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Gayle Caldwell Cline

Gayle Caldwell Cline Gayle Caldwell Cline, born October 27, 1971, of parents Fred and Barbara Caldwell died peacefully on June 12, 2018 in Virginia Beach, VA. after a multi-year battle with Cancer. She was preceded in death by mother Barbara in 2005. She is survived in the home by husband Gabriel and daughter Leah and elsewhere: parents Fred and Jodi Caldwell, sisters Ericka Purcell, Rachel Hill, and Kayla Motley.

Being raised in a military family, Gayle lived in 3 different states and 2 different foreign countries as well as traveling extensively overseas. From 1st through 8th grades she was a member of the Girl Scouts of America. She graduated from high school in Manhattan, KS and then from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Journalism. Later, she attained a Masters Degree in Adult and Continuing Education also from K-State.

At various times she coached Softball, Volleyball, cheerleading, and even Football, (yes, 8-man Football).

From her childhood onward, her stated goal was to become a teacher and she certainly became an excellent one. She started teaching in Hanover, KS and progressed through Lyons and Wichita, KS, Kings Bay, GA, Honolulu, HI and ended up in Virginia Beach, VA. During her 24 years of teaching English and Journalism to all grades from 6th to 12th, she never lost her passion for the students. Although, if forced to choose, she enjoyed the 9th grade level students the most because of their “wide-eyed wonder and willingness to learn”.

When she married Gabriel, Gayle adopted his love of the sea and in particular all things Mermaid. Because Gayle brought beauty and grace to everyone she knew, the Mermaid creature is a perfect icon for her. When their daughter Leah was born, Gayle passed that same appreciation for wonder and beauty to her. Gayle’s legacy lives on in the hundreds of students she taught and whose lives she affected in ways she might have never known. We all need a little Mermaid in our lives. God bless Gayle.

Services will be held at 10:00 on Tuesday June 26, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Ave. Manhattan, KS.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to either of two places that were special to Gayle: the Virginia Aquarium at or Cancer Specialists of Tidewater, 1200 First Colonial Road Suite 204, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 in memory of Gayle. They may be sent directly or donation baskets will be available at the service and the proceeds will be forwarded accordingly. Contributions may also be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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