Zona Gayle Compton, 82, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 2, 2012, at the home of Terry and Linda Compton of Columbia Falls, Mont.
Zona Gayle Compton, 82, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 2, 2012, at the home of Terry and Linda Compton of Columbia Falls, Mont. Gayle was born on Nov. 16, 1929, at Gate, Okla., to John Spencer and Sarah (Berends) DeSpain. She was the youngest of eight children, all of whom are deceased. She lived at home until her marriage to Dean E. Compton in 1947. Gayle attended Gate Public School for the first 11 years. After marriage and three sons, she returned to complete her high schooling at Guymon, Okla., in 1958. In 1970, she received her LPN license from Crowder College. She often remarked that not many sons got to see their mom graduate from high school and college. Dean and Gayle moved to farm east of Anderson in 1959. They moved into town in 1964. Gayle worked at Sale Memorial Hospital as an aide and LPN from 1964 to 1988 when she retired. She also worked part time in the feed store they owned in Anderson. Gayle is survived by two sons, Terry L Compton and wife Linda of Columbia Falls, and Derald W Compton and wife, Judy of Anderson. She was very proud of her five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and two step great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews who held a special place in her heart. She was preceded in death by her husband Dean; and son, Kenneth Dean. The last 2 ½ years of her life she enjoyed living in northwestern Montana with her son Terry. Gayle left a legacy of love by her caring for so many people while working at Sale Memorial Hospital. Gayle and Dean enjoyed taking trips in the "old bus" with family and friends. Some trips became more of an adventure than they planned. A memorial service will be held for her at 2 p.m. Monday Aug. 20, at the Full Gospel Church of Anderson, with the Rev. Cecil Hall presiding. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of cremation.