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Gayle was born March 9, 1938 in Princeton West Virginia, to Mary Alma Bailey Duncan and William Ernest Duncan, and died Dec. 16, 2012 with her loving sons Tony and Tom other dear family and friends by her side.
She lived a simple rural life as a child, attending Garden Elementary School and Athens High School. As a girl, and always throughout her life, she loved nature and spent much time in the forests and gardens with a keen knowledge and love of plants and animals. She shared this love with her children and grandchildren, taking them on fun excursions, and cooking wonderful meals, including her famous “peppered steak with brandy cream sauce.” Gayle treasured the moments of her life and brought joy to all who knew her.
As a young adult, she worked for attorney Bill Bassford in Jacksonville, Fla., where she met and married William Eugene Ammerman.
Together, the couple reared Bill’s children, Tommy and Cheryl Ammerman, and added a child of their own, Tony. As a young lady, Leesa Ammerman also came to live with them after high school.
Gayle was a wonderful housewife and dedicated mother. After 27 years, she found herself living on her own at Cedar Creek Lake near Mabank, Texas in 1985.
She began a new life as the owner and operator of a “country cookin’” restaurant, The Feed Box, a popular gathering place for friends and members of the lake community, near Payne Springs.
In these years, Gayle blossomed into a real philanthropist, entrepreneur and civic leader. From the restaurant, she helped feed the needy and elderly, and provided work for many in need of employment.
She was a member of the area Chamber of Commerce and also participated in Teen Court, a vital program teaching young people the consequences of their actions and choices. She worked diligently for Rotary International in various capacities and served a term as president of the local chapter. This outstanding organization allowed her and her fellow Rotarians to produce gala fundraisers to serve local needs. She deeply enjoyed her friends and community.
Gayle was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, niece, cousin, aunt, great aunt, dear friend and respected community leader.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Boyd Duncan and William Edward Duncan, sisters Carole Lucille Duncan Collison and Helen Louise Duncan Pritchett and Helen’s spouse, Oscar Pritchett; and nephews Ernie and Larry Duncan.
Survivors include her sons Tony Ammerman and wife Charlotte and Tom Ammerman and wife Sandra; daughters Cheryl Ammerman Collison and husband Terry, and Leesa Ammerman Sumner and husband Scott; grandchildren Anthony William Ammerman and wife Krista, Aaron Thomas Ammerman and wife Berenice, Charles Oscar Ammerman, Archer Paul Ammerman, Chad Sumner and wife Christin, Christopher Sumner, Gina Dyal and husband Shawn and Mathew Ammerman; great grandchildren, Skyler Sumner and Robert Michael Ammerman; her sister, Betty Duncan Meredith Taylor and nieces and nephews Sharon Lynn Russell, Melvin Meredith, Rhonda Gayle Stone, Kristi Kimbrell and Khristine Krier; her brother, Wilson Eugene Duncan and his children, Karen, Randy, Tim and Mark Duncan; her sister Carole’s children Terry, Rusty, and Cindy Collison and their father, Sidney “Bud” Collison; her brother William’s spouse Hazel Duncan and their children, Michael, Barry and David Duncan; her sister Helen’s children, Danny Pritchett and Nancy Pritchett Midkiff.
Memorial donations in her name to the scholarship fund of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Texas, P.O. Box 1658, Mabank, TX 75147 are welcome.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to all the good friends Gayle cherished and enjoyed in the Cedar Creek Lake area.