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GRATTO – Gayle (nee Abrams)

January 22, 1943 – March 7, 2011

Gayle Gratto (nee Abrams) passed away suddenly on Monday, March 7, 2011 at the age of 68 years.

She was the loving and cherished mother of daughter Megan (Mark) Beardwood of Canmore, AB and son Parker Gratto of Calgary and a proud and enthusiastic grandmother of Sage Morgan Beardwood of Canmore. Gayle is also survived by her mother Jean Abrams; sisters, Bev (Ed) Grice, Cheryl (Harry) Guittard and Donna Harris; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father Jerry Abrams; sister Dianne (Gary) Bell; brother Wade Abrams; and infant son Prentice.

Gayle was born in Kingston, ON where she attended school, worked for Chown’s, Vandervoorts Hardware Store and then went on to the Ontario Hospital as a Medical Secretary. She left the hospital in 1971 when she moved to Yarker, ON where she raised her children and became involved with community service such as the local school committee and the Governor Simcoe Day committee. In addition she was a reading volunteer and took courses at Queen’s University. Later in life Gayle decided that she wanted to fulfill a life-long dream of living in Victoria, BC so she pulled up stakes and left for the West Coast in 2001. While there, she continued volunteering for community events and donating to various charities. She also travelled extensively internationally, spending time in Portugal, Morocco, Spain (multiple visits), Mexico, Manhattan, San Diego, and Seattle. She also travelled a great deal within the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. In 2008, she decided she’d like to spend more time with her two children so she moved to Calgary, AB.

Gayle will be remembered as friendly, optimistic, unpretentious, perseverant and extremely loving and generous towards her children and grandchild. She will be greatly missed.

A goodbye was held for close family members on Friday, March 11, 2011. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Gayle Gratto, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Brent & Winnie Gratto :

    Megan, Parker and family. We were so shocked and saddened by the news of Gayle’s, your mom’s passing. Just got to be in contact with her again since the passing of your great uncle Earl in Jan, 2011. Such sad news. So happy to have had a few e-mails from Gayle and to be able to congratulate her on her beautiful (she had sent me pics) grandaughter. She was so proud. Our love and prayers to all of you, she will be missed and she was loved by so many. Love Winnie and Brent and Family. You are in our thoughts.

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  2. Margaret Rose :

    My deepest sympathies to all…
    Gayle my friend you will be deeply missed by me ..all our times we spent on road tours, laughing and talking for the last nearly 20 years. I am so happy to have spent time with you last year while you were here in Ontario which was a memorable time for me and for you. My internet has been out of commission while I was moving and I never got to answer your email but here I am. May you find Peace and all who are connected to you find Peace in the times and memories that you shared with them because you were a very special person and your obit said it all.

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  3. Gwyneth Thompson :

    Dear Megan and Parker,

    I was saddened to hear of your mother’s unexpected death. I worked briefly with Gayle at Northern Reflections in Victoria, and after we both left that job, we got together several times for coffee. We always planned to see more of each other, but Gayle got the travel bug again and moved away to be closer to you two. She was a lovely woman; I’m sorry I didn’t get to know her better. Please accept my condolences on your loss.


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  4. Dear Megan and Parker. Very surprised to hear about Gayle’s passing. We used to work together for Dr. E.G. Advincula. Last time I talked to Gayle was just before she left for B.C. We lost touch after that. She was a joy to work with and a fun lady to know. My prayers are with you both. Jane

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  5. Brenda Hartman :

    Megan and Parker: I am so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing, I remember you two kids when you were born in Yarker…My payers are with you both…

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  6. Leslie and Lynn Cronk :

    I was so sorry to read in the paper of Gayle’s passing. There are not many women on earth like her. She was a woman who never thought of herself but was a caregiver extraordinaire – honest, funloving and sincere..she was taken way, way too soon.
    Lynn and I both want you to know we are thinking of you both- Parker and Megan..
    In this day and age of computers, I would love to see pictures of Sage! And to know how Parker is both are wonderful testaments to your great mother and father..
    Leslie and Lynn

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  7. Nicole Willard - Westcott :

    Very sorry for your loss Megan and family. I heard from my mom as she gets the paper and I do not. My thoughts are with you and your family. This is not the way I wanted to reconnect with you, but when you have time down the road, feel free to drop me a line through email. I will be thinking of you….xoxo

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  8. Debbie Richmond :

    I have wonderful memmories of working with your mother on the Governor Simcoe day celebration in Yarker. We enjoyed many fun times. I am a Grandmother now to a 6 year old grandson, Kaiden and 19 month old grand-daughter, Sydney. I have been working on a ‘Green’ Cookbook, that should soon be coming out. Thinking of you and your Family. Your Friend Debbie.

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  9. Sorry for your loss during this difficult time. Seems like yesterday you kids were small and living in Yarker. My kids (Vicki & jenny Price) still remember your family too from years ago. Your mom made a difference in all of our small community events. My prayers go out to you.

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