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Joan Marie (Reynolds) Gale

November 17, 1940 ~ April 15, 2020 (age 79)


Our loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend Joan Marie Reynolds Gale passed away April 14th, 2020 in Lindon, Utah surrounded by loved ones. We will miss her dearly, but we celebrate her life and our knowledge that she is now reunited with her eternal companion and enjoying the peace, love, and joy that she so richly deserves.

In her early years, Joan was a beautiful and talented young lady, but a bit shy – actually, she was always a bit shy. As a result, she preferred reading, learning, and getting good grades over socializing.  In spite of her comfort with those activities, she was always attentive to those who needed a friend or help of any kind.  Joan cared deeply for others and continued throughout her life to go out of her way to ensure everyone felt included and loved.  She would often say, “I just want to be kind”, those who know her can’t begin to imagine anyone more kind, gentle, and loving than Joan.

Joan dedicated hours at a time to perfecting her skills on the piano and eventually the accordion.  She was so good, that she was always the preferred piano accompanist at church, home, and school for anyone who performed musically.

Joan married her high school sweetheart, Nord Gale, in the Los Angeles, California Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1960 and spent the next 57 years building a life of love and amazing generosity to all fortunate enough to come across their path.  Joan and Nord lived the majority of those years in Rolla, Missouri where they raised their three children Dawna, Sheri, and Steve and made and maintained so many cherished lifelong friendships. 

Joan loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  Showing love was effortless and endless for her, she showered her family constantly with gifts, lovingly crocheted “TLCs”, and words of love and affection.  Her constant acknowledgement of, and love for, her Heavenly Father and Savior were a constant anchor in her life and provided hope and light in difficult times. Joan’s love of the Plan of Happiness was evidenced in her efforts to stay positive no matter what challenges she faced.  She found great peace and real excitement many times each day as she reminded us often that “Families are Forever”, followed by her signature smile and warm hug.

As her family, we find peace, hope, and happiness at the thought of the great reunion she is having now with her sweetheart, her parents, 2 of her 3 brothers, and her grandson who preceded her in death and anxiously awaited her return home.  Joan Marie Reynolds Gale was indeed an amazing and beautiful woman and disciple of the Savior. Many who have met Joan throughout her life tell us that they have never met anyone who is more kind and THANKFUL than Joan Gale.  Even though we miss her deeply, we know that her example and gifts of compassion, kindness, and warmth will flow through the thankful generations that follow her.

Our family would like to thank the incredible staff and residents of Spring Gardens Assisted Living in Lindon for their warm welcome, compassionate service, and love that they showed in word and action during Mom’s last year with us.  We are so grateful for the great people who made Lindon home for mom and cared for her emotionally and physically. 

Due to Covid-19 private family services will be held under the direction of Olpin Family Mortuary, Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

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