Gayla Sportsman, age 60, of Brookfield, died Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Life Care Center in Brookfield.
There will be a visitation held Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 6:00 until 8:00 in the evening at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield. Burial will be at a later date.
Memorials to the Paisley Smith Education Fund (payable to Jim Sportsman) may be left at or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.
Gayla Louise, daughter of Robert Gardner and Pat Bevan was born April 29, 1958, in Omaha, Nebraska. On June 25, 1977, she married James R. Sportsman.
Gayla was a homemaker and cleaned houses for many residents in the area. She loved tractor pulls and demolition derbies. She also had a love for all critters, in fact growing up her mother referred to her as “Ellie Mae Clampett”.
Survivors include her husband, Jim of the home; two daughters, Nicole Sportsman and Roxie Sportsman both of Brookfield; one granddaughter, Paisley Smith of Glendive, Montana; one grandson, Avery Sportsman; two sisters, Heather Tetzlaff and husband, Mike of St. Louis, and Robin Gray and husband, Jim of Brookfield; one brother, Lloyd Gardner of Frankford; and several aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
Her parents, Robert Gardner and Pat Walters, preceded her in death.