Gayle Farthing Andersen passed away peacefully on Oct. 26, 2022 in Klamath Falls, Ore. She was 96 years old. Gayle had previously lived in Winters for 52 years. In 1965, she and her husband of 47 years, Bud Andersen, built an adobe home in Golden Bear Estates. Both Gayle and Bud enjoyed volunteering for organizations in Winters and raising/marketing oranges from their orchard.
Gayle was born Aug. 2, 1926 to William Eugene Farthing and Mable Gayle Farthing. Her father was a pilot in the Army Corp which later became the Air Force. All of her childhood was as an “Army Brat” including living at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Gayle taught at Waggoner Elementary School for 25 years and continued volunteering in classrooms after her retirement in 1990. She volunteered for years at the Winters Friends of the Library and Fortnightly Club. For 10 years, Gayle volunteered at her church, Pioneer Presbyterian, and was named deacon. Gayle was honored to be named Winters Chamber’s “Senior Citizen of the Year” in 2012 and 2017.
Gayle is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bud Andersen, her brother Bill Farthing, and her daughter Sina Nunley. She is survived by her daughter Gayle Carlson and grandchildren Scott Carlson, Mark Carlson, Stephanie Wallace Rogers, Sina Wallace McCullough and numerous great-grandchildren. Gayle will be dearly missed by friends and family.
The family requests that memorials be made to Winters Fortnightly Club and Friends of the Library.