Obituary for Gayle Shrull
Teresa Gayle Shrull, 56, of Fort Collins, passed away peacefully on May 6,2017 with her family by her side. She was born September 24,1960 in Washington to John and Mary Hickey. She was the youngest of three children. He father was in the military and the family lived in Washington, Taiwan, Canada, Mississippi, the Philippines, and settled down in Colorado Springs when she was in high school.
On August 16,1987 she married the love of her life, Calvin Shrull, who also took on the role as a father to her three year old daughter, Brittany. The couple moved to Pueblo while Calvin finished his teaching degree. Gayle worked very hard in a local nursing home, and was very loved by the residents she cared for. She had an amazing passion for caring for others. In 1988 they welcomed a baby girl, Chelsea and shortly thereafter moved to Fort Collins when Calvin was offered a job as an elementary school teacher. Gayle and Calvin had another daughter, Morgan, two years later. Gayle was a wonderful stay at home mother, and also did child care for other families in her home and loved them like they were her own. Once her girls were older she went back to school to become a Medical Assistant, she cared for her children, daycare children, and family by day and studied hard by night! Once graduated she worked for two medical offices and finished out her career at Poudre Valley Hospital.
Gayle loved life, the outdoors, and being with her family. One of her favorite hobbies was fishing with her family. She was a wonderful, happy, loving, strong woman, and was loved my all who know her. Gayle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and battled this cancer until 2017, when it spread to other organs in her body. She was a fighter through and through, with numerous surgeries, three separate rounds of extensive chemo, and two rounds of radiation, she showed an incredible amount of courage. She was also a key piece in a clinical trial that is now approved by the FDA, extra tissue samples and blood work were taken for this trial, and the medication was very hard on her body. Being a part of this trial was very important to her, she wanted so badly to help other women with this terrible disease, even if it was grueling for her. Through all the battles her family and friends stood by her and helped her fight on, during these years she was blessed with seven grandchildren that brought her great joy and strength.
In the beginning of 2017 her doctors determined that there was no stopping this cancer and she entered into hospice care in her home with Calvin and the family who were blessed with beautiful memories together in until May 6, 2017 when she passed from this life to live pain and cancer-free in Heaven.
Gayle is survived by her husband Calvin; daughters Brittany, Chelsea, and Morgan; bother Patrick; and seven grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her mother, father, and sister, Sue.
A celebration of Gayle’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May,18, at Foundations Church in Loveland. There will be a reception to follow.
Donations in Gayle’s name can be made to St, Jude Children’s hospital.
Online condolences may be made at www.marksfuneralservice.com.