Gayle E. Mahaney McCrea

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Gayle E. Mahaney McCrea

May 07, 1937 - January 31, 2019

Huntington Beach, Calif. and Fort Fairfield - Gayle E. McCrea (Mahaney), 81 years of age, passed on to her heavenly home Thursday, January 31, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer.
Gayle passed away at her home on Gallant Drive with her whole family by her side.
Gayle was predeceased by her parents and her brother Larry Mahaney. Surviving is her precious husband, Phil. Also surviving is her brother, Keith and his wife, Karlene Mahaney of Bangor, ME.
Phil and Gayle were married 64 years and raised three children. Stephanie/Taffy and her husband Glenn Clarke, Phil Jr. McCrea and his wife Ceci and Lisa McCrea. Phil and Gayle were blessed with 8 grandchildren, Zach Clarke and his wife, Tanya, Chelsea, Cole, Luke and Austin McCrea, Denni-Rose and Wyatt McKinnie, and Destiny Rodriquez. Two great-granddaughters, Samlya and Zai-Lyn.
Gayle and Phil retired in 1989 and traveled far and wide, from Maine to California and everywhere in between with their motor home. They enjoyed their camping trips with their Elks friends, went on several cruises and traveled overseas. Throughout the years they entertained their friends and family; always up for another party. Their home was everyone's home; their door was always open. There was always room at the table for all who entered. They fed the multitudes over the years. Gayle and Phil made many friends through their life's journey and cherished them all. Gayle had a passion for giving of herself; her hand always reaching out to console a troubled heart or to laugh out loud at a joke that she heard for the fortieth time. Can you hear her laughter now? I can.
From the time that Gayle was a Fort Fairfield Tiger cheerleader to her passing away, she was always active. Gayle played piano, was a majorette in the parades and was a life guard at the town pool. Gayle loved to tap dance and was still dancing with her tap shoes just a year ago. Now, our precious Gayle is tap dancing in heaven and entertaining everyone that went on before her. Gayle shaped the spirituality of those around her by her tireless Christian example; which is LOVE!
Gayle lived a full and blessed life with her husband Phil. They were soul mates right from the start. They lived a rich and abundant life together because they understood what mattered most in life; family, friends, and giving of themselves. Gayle's wit and charm will be missed by all. And that laughter - oh, we're going to miss that laughter.
Years of memories will be etched in our hearts forever, of our angel who has a new mission in heaven. We will hold dear the memories of her life, her laughter, and her LOVE!
Our message to Mum - "Missing you, BIG! Loving you, ALWAYS. Blessed beyond measure to have known your soul!"
There will be a Celebration of Gayle's Life on March 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Huntington Beach Elk's Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society.
Published on February 27, 2019
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7 posts

Glenn & Bernie
Mar 07, 2019
Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ernie Hughes
Mar 07, 2019
Phil,
The news of Gayle's passing was a very sad occasion. Having been subjected to the same situation a few years back, I can relate directly to your sense of loss. Having had Gayle and you as our friends at the UofM has always been a source of wonderful memories. Whether it was a get together at your apartment, or a party at Phi Eta, or a Friday night at Pat's, Gayle with her infectious smile and electric personality always made it a joyful event for both Nancy and me.
My sincere condolences and may God bless you and your family. Ernie Hughes
Devona Downing
Mar 05, 2019
Gayle was very special I went to school with Gayle and Keith love to all the family
Carolyn Kimball McNamara
Mar 01, 2019
Gayle was one of a kind....none like her. God threw away the mold when he made her. She was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her. She was a year ahead of me in FFHS. I remember the entire family well.

My condolances to the Family for their loss.

REST IN PEACE MY DEAR FRIEND...
Vern Smith
Mar 01, 2019
Sincere condolences to the families especially Keith and Charlene Take care coach!
Burtt and Brenda(Bunnell) Brown
Feb 27, 2019
Burtt and I were so sorry to hear about Gayle. I went to school with Gayle and her brother Keith.She was a wonderful,friendly person. Burtt was a fraternity brother in Phi Eta at U.of Maine Orono with her brothers Larry and Keith. The Mahaney family was well thought of everywhere. Our deepest sympathy to her family. Burtt and Brenda
F. Louis
Feb 27, 2019
I’m very sorry for the loss of your love one. May you find comfort in this time of great need. The best source of strength and love that I found whenever I'm dealing with the greatest “enemy, death” is God. He guarantees us that our dead love ones “will live.... and rise up”. May you also find comfort in these words. - 1 Corinthians 15:26; Isaiah 26:19. JW.org