March 19, 1927September 2, 2013

Gayle Schiffman Macey, our beautiful and loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend died Monday September 2, 2013. Gayle was born March 19, 1927, the first of five children of Fredrick and Pearl Skinner Schiffman. She had a wonderful childhood growing up in Logan and attended Logan City Schools graduating from Logan High in 1945. That same year she married her incredible, handsome, childhood sweetheart Woolass Macey in the Logan LDS Temple. Gayle and Wooley made their home in Salt Lake City where together they raised five children, four sons and one daughter. Gayle was a "stay at home" mom where she took great care of her children and supported them in all their activities. When the children were grown and started their own families Gayle began her college career at the University of Utah earning a BA and MA in Special Education. She taught school at Truman Elementary for 15 years and enjoyed helping those special children with their learning. She was honored as a Master Resource Teacher. She was a faithful member of the LDS Church and served in many callings including Relief Society President, Young Women's President and Gospel Doctrine teacher. She was blessed to serve in the Salt Lake Temple as an ordinance worker for several years. Gayle and Wooley loved to travel and visited the majority of the 50 states and many foreign countries. They also enjoyed many cruises with their lifelong friends. Gayle loved music and performed in the Allegro Chorus for 46 years. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and served as state president. She was honored as Woman of the Year by Omega chapter. She also enjoyed her membership in DUP and the Emerald Book Club, as well as her volunteer assignments with the Utah Heritage Foundation. More than anything, her greatest joy was her family. She loved being with them and loved the many family reunions in Bear Lake, the birthday parties, holiday parties, Sunday dinners and many trips. She is survived by her five children; Michael, Elizabeth Naccarato, Scott (Mimi), Rex (Heidi) and Joel (Katy), and by 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Her four siblings also survive her; Donna Faye (Jim) Gorman, Rita (John) Phillips, Reed (Dixie) Schiffman, and Lynn (Karen) Schiffman. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sweetheart Woolass A Macey. The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to the healthcare providers at University Hospital NCCU and Intermountain Healthcare Hospice for their compassionate care of Gayle. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 7th, 11:00 a.m. at the Capitol Hill 1st Ward, 413 North West Capitol Street, Salt Lake City. Friends may call on Friday evening, September 6th, from 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary located at 3401 South Highland Drive and Saturday, September 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2013


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Teddie Krause

October 1, 2013

I served as Gayle's counselor when she was Relief Society president in Capitol Hill First Ward. We also worked together in DUP and Utah Heritage Foundation.

I looked forward to going on the Balloon Fiesta Tour with Gayle in October. We will miss her on this trip, especially since it was her idea, but we will watch for Wendy's hamburgers to eat in her honor along the way!

Jane Hales

September 16, 2013

Dear Liz, What a remarkable woman your mother was. I feel I have known her because I know you. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

September 14, 2013

Erin and I were indeed fortunate to have known Gayle for about seven years in the Capitol Hill 1st Ward. We always appreciated her cheerfulness and kindness and will keep those memories as treasures. To her children and family, we sympathize with the loss of your mother, but are so happy that she can finally join your Dad and other family members gone far too long for her liking. We're glad that her release was quick and hope you find comfort in the goodness and the legacy she leaves for you. May you have peace and comfort every time you remember your mother and grandmother.
Dana & Erin Simonsen,
Superior, CO

Sheral Schowe

September 11, 2013

Dear Liz,
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your dear mother and my mentor and friend. I adored Gayle and am so honored to have worked with her at Truman Elementary as my co-teacher. She was truly a master educator. Hundreds of special education students have benefited from her structure, her direct instruction in math, reading, and writing, and above all, her kindness and love for each one of them. She took me under her wing when I began my career as a special education teacher a guided me though my first year. Her example was priceless. She was my hero. My love and prayers to you and your family Liz. May God lift you from the sadness of your loss with the knowledge that Gayle and Wooley, the two sweetest people on earth, are together again. Sheral Schowe

Erica Abner

September 9, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to you.

September 8, 2013

What sad news! I so enjoyed my service with Gayle when she was DKG state president. She was such an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed. Jeanne Emmer


September 7, 2013

Aunt Gayle is a wonderful lady. Love you!

September 6, 2013

May we convey our sincere condolences on the occasion of Aunt Gayle's passing. Our sympathy goes out to all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We wish you peace with the knowledge that she and Uncle Wooley are happily reunited.
Robin and Ken Macey

David Cracroft

September 6, 2013

Dear Macey kids...
We sure do love your Mom. She and Wooley are parents to lots of kids besides blood relatives. What a great reunion for them. Congratulations. Love forever! Dave & Terese Cracroft

September 6, 2013

Dear Joel and Katy,

We are so sorry for your loss.

Dave & Becky Pittam