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Sylvia Gayle Haley

March 8, 1942 - December 12, 2019

Sylvia Gayle Hettinger Haley (Gayle Haley)

Gayle started her journey March 08th, 1942 as the first daughter of Larry Carl Hettinger and Edith Carl Shain Hettinger.  Gayle graduated as a member of the first Graduating Class from Wagner High School, St. Mathews, Kentucky.  Gayle attended Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky where Gayle was installed into the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority.  Gayle met her future Husband, Raymond R. Haley, Jr. from Hilo Hawaii while both were attending Kentucky Wesleyan College.  Gayle worked summers at the old Fischer Packing Company in the Data Processing Department where Gayle’s Father Larry Carl Hettinger was VP Sales.  Raymond and Gayle married September 28th, 1962.  Gayle started working full time at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Company in the Data Processing Department were she worked for a couple years before Gayle had the opportunity to be employed by the old Louisville and Nashville Rail Road in the Data Processing Department Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.  Gayle moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, while Raymond was on Active Duty in the United States Air Force.  When the Louisville and Nashville Rail Road merged with CSX Rail Road and moved the combined Headquarters to Jacksonville, Florida, Gayle resigned then entered the Real Estate profession working at the old Parks and Weisberg Real Estate firm from their Corporate Office in Louisville, Kentucky.  Prudential Insurance opened a large Service Bureau Office (SHPS) in Louisville, and Gayle was hired as their third Employee. Gayle remained employed at that location until Gayle retired in 2005 when Raymond was asked by his employer to move to Newport News, Virginia.  At the time of Gayle’s passing December 12th, 2019 Gayle was a member of the Woman’s Club of Newport News where Gayle was previously on the Board of Directors for ten years holding various executive level offices, including 2nd Vice President and two terms as Corresponding Secretary.  Gayle is still a member (since 1986) of The Fillies who are associated with the Kentucky Derby Festival. Gayle was on the Fillies Board for several years, including Chair of the Fillies Float and Chair of the publication of The Fillies Official Kentucky Derby Festival Program.  Gayle is currently a member of the Kentucky Real Estate Association where her Kentucky Real Estate License is currently in Escrow.  Gayle was a past three-term President of the old Younger Woman’s Club of Saint Mathews, Kentucky. Gayle was a past member of the Woman’s Club of Louisville. Gayle and Raymond enjoyed traveling including Paris, France, several trips to Hawaii where Raymond was born, several trips to the Naples and Fort Myers areas of Florida, and several holiday season trips to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  Gayle is survived by her loving Husband, Raymond; her Sister Carl Ann Wylie (Don) of Palm Desert, California; Cousins:  Elsanna Fisel, Jodi Sherman, Susan Smith (Raymond) of Louisville, Kentucky; Sister-in-law Robin Haley and Brother-in-law Kevin Haley of Honolulu, Hawaii; godson Jim Lyddan (Pat) of Indianapolis, Indiana; goddaughter Lindsey Lyddan Baldwin (Bill) of Chicago Illinois; numerous dear Friends in Louisville , Kentucky including their entire Wine Tasting Dinner Group along with Ron and Billie Tharp;  numerous dear friends in Newport News, Virginia including their entire Friday Night Dinner Group along with Sally Sullivan and everyone on the 12th Floor of their Condominium Building; Bill Durham (Karen) of North Carolina; and dear Chihuahua little Sylvia.

A Celebration of Life in Newport News, Virginia and a Memorial Service in Louisville, Kentucky will each be held at a later date.

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