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Gayle Lynn Peterson Steele

05/02/1948 - 05/06/2023
Service Date: 05/13/2023
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2700 E Guadalupe Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234
Visitation Date: 05/13/2023
Visitation Time: 9:00 AM
Visitation Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2700 E Guadalupe Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234
Interment: City of Mesa

Gayle Lynn Peterson Steele

Our beloved mother, grandmother, wife, aunt, and friend, Gayle Peterson Steele, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 6th, 2023.

She was born May 2,1948, to Brookie and Burke Peterson in Logan, Utah, and married her adoring husband, Bill Steele on April 12, 1968, in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. They created a wonderful life together which included 5 children, 19 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Gayle was the oldest of five girls (the “five lovelies”) and loved her parents and sisters dearly. She is preceded in death by her parents, Burke and Brookie Peterson, as well as two sisters, Sherrie Decker and Robin Pederson. She is survived by her sisters Jana Staples and Keri Nielsen.

Her life revolved around family. As her posterity grew, Gayle loved supporting her children and grandchildren in their achievements, both big and small. She was an enthusiastic cheerleader and found immense joy in watching them grow and develop their talents.

Gayle and Bill enjoyed traveling together and had the opportunity to visit many places around the world, including a tour through Jerusalem where she was able to deepen her life-long knowledge and testimony of Jesus Christ. She was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and faithfully served in many church callings throughout her life, including both ward and stake Relief Society President and a worker in the Mesa Arizona temple.

Gayle was a phenomenal writer with a deep appreciation for the arts and a keen creative eye. She had a natural gift for interior design and keeping up with the latest trends. In her later years, Gayle developed an interest in sewing and crafts. She was generous in extending these talents by making personalized quilts with her grandchildren. She leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love, service, and commitment to the gospel, and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Gayle is survived by her husband, Bill Steele, as well as her five children: Darren (Tara) Steele, Tiffani (Daren) Schnepf, Kami (Eric) Rich, Megan (Justin) Palmer and Logan Steele.

Saturday, May 13th services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 2700 E Guadalupe Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234. A viewing will begin at 9:00am followed by funeral services at 10:00am. You will be able to view the service following this link: http://tiny.cc/GayleSteele


Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.



  • Bette (Newton) Lang

    My heart is broken at the loss of my dear friend of 60+ years. Gayle, you were the touchstone of our Group of friends. We’ve now lost 3 of these special friends. I am comforted somewhat by the knowledge that you have been united with your parents, sisters, and loved ones. I picture you celebrating a life well lived with all of them. Your legacy of righteousness will live on. My prayers are with Bill and your family. Love, Fig

  • Kristin (Kristi Welling) Bowman

    Gayle and her awesome parents and sisters were my second family while growing up in Phoenix. I have such great memories of enjoying church activities and sorting out adolescence together with our group of six friends. Roadshows, sleep-overs, “TP”ing friends houses, and a host of other times laughing and being ridiculous together. Our dear Gayle– what a shining light you have been all of these years! My heart, though hurting so much, is warmed by memories of your crazy sense of humor, your deep faith, and your motherly wisdom as we grew up together. There is so many good things to remember about you and all of us together until we see each other once again. You are indeed one-of-a-kind! With love, Kristi

  • Karen Bruning

    On behalf of the Washington High School Class of ‘66, I pass on our condolences on the loss of our Classmate. Our thoughts are with Gayle’s loving family.

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