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Gail Metcalf

Gail Elaine Metcalf (Hughes)

Monday, March 5th, 1928 - Sunday, January 20th, 2019
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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.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 25th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 25th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    Address
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:45pm
    When
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:45pm
    Location
    Edgemont 9th Ward
    Address
    4300 N Canyon Road
    Provo, Utah 84604
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Edgemont 9th Ward
    Address
    4300 N Canyon Road
    Provo, Utah 84604
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  • Interment

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    When
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 2:30pm
    Location
    Springville City Cemetery
    Address
    1997 South 400 East
    Springville, Utah 84663
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Tabby Deitrick

Posted at 11:27am
Grammy was by far one of the most beautiful souls to ever bless my life. And she absolutely did, bless it! She was an amazing example of grace and genuine Christ-like love and compassion. An incomparable spiritual force to be reckoned with. Some of my last words to her just a couple days before her passing were, "I want to be just like you when I 'grow up'." Those are big footsteps to follow in, but just like dozens of others either born or loved into her posterity, I have a great roadmap.
While I would love to see that warm smile that filled the room, and hear that giggle of hers when she walks into a room or sits and visits with her loved ones, I refuse to grieve or feel sadness; Grammy is exactly where she wanted to be - with Grandpa and her Heavenly Father in Heaven. During a visit this summer, she very bluntly shared that she couldn't wait until her time came, and that all she wanted was to be with Grandpa again. She wouldn't want us mourning. I think she'd want us celebrating her life and reunion with her love. I hope she and grandpa are dancing their best jig today. ❤
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Dan

Posted at 02:52pm
To a life well lived and a beautiful soul. I will miss you Grandma Gail. With much love and deepest sympathy to those that survived her,
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