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Obituary - Baldinger, Louise Gayle

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  • Title Obituary - Baldinger, Louise Gayle 
    Short Title Obituary - Baldinger, Louise Gayle 
    Repository Bob Mueller 
    Source ID S358
    Text Gayle Baldinger Cahal, 87, was born on August 2,1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She died on December 21, 2012 in Jasper, Texas. She was the daughter of Florence Smith and Edward Bleike Baldinger. Gayle grew up in New Orleans with her siblings, Edward Jr., Beatrice "Boo" and George. She graduated form Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University with a BA in Music.

    Gayle married Robert Ross Cahal, Jr. on September 12, 1947, and they began a wonderful and adventurous life together. In 1954, Gayle and Ross moved to Great neck, New York, where they raised their three children: Linda, Bob and George. Some of her foundest memories were of the family's summer vacations on Cape Cod. She served as director of the Great Neck/Manhasset Head Start Program in the late 60s and early 70s. Gayle never outgrew her love of learning and where Ross's career took them to Washington, DC, she served as a docent at the Smithsonian Institute before joining the administrative staff.

    Gayle and Ross retired to Jasper in 1983 and became involved in the community. She was a past member of the Women's Civic Club, served as a H.O.S.T. volunteer and mentor and tutor in the J.I.S.D., served as a docent of the Beaty-Orton House, and was a member of the Pine Needles Quilters.

    Wherever they lived, Gayle and Ross were faithful and active members of the United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Young at Heart Sunday School Class and the United Methodist Women, participated in Bible studies and didn't miss a Wednesday night game of Mexican Train until her health prevented it.

    Gayle was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of fifty-two years, Ross Jr., a son George, her sister Boo and her brother George. She is survived by her daughter Linda Cahal McTernan of Jasper; her son Robert Ross "Bob" Cahal III and his wife Diane of Dunnellon, Florida; her grandaughters, Jennifer of new York and Zoe of Dunellon; her brother Edward B. Baldinger, Jr. of Metairie, Lousiana; her sister-in-law Edie Cahal of Nederland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 127, Jasper, Texas 75951; Jasper SHARE, PO Box 1304, Jasper, Texas 75951; Lake Area Hospice, 254 Ethel Street, Jasper, Texas 75951 or the charity of your choice. 
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