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    DELRAY BEACH — Gayl Laymon Brown passed away peacefully on Feb. 5. Gayl was a fixture in the Delray Beach community for over 60 years, having moved there with her family at the age of 12.  She was born Jan. 21, 1937, in St. Joseph, Ill., to Dr. Gayle and Margaret Laymon, and spent her early childhood in Champaign, Ill. 
    After attending Seacrest High School, Stephens College and the University of Florida, Gayl met Air Force Lt. Harvey L. Brown on a blind date, and they were married six months later on June 11, 1955, at the First Presbyterian Church in Delray Beach. Harvey and Gayl made a life and raised their family in Delray Beach, where Gayl devoted her time and leadership to many organizations, including Unity Church of Delray Beach, The Delray Beach Historical Society, and as a sustaining member of the Junior League of Boca Raton. 
    Gayl was an avid and talented bridge player, and cherished the many friendships she developed through her love of the game.
    She was predeceased by her loving husband and parents, her siblings Richard Laymon, Sally Hofling, Daniel Laymon and Linda Perkins, and her son-in-law Robert Long. Gayl is survived by her three children, Susan Long, Anne Pugliese (James) and Harvey Brown Jr. (Marilyn), and the true lights of her life, her grandchildren, Caroline, Catherine and Andrew Pugliese, and Robby and Isabel Long. She will also be greatly missed by her beloved dog, Luke.
    A celebration of Gayl’s life was held Feb. 12 at Unity Church of Delray Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Unity Church of Delray Beach or the Delray Beach Historical Society.
— Obituary submitted by the family

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