of directors. Her most cherished position was on the Pemco Foundation Board, which awards education scholarships to needy and less fortunate students.
Gayle traveled extensively, meeting her goal of experiencing all the Seven Wonders of the World. She never met a stranger that didn’t become a friend and she learned something new from everyone she met along life’s path. Her love of cats and flowers, in that order, was paramount in her life. She actively supported many animal charities and adopted a physically challenged cat among the many that “owned her” over her lifetime. She returned to her Whidbey Island roots and family after her retirement, and became active in several areas: her homeowners association and garden and genealogy clubs. Her “bucket” list got smaller in later years, as her health diminished. She never wanted to live safe, she wanted to live full. She would want you to remember “age wrinkles the body, but quitting wrinkles the soul.” It was a good death because she had a good life.
She was predeceased by her parents, and her brother, Curtis Roger. She leaves two brothers, Arliss and Roger Christensen, their families, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her lifelong friend and “wasband,” Chuck Glass, and many dear friends. And, of course, her “buddy,” Jack Frost. Life may change us, but we start and end with family.
Funeral services will be held at the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, followed by graveside burial at the family plot at the Maple Leaf Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Wallin-Stucky Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to your favorite animal charity in Gayle’s memory.