Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gayle Selma Thomsen (Blackmer) 1928 - 1996

Gayle Selma Thomsen was born on 20 December 1928 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She was baptized in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.  In January 1937, her family moved to Tacoma, Washington.  Not long after that, they moved to Eugene, Oregon and finally settled in Los Angeles, California.  In 1947, she began dating Donald Lewis Blackmer who had recently completed his honorable service in the United States Navy following World War II.  They were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple on 18 October 1949.  They settled in Pico Rivera, California where they raised their ten children (five boys and five girls).

She loved her husband and children and was a great homemaker.  Half of her children served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she corresponded with them faithfully.  She was an avid reader and always desired to travel the world.  She accompanied one of her children to England for vacation in 1989.  

Following the birth of her tenth child, she got diabetes.  She fought the disease for the rest of her life.  She had a stroke in February 1996 and passed away two months later.  She was interred at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.  Her husband passed away in 2001 and is buried beside her.  They are both greatly loved by their descedant's.

Clay Lewis Blackmer

LtoR back Clyde, Irene, Carol, front Blaine, Gayle, Jeanie, 1938

Dorsey High School, 1947

18 October 1949
Mesa Arizona Temple
Wedding Day

About 1946

11 October 1986
Lance & Tracy's Wedding Reception
Pico Rivera, California

About 1985
Pico Rivera, California

The entire Blackmer Family
September 1990
Los Alamitos, California
Front LtoR Lisa Ann, Gayle Thomsen, Donald Lewis, Janet LouiseBack LtoR Benn William,
Jon Devon, Della Irene, lance Randall, Darren Christian, Nicole Carol, Clay Lewis, Andrea Jean

15 October 1988
Benn & Jan's Wedding Reception
Whittier, California

Social Security Death Index
Name: Gayle T. Blackmer
Last Residence: 90660 Pico Rivera, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Born: 20 Dec 1928
Died: 12 Apr 1996
State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951)
California Death Index
Name: Gayle Thomsen Blackmer
[Gayle Thomsen Thomsen]
Birth Date: 20 Dec 1928
Birthplace: Utah
Death Date: 12 Apr 1996
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Clarkson
Father's Surname: Thomsen