Gayle Breitenfeld

September 27, 1955April 9, 2018

Snow “Gayle” Breitenfeld, 62, of Hot Springs passed peacefully in her home on April 9, 2018. She was born on September 27, 1955 to Raymond W. and Mary Snow Lawson here in Hot Springs. Gayle graduated from Lakeside High School before attending the University of Arkansas and would go on to have a long career with Simmons Bank. Meeting her in Heaven are her parents and father-in-law, Kenneth E. Breitenfeld Sr. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Kenneth E. Breitenfeld; daughters, Kathryn Snow Leigh (Clay), Rachel Frances Thomas (Adam); sisters, Melissa Smith (Michael), Robin Foster (Michael); grandchildren, Jacob Leigh, Addison Leigh, Luke Leigh, Lilly Ann Thomas, Lawson Thomas; mother-in-law, Kay Breitenfeld; sister-in-law, Jennifer Breitenfeld and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.


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  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 14, 2018

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Jennifer Thomas

May 1, 2018

Gayle was one of the first people we met when we moved to Hot Springs. For the last 15 years, she has taken care of all of our business and personal accounts at Simmons and was such a joy to work with. She would ask about our kids every time we would come to the branch and she loved talking about her kids and grandkids. I really felt like she was more of a friend than my "banker." She made us feel like we were home. I was so sad to hear that she had taken ill and was hoping that she'd get to come back at least part time. I miss her happy smiling face at Simmons and around town. I am so very sorry for your loss. I just want her family to know what a treasure she was. She was such a great lady and was loved by many. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days and years to come.
Mike & Jennifer Thomas

Margaret Elliott

April 16, 2018

May God comfort each of You giving You Peace. God has taken a special Lady home. I have never met You, but I met Gayle though My Daughter. Gayle was such a caring person, helping coworkers though health, and tragedies times. Being there to help or
just talk, what ever was needed. God Bless.

Margaret Elliott

Nancy Duncan

April 15, 2018

I worked with Gayle at Arkansas Bank & Trust (Regions) and also at Alliance Bank (Simmons) for several years. She was a great lady with always a smile and with a kind heart. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Nancy Ellen Duncan

Pam Spurlin

April 14, 2018

I just want to express my sincere symathy to you all. Gayle and I worked together at the bank for many years, shared a lot of good memories. She was a dear friend to me at that time in my life.

Bill & Linda Lewallen

April 14, 2018

Our hearts are heavy with your loss of the very special Gayle. She has been a friend and a joy to do business with at Simmons. Our last conversation took place at Genesis, but she has been in our prayers always.
Ken, we continue our prayers for you and your family as you make your way through the coming days.

Bill and Linda Lewallen

Connie Kinsey

April 13, 2018

My sweet Gayle, you were such a sweet part of my life. I never saw you with anything but happiness or concern on that beautiful face of yours. I only wish that I could have came to see you but you knew that Jess was also sick. I know you'll see him in Heaven, be sure and give him a big hug for me. Until I see you again sweet girl, love you always, Connie

Kim Dorough

April 13, 2018

I am so terribly sorry to hear about my sweet friend! I worked with Gayle at Simmons for a few years. She told me we would always be “The Thursday Partners” as we usually worked together late on Thursdays. Gayle was truly a great inspiration. She was caring, loved her family so much. Before I left Simmons I knew the name of every one of her grand children. She always had such a cute story about them. She always made you feel like she was your friend! I really love her so much. God bless and comfort you all.

Susanne Farrar

April 12, 2018

Gayle was my banker for the last ten years. She was a delight to deal with, always pleasant and helpful. I was amazed how she always remembered her clients’ names. I’ve been concerned about her these past months and am so very sorry to learn she’s left us. Please know her sweet soul, her family and dear ones are in my prayers. I’ll continue to miss her.

Nancy Koonce

April 12, 2018

Gone too soon.
With sincere sympathy,

Nancy Koonce
Lakeside 1972

Lori Lemm

April 12, 2018

I enjoyed working with Gayle at Simmons Bank. She was a wonderful lady who will be missed by many. I will remember her sweet smile, laugh & how she always called me Lorelei. Prayers for her family. RIP sweet lady.