Jo Gayle Peel

Peel, Jo Gayle picJo Gayle Peel ended her long battle with Multiple Sclerosis on May 4, 2017. She passed away at Granger Nursing and Rehabilitation in the presence of her loving husband, daughter, and son-in-law.

Jo Gayle Millhollin was born on March 15, 1951 to Robert and Jeanne Millhollin of Perry, Iowa. She graduated from Perry High School in 1969. She graduated from Iowa State University with her Bachelors in Child Development in 1974. She went to work as the director of a daycare in Marshalltown immediately following college. When Perry opened their first public preschool she returned to town and became a teacher.  She married her college sweetheart, Robert Peel, on February 22, 1975. Following work with the preschool she went to work with the traveling team from Woodward State Hospital. In 1978 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After her diagnosis she returned to Iowa State University and earned a second degree in elementary education in 1981 and did substitute teaching until her retirement in 1984. Even though she could no longer teach, she volunteered as a storyteller for the Perry Public Library for many years.

In July of 1985, Jo Gayle and Bob were blessed with a daughter, Jessica. Jo Gayle was a devoted mother, despite her illness. She and Jessica enjoyed playing, reading, and taking walks. Jo Gayle and Bob never missed a dance recital or choir concert. Jo Gayle will always be remembered for her bubbly personality, positive attitude, and her unending devotion and love of children, especially Jessica.

Jo Gayle was preceded in death by her mother and father, infant sisters Jennifer and Denise, and younger sister Debra Millhollin. She is survived by her husband Robert and daughter Jessica (Andrew) Austin of Cedar Rapids, sister Donna Myers of Fountain Hills, Arizona, 7 nieces and nephews, and 14 great-nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Perry. Visitation will be after 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017 with the family receiving friends from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to the staff and volunteers of Hospice of Central Iowa and to the staff of Granger Nursing and Rehabilitation for the many years of care they gave Jo Gayle. Memorials can be made to HCI and to the Perry Public Library.

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