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Official Obituary of

Gayle Page Strickland Elkes

April 17, 1937 ~ March 12, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Gayle Page Elkes Obituary

Gayle Page Strickland Elkes passed away peacefully on March 12, 2024 at The Windsor of Ocala under the care of Hospice of Marion County after a heart-breaking journey with dementia. She was a loving mother, a caring friend to innumerable, and one of God’s faithful servants.

Born April 17, 1937 in Kite, Georgia to the late Burley and Annie Ruth Fortner Page, Gayle enjoyed the simple life of a country girl. She fondly remembered visiting extended family with her grandparents and often shared her recollections with interested family members.  She returned to Kite often for visits but she always returned annually each Thanksgiving for the Page Family Reunion and to attend the Masters Golf Tournament during her visits in April.

A 1955 graduate of Swainsboro High School, Gayle attended the Barrett School of Nursing in Augusta, Georgia where she received her degree in nursing. There, she met the love of her life, Edmond Thomas Strickland, Jr., who was a native of Calhoun, GA. They were happily married for 26 years and had three children who survive her: Edmond Thomas Strickland, III (Jody) of Perry, GA; Gayle Page Branson (Rusty) of Ocala, FL and Stuart Burley Strickland of Gainesville, FL.

Sadly, Dr. Strickland predeceased Gayle on July 10, 1986. In November, 1994, Gayle married Frank Elkes with whom she shared 20 years until his death in 2015.

After Dr. Strickland returned to the United States from his Navy Deployment to Vietnam as a field surgeon in 1968, the couple moved from Georgia and made their home in Ocala, FL. Gayle enjoyed entertaining and was a gracious hostess. She was a member of the Marion County Medical Society Auxiliary; the Ocala Chapter, NSDAR; the J.J. Dickison Chapter No. 56, UDC; HUGs Charity Board; PEO; Reviewer’s Book Club; and her special bridge club for over 55 years.

As an active member of Ocala First United Methodist Church, Gayle faithfully served on many committees and was active in The Open-Door Sunday School class as well as United Methodist Women.

In addition to her children and their spouses, Gayle is survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Tyson Strickland (Anna) of Comer, GA; Morgan Grizzle (Gordon) and Samantha Lineberger(Luke), all of Perry, GA; Tucker Branson(Kaeley) and Sawyer Branson(Ashley) all of Ocala, FL; and Bryce Strickland of Gainesville, FL. Great-grandchildren are Harper Ann and Mary Elizabeth Strickland; Thomas, Evie, and Owen Grizzle; and Sam and Sutton Lineberger. Also surviving Gayle are her two siblings: Burley Page, Jr. (Connie) and Annelle Norris of Kite, GA.

A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Elkes at 2 PM Friday, March 15, 2024 at Ocala First United Methodist Church, 1126 E Silver Spring Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470 with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to HUGs Charities, PO Box 34 Ocala, FL 34478 or; Hospice of Marion County, PO Box 4860 Ocala, FL 34478 or, or The Alzheimer’s Association,

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Funeral Service
March 15, 2024

2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church of Ocala
1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, Florida 34470


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