Our Mom, Grandma, and Great-Grandma, Gayle Couch Dudley, passed away July 2, 2023, at age 92 in Provo, Utah after a life filled with enthusiasm, love, and fun. She was born on November 18,1930 in Pocatello, Idaho to Linley Leroy Couch and Cecil Rebecca Bramwell. \n\nHer husband “Dud”, our Dad, and “Bumpa”, James Duane Dudley, passed away on January 11,2021 at age 92 in Provo Utah during the Covid epidemic. At Mom’s request, she would like him to also be honored at this time. He was born September 8,1928 in Twin Falls, Idaho to James Wesley Dudley and Wanda Tippets. \n\nGayle grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, in a cheerful home with her parents, and an older brother and sister, Bart Couch and Lorna Amundsen. She started out every day as a new fun adventure, taking along her little friend Donald, to explore the town and hills nearby. It included climbing lava rocks around the local zoo, ice skating, games, scouring alley ways for treasures in garbage cans, sanding the freckles off Donald's nose, and occasionally taking all the dead cats they could find to the top of "Red Hill" to bury & perform funerals for them. She seemed to have endless energy to begin with and hardly slowed down until the end. The extended family loved to get together, talking and laughing a lot. How they could all talk and laugh at the same time and still listen to each other has gone down in history.\n\nDuane also grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, with his parents, and siblings Stan Merrill, Bob, and June Ellingson. He also had many adventures. On one occasion when he was quite young, he and a friend started a fire in an old barn in their alley playing with a “cool” magnifying glass; it ended with the barn burning to the ground. He learned not to steal when his mother made him drink all the food coloring he had thought was candy and hid in his pocket. He started out as methodical, organized, and focused. He had a quiet wisdom and sense of humor, all of which followed him to the end of his days. \n\nThey met at ‘Poky High’ where they were both involved in school activities, music, and scholastics. Gayle was involved in Pep club, Girls council, choir, and elected office. Duane was a very handsome young man and was one of the star football players and was popular for his “Boogie Woogie” on the piano. The romance began by each strategically sitting on their buses so they could wave to each other as the buses went in different directions. They started dating when Gayle was a senior and Duane was attending Idaho State University. \n\nDuane served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northern States Mission. On his way home, he stopped to visit his sweetheart, Gayle Couch who was working in Zions National Park, and ended up proposing. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on September 6, 1950. Together they had five children and now have 25 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren. \n\nThey started their marriage in Provo, Utah where Duane earned his Bachelor of Science degree at BYU in 1952. In 1953, he earned his M.A. in Physics at Rice Institute in Houston, Texas. In 1959, he earned his PhD in Physics at the University of Utah. He started teaching at BYU in 1962 and was promoted to full professor in 1968 and taught there until he retired in 1994. A highlight was serving as Associate Director in the BYU Jerusalem Center from November 1992 to May 1994, where they made special lifelong friends. \n\nDuane and Gayle’s dedication and service to the LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been profound. Duane served many years in student wards as both bishop and stake president. He taught countless church lessons, and they often would travel to speak at firesides and education weeks around the U.S., Hawaii, and Canada. They both easily shared their testimonies of God and his Son Jesus Christ, our Savior. They donated to the missionary fund their entire married life and served as missionaries themselves in 1992 in the LDS Church’s Family History Center in SLC as zone leaders in the Mission Training Laboratory. Later they continued that service in the local Family History Center for years after. They both have had a love of genealogy for most of their lives.\n\nThey found their dream home in Provo, Utah in 1962 and remained there until the end. Gayle loved her house and gardens. The house is full of pictures of all her children and grandchildren, and memorabilia from her parents and ancestors. She was famous for constantly moving furniture, even into her 90’s. Some children would remark that the furniture was changed in the living room every time they came to visit. Another grandchild said he wanted his own home to be surrounded by all their “fine things”, just like Grandma’s house. We all have many memories sitting in the living room with Grandma talking and laughing and Bumpa quietly sitting and smiling. Other times dancing to Bumpa’s Boogie Woogie, or listening to them play duets on the piano. \n\nGayle was a devoted wife and mother, busy raising her five children and participating in and planning many activities for church and community. She taught piano lessons from 1968 to 1992, with enthusiasm and a lot of fun. Many of those students stopped by to see her for years to come. She was loved and remembered by them all. \n\nShe was mostly known in the church as the music chorister and choir director, leading the music from primary to sacrament meeting for years. Many participated because she made it so fun. She was involved in planning numerous road shows and ward programs. She and three other friends would often sing together and travel around other wards to perform. Another friend wrote a skit for Relief Society based on Mary Poppins. Mom sang all the songs dressed as Mary Poppins while her friend did the narration. They became popular performing at many Relief Society functions all over the state. \n\nGayle loved her time in Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She also volunteered at the museum for many years with one of her best friends. \n\nGayle was known for starting countless projects because they looked so fun! She was an easy accomplice for all the projects her friends and family wanted to start. Some were even finished and given to friends and family. Some were jokes but all were treasured.\n\nGayle had many long and deep friendships, as well as unconditional love for all her children and grandchildren. People and family loved to be with her, not only for her love and wisdom, but for hours of fun and laughs. A favorite memory will always be sitting on the front porch laughing about life. \n\nDuane and Gayle have left their family with four strong legacies that represented their lives: Faith in God and serving in the LDS Church, unconditional love, music, and laughter. \n\nWe are so grateful and give thanks to the many friends and neighbors who have reached out and served and strengthened our family over the years. There are too many to list. We send out a special thank you to Mom's nurses Heather, Denise, and Tenisha from Aspen Ridge Home Health and Hospice that helped us and Mom through her journey home with needed love and kindness.\n\nShe is survived by her children: Brooke Keith (Jeff), Cindy Hafen, Becky Dudley, Allyson Riding (Ed), and Jim Dudley (Janine). She is preceded in death by her husband, James Duane Dudley, and a granddaughter Alice Ginger Weibell. \n\nIn lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Humanitarian Aid or Missionary Fund.