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Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home & Crematory

3201 Ave. B, Scottsbluff, NE

OBITUARY

Gale L Wimberley

August 6, 1962November 2, 2019

On Saturday November 2, 2019, while surrounded by family, Gale LeAnn Wimberley went to her heavenly home. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel. A Celebration of Her Life will take place at 10:30 AM on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Gering Zion Church with Pastor Tim Hebbert and Pastor Wayne Mundell co-officiating. Cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Gering Zion Church, Festival of Hope, or the Panhandle Humane Society. Online condolences may be left at www.dugankramer.com

Gale was born to Jerrene Walls Michael and Lilvon L. Michael in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Leadville, Colorado on August 6, 1962. They were later divorced. Gale was in Junior High when Jerrene and her children then moved to Kimball, Nebraska. The children were very happy when their mother met and married John (Jack) Randall, who happily became a dad to all the children. Gale was proud of her new dad and insisted on changing her last name to Randall. Gale graduated from Kimball High School in 1980 and moved to Scottsbluff, Nebraska to go to Fullen Hair Design, where she graduated in 1980.

Gale always knew that she wanted to be a hairdresser from the moment she gave her dolls hair cuts as a young girl. As Gale began her career as a hairdresser, she became very close friends with her clients. She always enjoyed hearing about their kids, vacations, hobbies – she was an amazing listener. Gale and her friends picked up dancing as something to do after work. She also helped teach country dance lessons. It was there that she met the love of her life, Donald Wimberley, a single father of five. Gale and Don married and started a family together. Along came four more kids. Gale was “Mama Gale” to many of her children’s friends and “Grandma Gale” to many of those kids’ kids. She enjoyed every minute of it.

In 2006, Gale was diagnosed with breast cancer. That is when she was told about the Festival Of Hope and how it could help her and her family during that time. Gale was a firm believer in giving back, so she and her aunt Barb began painting rocks, framed photos, and other things to sell at their booth for the Festival of Hope, every year for the last 13 years.

With each cancer diagnosis, she was bound and determined to beat it. That strength and determination came from her faith in God. She always handled everything life could throw at her with grace and compassion. Cancer may have weakened her body, but it could never weaken her will, stubbornness and faith.

In May 2019 her life was forever changed when Don was involved in an accident that later took his life and triggered the decline of her own health.

Due to lung damage from her previous battles with cancer and chemotherapy, Gale’s suppressed immune system couldn’t fight off a cold that developed into pneumonia.

Up until the very end she was a fighter.

Gale leaves behind her children Ethan Wimberley, Shane Wimberley (Sammy O’Leary), Cara (Wyatt) Edington, Ryan Wimberley and special son Max (Ashle) Powell; stepchildren: Heather Yates, Frank (Tonya) Wimberley, Mathew Wimberley, Devrin Wimberley, and Tara (Brad) Plambeck; her parents Jerrene and Jack Randall; siblings Byron (Anna) Michael, Brad (Shelly) Randall, Chris (Dave) Mills, and Swedish sister Hillevi Gustafsson; grandchildren Riley Wimberley, Caitlyn Wimberley, Dawson Wimberley, and Drake and Hayden Yates; along with numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, and extended family members.

Gale is preceded in death by her husband Donald Wimberley, her grandparents Virgil (Myra) Walls and Floyd and Phyllis Randall; great grandmother Chloe Miller; special aunt Dorothy Miller and several other family members.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Shane Wimberley, Casket Bearer
  • Ethan Wimberley, Casket Bearer
  • Ryan Wimberley, Casket Bearer
  • Frank Wimberley, Casket Bearer
  • Mathew Wimberley, Casket Bearer
  • Braeden Struempler, Casket Bearer
  • Max Powell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brad Randall, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Byron Michael, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Riley Wimberley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dawson Wimberley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brandon Walls, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jason Walls, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Derek Walls, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Damon Walls, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Talon Jenne, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Caitlyn Wimberley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Festival of Hope
  • Panhandle Humane Society
  • Gering Zion Church

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, November 7, 2019

Memories

Gale L Wimberley

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Lesley Bell

November 8, 2019

I was fortunate to meet Gale when I was very young finding a hairdresser who was talented and a person who was radiant. It was always a joy to return home and get my hair done to meet Gale and catch up on life. A brilliant person who radiated life and perseverance. I’m so sad to hear this news (both of Gale & Don) and my heart breaks for all of the beautiful family they leave behind. Sending much love to you all - May Gale live on in all of you always.

Mary and Roger Garwood

November 7, 2019

Roger and I remember Gale as someone who always said Hello to us with a smile....even though we knew she was going through difficult times, her positive attitude was amazing. Gale will leave a huge void with her passing, and will be missed forever. We would like to let Gale's entire family that we are sending you love and prayers for strength and healing.

Scott and Rhonda Nelson

November 6, 2019

We are sorry for your loss.

Shane Miller

November 6, 2019

Gale was such a loving and giving person, who was always ready to extend a helping hand to those in need. The positive impact of her life will go on through the many lives she has touched. She will certainly be missed by friends and family, but we know she is living in her new residence without pain and surrounded by many loved ones and her lord Jesus Christ.

Shane and Val Miller
Walla Walla, WA

Betty Kenyon

November 6, 2019

I met Gale when I joined the Thursday knitting group. I admired her positive attitude in spite of many obstacles. It was a pleasure to have been acquainted with her. My sympathy to her family.

Mark Shields

November 5, 2019

Classmate and friend for many years. Fond memories of time spent on the dance floor with Gale and Don. Amazing family.

Damon Walls

November 4, 2019

We have lost an incredible person and heaven has gained an angel. I will miss our long talks. We didn’t get to spend time together like we wanted but when we did get together we made up for it. Or like out last phone conversation we spent an hour on the phone. Gale, you were always there for me when I needed to talk to someone when I was having a tuff time. You always gave of yourself and never asked for anything in return. I will always have my memory of when my brother decided to come into this world you came over and hung out with me so I wasn’t alone and we played games or just talked. I love you cousin and you will always be in my heart.

Chris Mills

November 4, 2019

My hero, my best friend, my confidante, my inspiration, my sister. Words can't express how much I am going to miss you. I was beside you all these years and through your fight. You NEVER gave up! You put your family first and your family was your priority. You will leave a huge void, but you are now dancing with Don! I so love you! Thank you for being the sister I always admired!

Until we meet again.

Your baby sister ...Chris

Hillevi Gustafsson

November 4, 2019

My year as an exchange student in the mid 80s, gave me an American family, for the rest of my life. By that time Gale lived in her own apartment in Scottsbluff and worked as a hairdresser in Gering. I loved when she came for visits at the Randall house in Kimball -We all did! She was kind, nice and fun to hang around, helpful and very easy to love.
No words can express the loss. Gale will always be remembered as the warmest, caring, loving and confident woman. I know her strengths will rub off to the closest ones in her heart. I'm proud and so glad that I got to know her as my sister and hero♥️ I love Gale and her (my) family forever!🙏🏼♥️

MARY Williams

November 4, 2019

Gale is one of the most beautiful women I have ever known and admire. We’re sad for her passing, and the hurt for her beautiful family and friends, but knowing she’s pain free and together again with her husband, Don. I thank her for her kindness, and friendship. Thank you also for being a loving cousin to us all. We will miss you and cherish good times spent together.

Love,
Buffy, Mitch, Ben, Tom, and Fred
Williams

FROM THE FAMILY