Dayle Jorgensen

Dayle Jorgensen

Dayle A. Jorgensen (McClure, Gamble)

Age 87

If we were to put her essence into a box of words, they would describe this unique and loving person as: witty, spunky, frank, hardworking, supportive and generous. She loved to engage and talk with people, listen to their stories and ask inquisitive questions. She was fiercely loyal to, and loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She received much joy from them, and they received much joy from her.

Dayle was born in Chelan, Wash. to Rufus and Floss (Lane) McClure on November 16, 1926 and was raised in Mansfield, Wash. She passed away January 1, 2014 in Spokane, Wash.

In June of 1947, Dayle married Robert Gamble. That marriage gave them two children, Joseph Lynn and Deborah. They raised their children in Brewster, Wash. and Bridgeport, Wash. For many years, Dayle worked at Security Bank of Washington in Bridgeport. She married Perry Jorgensen in 1974. During their marriage, they lived throughout the Northwest traveling with Perry’s job, making wonderful friends and memories along the way. Upon Perry’s retirement, they made their home on Orcas Island. While on Orcas, she helped manage their business, Skoal Electric, as well as taking small jobs at gift stores in town. These jobs gave Dayle a great opportunity to visit and talk to the tourists of the island and hear their stories. She also loved to garden and tend to her flowers, as well as host the many friends and family who would come to visit them on the island. They made Orcas Island their home until Perry’s death in 2002. She then moved to Spokane to be closer to her family.

She is survived by her children, Joe Gamble (Sandra), and Deborah Austin (Dick); along with her grandchildren Amy Tycksen (Mike), Darby Van Gordon (Shawn), Jessica Boche (Josh), Joe Austin, Ken Austin, Margaux Gamble and six great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Ellis ‘Mac’ McClure and Winton McClure.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to FARA (Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance), 533 W Uwchlan Ave, Downingtown, PA, 19335 or any charity of your choice. We are extremely grateful to the staff at Classy Retreat Adult Family Home especially Ashley, Desirae, and Michelle for their loving care as well as Beba at Harvard Park Retirement Community.

On the inside cover of Dayle’s journal was this quote: “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. Sadly missed but never forgotten.”

We will indeed miss her, and never forget her. TTFN.