October 8, 1934 – March 5, 2020
Gail Brown Kingsley of Irvine, California passed away on March 5, 2020 with loving family members at her side and others with her in spirit. Gail was born in Hollywood, California on October 8, 1934, to her loving parents, Lillian and Sewall Brown whom along with her sister Jane predeceased her. She attended John Muir High School and later attended USC where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. While at USC, she became an avid Trojan and sports fan for life, and she made many dear and lifelong friends in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. While at USC, she also met her best friend and husband and so began a love filled and enduring marriage of over 63 years. Over the years, Gail enjoyed keeping in contact with her many friends and especially enjoyed playing (and winning at) bridge and tennis. She also worked in real estate both while living for a time on the East Coast in Wilmington, Delaware and again after returning to the West Coast in Irvine, California. She loved the beauty of California and enjoyed spending time in the yard gardening and growing fruit, caring for and taking time to smell her gardenias and roses, or just sitting and watching the hummingbirds and butterflies. Gail's greatest love was for her family. She dearly loved and is survived by her husband Richard G. Kingsley and two children Wendy (Bill) Norman of Laguna Woods and Richard S. (Joan) Kingsley of Wilmington, DE. She adored and is survived by her five grandchildren Dustin (Jessica) Norman, Taylor (Alex) Muri, Christen (Stephen) Kiser, Charles Kingsley, and Victoria Kingsley and four great-grandchildren Landon, Oliver, Cooper, and Bennett. Over the years, she also loved and spoiled many fur babies. She was playful, an imp at times, and she preached her ideas about health, well-being, and love. In fact, she survived with strength and courage the diagnosis and challenges of leukemia (CLL) for more than 40 years. Gail had a way of making us all feel loved and special and important. She will be dearly missed, but her spirit will remain forever in our hearts. A celebration of Gail's life will take place at some point in the future.