Gayla J. Lawton

Gayla J. Lawton


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Gayla Jean Fisher Lawton, 69 years of age, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 8:31 a.m. surrounded by her family at Bay Area Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Tommy and Virginia Fisher; son, Donald Thumper Gutsch and her sister, Gloria Fisher.

She is survived by her daughter, Courtney Gutsch; son, Fisher Lawton and wife Mandy Lawton; brother, Michael Fisher; and grandchildren, Macy Gutsch, Blake Goodwin, and Madison Reyner.


Gayla was born on April 13, 1949, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Tommy and Virginia Fisher.
She graduated from Flour Bluff High School May 26, 1967. She worked at Island Retreat for 28 years as a front office manager.
Gayla lived life to its fullest enjoying all the little moments. She loved to chat with family and friends, people watch, and had a smile that could light up a room. Gayla was one of a kind in every way with her amazing sense of humor. She was loved by everyone who knew her, had such an amazing impact on many people’s lives, and was a “mother” to many. She was everyone’s favorite person and gave us so many irreplaceable memories. Her amazing laughter, love for family and friends, and sometimes orneriness made her who we all love and will remember.

A celebration of life will be held on July 28, 2018 in Port Aransas, Texas.


Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory

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  1. Karol Bone
    Katy, TX

    I met Gayla at Island Retreat many years ago. She was always a pleasure to see, always happy and always told you exactly how it was! Was disappointed when she was no longer at Island Retreat and was greatly missed. So sorry to hear of her passing, but will always have great memories of her laughter!

  2. Ellen and Bob Hames
    Fort Worth, TX

    Our whole family loved you Gayla. We were always so excited to see you when we came to Port Aransas.
    Our dearest condolences to your family.

  3. Babbette Talley
    Kerrville, TX

    Loved just being around her, loved having her as a neighbor, she is one of a kind and will always be called my friend. <3

  4. Cindy Verhalen
    Bandera, TX

    Prayers go out to the family. She was a beautiful person.

  5. Betty Lopez
    Port Aransas, TX

    Oh Ms Gayla
    We will miss your smiles and
    Your sense of great humor.
    My Love ❤️ And Prayers to All Her Family, Rest In Peace Sweet Lady

  6. Mary Elizabeth Cofer
    austin, TX

    Oh Gayla, the thought of never getting to see you again or hear your laughing voice makes me so sad. You were so loved.

  7. Jody Lehmann Nelson
    Vienna, VA by D.C., VA

    Gayla was such a sweetheart! Our parents, Bill and Barbara Lehmann, knew and loved her for many years at Island Retreat, as did all five of us "kids" and our families from NM, AZ, DE, & VA! She always had the happiest smile for all of us! When Gayla moved to Sea Isle and then San Antonio, she gave her wonderful piano to our mother, Barbara. Mom enjoyed playing it for several years, including during her battle against cancer. We donated the piano to Trinity By The Sea church so that many more could enjoy it! Sending our love and prayers to your whole family! Jody, Rick, Kathy, Wendy, Christi & Families

  8. Sandy Nelson Smith
    Wharton, TX

    Gayla was an Island Icon in every way!
    I knew her all her life, our dads worked together and our families visited when we were kids. She had a wicked sense of humor, a salty tongue, a smile and personality to light up a room and a heart of gold. Rest in peace.

  9. Mary Elizabeth Martin
    OCKLAWAHA, FL

    Oh Miss Girl.... I miss you already!!! My heart is broken! We had our ups and downs all our lives but always managed to come back to each other like sisters. We were always there for each other and that meant alot to me! I will hold all of our memories in my heart forever. "UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!!!!" I Love you......Miss Helen

  10. Brucette Beitz
    San Marcos, TX

    You were loved and will missed by so many of us!

  11. Beth A Morrison
    Rockport, TX

    You will be missed, truly a Port Aransas Icon! Love you

  12. Jacqueline and Oscar Gonzalez
    Robstown, TX

    We loved her dearly. And will miss her very much.

  13. Dawn Bomarito Moyer
    Fort Myers, FL

    Love you Gayla! Will miss you. Say hello to my parents for me.

  14. Cowpatty & Adam
    Boyd, TX

    We love you and miss you already. Thank you for all the memories. ❤

  15. Alan & Margaret Sherrill
    Bay City, TX

    We only knew Gayla a short time but loved her and enjoyed her company. So sorry for the family's loss sending love and prayers to all.

  16. Troy&Traci Ousley
    Goliad, TX

    We are so sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you comfort.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Troy & Traci

  17. Shannon Flood Hadley
    Fort Worth, TX

    I love you lady! You will never be forgotten ❤️🙏

  18. Suzanna Reeder
    Port Aransas, TX

    Gayla was just great. She was down-to-earth and full of fun. She spoke her mind but was a friend to all. She was sorely missed when she moved away, and now we carry her in our heart always.

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