age 90, died at the home of her daughter Lainy Deitrick in Provo, Utah, within a minute after her son Rob Metcalf and his children arrived from Logan to see her for the last time. Gail had not opened her eyes for four days but opened them widely when she heard Rob’s voice. Gail lived with her daughter and son-in-law for almost seven years since her loving husband Robert Lamar Metcalf died on March 13, 2012. She had been on hospice care for 2½ weeks, with minimal discomfort, at the time of her passing.
Gail was born on March 5, 1928 in Lakewood, Ohio to William Allen Hughes and Gladys Lavern Garner. She grew up as an only child, since her older brother lived only twelve hours. Her father disappeared when Gail was about five years old, which forced her mother to work several jobs, so she was basically raised by her grandmother Jennie Mae Weldon.
Gail and Bob were married in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 1, 1944. They are the parents of three children: Gladys Elaine (Lainy) born in Ohio plus Jennifer Lee and Robert Alan both born in California. Gail is survived by 17 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Gail and Bob’s lives centered around their family, the Church and music. It was music that brought them together, they both sang with the Southern California Mormon Quoir for many years, Gail led music at church, and they both sang duets together at church. Gail also got much joy from performing and directing shows (mostly musicals) for the Church and in the community.
Gail served in many callings in the Church but seemed most happy when serving missions with Bob. They served five missions, almost consecutively, from February 1987 through April 1997. They served three years at the Provo MTC then left immediately for a mission to the Nauvoo Visitors’ Center, where after six months they transferred to Tucson, Arizona. After a six-month vacation they were called to a mission in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico for a year. After another six-month break they went back to the Provo MTC for 3½ years.
Gail has rejoined Bob and they both expressed (at the time of their respective deaths) a desire to be in the Lord’s missionary forces in the spirit world.
The family thanks CNS Hospice for its compassionate support. Friends are invited to join the family in a celebration of Gail’s life in Provo either on Friday, January 25 from 6-8 pm with a viewing at Nelson Family Mortuary located at 4780 N. University Avenue; or on Saturday, January 26 at the Edgemont 9th Ward building, located at 4300 N. Canyon Road, where a viewing will be held from noon to 12:45 pm with funeral services following at 1 pm.
Interment at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery located at 1997 S. 400 E., Springville, about 2:45 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Gail’s favorite charities: the LDS Humanitarian Fund, or Operation Underground Railroad at my.ourrescue.org.