Gayle Francis Cain

Born March 12, 1940 in Akron, Ohio, daughter of the late Leonard and Louise Sparks, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2022 at age 82. She was of Holt, Michigan.

Surviving are her 2 children, Laura (Tom) Prowdley and Michael Lynn Cain; 9 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Gayle was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Cain, Sr.; son, Willis Cain, Jr.; grandson, Jonathan Cain; brother, Bruce Sparks; sisters, Carole VanderKlip and Arlene Kole, as well as, her daughter-in-law, Rebecca Cain.

Gayle was a graduate of Holland H.S., retired from MSU where she worked in the CTU (Clerical-Technical Unit, including 10 years as their Treasurer), was a long-time member of Holt Christian Church, volunteered and served on the board of the Holt Community Food Bank and was an avid quilter, who was active in the quilting community with the Sunbonnet Sue’s in Canoes quilting group, the Island City Piecemakers Quilt Guild, and attended the Vintage Machines and Thursday Sewing groups at the Hen House in Charlotte, to name a few. Gayle was instrumental in introducing weekly bible studies, Sunday church services, and monthly music programs at Stratford Place Apartment community.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 8, 2022 at Holt Christian Church, 2424 Washington Rd., Lansing, MI 48911.  Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Dimondale.  The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, 2121 N. Cedar St., Holt, MI 48842 on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions, in loving memory of Gayle, to Holt Christian Church.

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Jane Ouellette
August 3, 2022 at 11:24 pm

Gayle, I’m sure going to miss sewing with you on Saturdays at The Hen House. You were a good friend and quilting buddy.

Carol Schon
August 4, 2022 at 10:25 am

It has been years since I have seen Gayle, but I always enjoyed spending time quilting with her in the Capitol City Quilt Guild. Her energy and enthusiasm were catching.

Cindy Reisig
August 4, 2022 at 7:12 pm

Enjoyed getting to know Gayle when i was a new quilter. She was very good to me. Godspeed!

Gail Drayton
August 4, 2022 at 7:51 pm

Gayle, It was you that kept the Sunbonnet Sue’s quilt retreat going for so many years. Will miss your laugh, words of wisdom, our common Dutch heritage and love of McDonald’s Diet Coke. Peace be with you.

Glenna C MacDonald
August 4, 2022 at 9:53 pm

I’ve known Gayle for over 30 years. We attended the same church. I memory happened when we were building our new church building. Gayle was stepping from a window onto a truck bed and lost her footing. She fell out the window and severely broke her leg. I have so many fond memories of Gayle and the fun things we did with the Women’s Group. Gayle was always ready to answer any sewing/quilting questions I might have. She taught several classes at church for the ladies. One was a step by step quilt class the other was a quilted jacket class. I’m going to really miss Gayle, my mentor and friend.

Nancy & Bill
August 5, 2022 at 10:15 am

Pam Cain, so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers along with safe travels back to Michigan for the service.

Gail Dunham
October 20, 2022 at 7:24 pm

I was Gayle’s friend for more than 10 years and lived with her when I came home from South. We loved to go across the street from her bldg. and listen to music. We also watched the MSU games together. I will miss our friendship ,l did have a chance to sit in hospital room two afternoons with her honoring her and praying that she was enjoying heaven and no pain.Miss her so much. Gail Dunham


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