CORVALLIS — Gayle Marie Tintzman, 86, of Corvallis, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, at her home in Corvallis.
Gayle Marie Anfinson Tintzman was born Feb. 24, 1934, the only child of Anfin and Florence Bates Anfinson, at the old Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton. She attended Corvallis schools all her life graduating as salutatorian of her class of 1952. On May 25, 1952, she married Elmore Henry Tintzman in Hamilton. For the next two and one half years they were stationed in San Diego and Long Beach, California for Elmer’s tour of Navy duty.
In 1954 they returned to the Bitterroot and farmed with Gayle’s father on Willow Creek Rd. She was a farm wife and mother all her life, raising three boys, Terry Lee, Steven Douglas and Bret Allen. After the family was raised, Gayle worked at the Ravalli County Fair in the premium office for more than 30 years. She was an election judge for many years. Gayle marshaled track meets for both Corvallis and Hamilton track teams and volunteered at many functions throughout the valley. She hardly missed her grandchildren’s functions and never missed a birthday luncheon with her friends. Gayle was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary # 91 in Corvallis and Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer and her parents.
She is survived by her sons, Terry (Judy), Steve (Cheryl) and Bret (Dori); nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and her special friend, Mavis Wilson.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton with Pastor Vern Sandersfeld officiating. Private urn placement will take place at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Grace Lutheran Church kitchen fund in Hamilton.