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Judy "Gayle" Wagner
March 6, 1951 ~ July 23, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Judy “Gayle” Wagner
March 6, 1951 to July 23, 2023
Gayle passed peacefully at Lorean in Mt. Airy, MD after a decades long battle with progressive Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 72. She was a lifelong Maryland resident, spending her childhood in the Rockville and Wheaton area as the daughter of Leonard Voellinger and Wilma Nabors. She resided for nearly forty years at her home in Ijamsville, MD. She was married to Randy Wagner and spent the last seventeen years as his widow. Gayle is survived by her three beloved children: Eric Wagner, Meghan and Michael Padhi, and Phillip and Maggie Wagner as well as their children. She has eleven grandchildren in all, including Eric, Dustin, Brian, Carl (Eric) Anna, Elizabeth, Gabriel, and Katarina (Meghan), and Henry, Randall, and Eleanor (Phillip). Her older sister Belinda passed away last year, and she is survived by Irish-twin brother Lenny, her younger sister Susan, as well as Randy’s sister, Carla. She also leaves behind nieces and nephews and cousins whom she dearly loved. Gayle spent most of her life as a homemaker, enjoying gardening, baking, and sewing, as well as volunteering in various roles in the community, her church, and her children’s schools. When she became disabled, she was part of groundbreaking work as an accessibility advocate in Frederick County and beyond. She was very involved in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she found comradery, support, and hope for a cure. She also enjoyed volunteering for Joni and Friends Ministries with her husband, Randy in their efforts to collect wheelchairs locally for distribution abroad. Later in her life, she would testify that though God did not take away her MS, He healed her spirit. She had hope and joy in knowing Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Gayle’s warmth, sense of humor, and courageous spirit will be missed by all who knew her.
Relatives and friends may visit on Saturday, July 29, 2023 from 10am to 11am at the Roy W. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Rd., Laytonsville, MD 20882, where a funeral service will be held at 11am. Interment will follow at Bethesda United Methodist Church Cemetery in Damascus, MD.
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