Gayle Anderson Benoit


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Derry, New Hampshire - Gayle Anderson Benoit, 59, of Derry, New Hampshire, went peacefully home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 12, 2019, after a battle with Parkinson's disease.
She was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on October 26, 1959, the first of three daughters, to David and Naomi (Schultz) Anderson. She grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, and lived her adult life in Salem and Derry, New Hampshire.
She graduated from Andover High School, class of 1978, and Castle Junior College in Windham, New Hampshire, class of 1980.
Gayle married Greg Benoit in Andover, Massachusetts, on April 17, 1982. She worked as a secretary at Western Electric until the birth of her son, David, after which she stayed home with her family.
Gayle's hobbies included playing the piano and painting. She took art lessons for years. She was a faithful; lifelong Christian and attended church locally. She was wonderful at interacting with the elderly and enjoyed ministering to them. Gayle loved spending time with close friends and extended family. She loved the scenery of New England, and one of her pleasures was taking rides to the beach or the lakes. She adored her pets especially her dog, Odin, and her kitties, Dobbins, Mimi, and Ace.
Gayle was predeceased by her father, David Anderson III. She is survived by her husband of nearly 37 years, Greg; her son, David; her mother, Naomi Anderson of Andover; her sister, Carol Chadwick, and her husband, William, of Gorham, Maine; her sister, Judy Salibe, and her husband, Paul, of Tewksbury; her brother-in-law, Jeff Benoit of Lombard, Illinois; a niece and several nephews.

Family and friends may call on Tuesday, April 16, from 4 to 8
p.m. at Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence Street, in Andover. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, which would have been Gayle and Greg's 37th wedding anniversary, at Conte Funeral Home in Andover at 11 a.m. The burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research,, or Donation Processing, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.
Published on April 14, 2019
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Kate Guillemette
Apr 17, 2019
To my Gaylee girl ❤️

It is quite incredible, how beautiful life becomes, when you chose to let love in.
I am a caregiver, therefore, I love. Unconditionally. Always. No matter what.

What I was never prepared for, however, was the return of that love, from Gayle. How quickly the two of us went from pt and caregiver to being inseparable from each other.
I would remind her every single morning, how strong she was. I would remind her, of how, despite everything that she faced, she still chose to put her ponds face cream on, put her blush and eye shadow on, fix her hair, pick out a matching head band and finish the look with the perfect shade of lipstick to match the entire outfit. She
...chose to get up and take on the world every single morning, despite her pain and ailments, and that alone was deeply moving to me. Gayle taught me, that no matter what, there is always a way. You just have to some times, get out of your own way. And also ponds face cream is the only face cream you should ever use on your face, it’s simply the best.
I have countless memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life of her. The laughter we had together, I swear sometimes it would echo down the hallway. Our silly senses of humor were identical. I got her a stuffed pink flamingo for Christmas, and she named it tisha. Before I knew it she had a collection of pink flamingos in her room, tisha being the size of a regular stuffed animal, and the other one, that she named Alfonzo, the size and height of an actual person. Those things made us laugh, a lot. She loved smart food popcorn and I could always tell when she had indulged in it the night before, when I would start my morning to find her with popcorn on the floor and on her blankets. It always made us laugh so hard. She would say, covered in popcorn, “what makes you think I had popcorn, Kate? Me? Never!” We would have tea together (blueberry muffin tea) and would eat Reese’s peanut butter cups in the afternoon. If Gayle shared her chocolate with you, that meant she loves you. She would ask me “how’s my Kate today?” And I never gave her a dishonest Answer. If I was tired, I would tell her. If I was sad, confused, or happy I would tell her. She never once judged me. I would ask her the same question, “how’s my Gayle today?” She never held back on sharing her heart with me. She knew that I would never judge her. She knew I meant it when I told her I would always be there for her, whether it be a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen or a hand to hold, I would never tell her no. We would sing “you are my sunshine” together. That was our favorite song. Quite often she would come and find me in the hallway, and not say a single word, but just, sit next to me and hold my hand. I don’t know if she knew how much those moments meant to me. There are not enough words, to explain the magnitude of how deeply she touched my heart. I know she is not in pain anymore. I know she can walk and speak and dance where she is now. She Certainly took a piece of my heart with her when she left. However, I will never ask for that piece of my heart back, because the love that she showed me and the love she taught me I was capable of giving, has humbled me. I needed her just as much as she needed me.
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Lorraine Butler
Apr 15, 2019
I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about your wife passing she is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays always remember the good times you had with her
Julieann Pagliarulo
Apr 15, 2019
I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you Greg, David, Naomi and all of your family. Gayle was a sweet, loving and caring friend who loved the Lord so much. She was clearly a devoted Christian and knowing her love for God warmed my heart. She had a tremendous love for you Greg and she adored you. Watching you two together made me smile. Gayle was a fun, smart and talented person and she inspired me.

I will forever love you and miss you Gayle but I know that you are completely healed now and in perfect peace. May God grant peace to your entire family as well at this time. Till we meet again, your sister in the Lord, Julie
Mary Salibe
Apr 14, 2019
Rest in Peace Gayle. I will be praying for you and your family. Your dad will be with you.