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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 am
prior at the church


Tuesday, March 13, 2018
11:00 am
Lutheran Church of Hope
925 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa


Cremation following service


Hamilton's on Westown Parkway
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
(515) 224-0078

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Gayle L. Peters

Grimes, formerly of Bettendorf

Gayle L Peters, 74, passed away in Tucson, AZ on March 7, 2018. She was born May 6, 1943 in Flint, MI to Russell W & Velda N (Passino) Decker.

Gayle was known for her generous and loving personality. Gayle had a very strong faith and her church community, bible study, and daily devotionals were very important to her. She loved her family deeply and spent much of her life traveling to see family and friends scattered across the country and in Europe. Other favorite pastimes included reading, shopping, scrapbooking, traveling, and her collections of teddy bears, beanie babies, and thimbles.

Gayle was a counselor at Scott Community College for over 25 years, where she held a number of leadership positions in her professional organizations. She retired in 2001.

Gayle is survived by her husband, Larry Peters; their children, Kim (Tom) Coleman of Des Moines, IA, Steve (Greta) Hise of Tucson, AZ, Allan (Jeannette) Hise of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, Brian Peters of Bettendorf, IA, and Chris Peters of Loveland, CO; their grandchildren, Gretchen, Charlie, Sam and Grace Coleman, and Savanna Hise; and many other loving family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Dennis Decker and her beloved aunt Vera Kilmer.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, March 13th at 11:00 AM at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, with a visitation from 10:00 – 11:00 AM prior.

Per Gayle’s wishes she will be cremated following the service and private burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, the Lutheran Church of Hope, or Catalina Foothills Church 2150 East Orange Grove Road, Tucson, AZ 85718.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hamiltonsfuneralhome.com