Gale R. Davis, 78

June 04, 2021

Gale R. Davis, 78, of Lancaster, passed away on June 4, 2021. Born in Darby, PA, she was the daughter of the late Robert K. Sr., and Violet (Munson) Heilenman. She was the wife of George W. (Bill) Davis Jr. until his passing in 2008.

Gale will be remembered by her children for her drive to give her family more than she had growing up. The first in her family to graduate college, she recognized early on how much education could change her life.

Immediately after high school, Gale and Bill were married and promptly hit the road as Bill began his Army career. They’d go on to have 3 children before divorcing in 1968. Gale married again and would have 2 more children. At the age of 33 and after her 2nd marriage had ended, Gale began a journey that she believed would forever change the path of her and her 5 children. Gale enrolled at Delaware Community College to pursue the education she always aspired towards. Over the next 6 years Gale managed a series of full-time jobs, going to school 4 nights a week, and more than her share of Little League games and dance recitals. She came out the other side with a Master’s Degree from Drexel University while earning multiple honors along the way. She was always an exceptional student.

Gale used that education to help land a job at Millersville University where she worked for nearly 20 years in the role of Bursar. After retirement, Gale and Bill rekindled their relationship and were remarried with their blended family in attendance 45 years after they were initially married.

Those who knew Gale, knew that she loved the beach and being near the water. She was passionate about her family, her faith, and her Bill.

Her love and determination will live on in her children: George W. Davis III, husband of Maureen of Washington Crossing, PA, Russell K. Davis, husband of Kay of Havertown, PA, Scott A. Davis, husband of Elizabeth of Sacramento, CA, Christopher Meyers, husband of Jennifer of Washington Crossing, PA, and Kathleen A. Clemens, wife of Daniel of San Jose, CA, grandchildren: Kathryn P. Warfield (Nick), George W. “Will” Davis IV, Nikolas A. Davis, Danielle R. Carr, Calvin W. Davis, Christina J. Davis, Joshua C. Meyers, Samantha E. Meyers, Adam J. Clemens, and Kara S. Clemens, her great-granddaughter Layla, and brother, Robert H. Heilenman, Jr. of Glenolden, PA. She was preceded in passing by her husband Bill, parents and a sister, Deborah.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at The Bachman Center, 633 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603 at 11 AM. Guests are invited to attend a visitation from 10 AM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gale’s name may be made to Milagro House of Lancaster.

Leave a condolence on this Memorial Page

Be sure to include your name

Please note that your condolence will not appear on this page until it is reviewed. Condolences usually appear within 24 hours of being submitted.

Condolences to the Family

July 05, 2021

Jenn, Chris and family – sending hugs. We are so sorry to learn of your loss. 
Don & Cheryl Youtz

June 13, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. Gale and I grew up together and were friends since elementary school. She was a bright student and always gave everything she tried 100 plus %!  Rest In Peace.
Barbara Willis Miller

June 12, 2021

My condolences to all in Gales family and to those who called her friend. We enjoyed many breakfasts during our working years at Millersville She will be missed by many.
Martha MacAdam

June 11, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I have many happy memories of your family on Francis st . Your mother and all of you were so kind to us Owens.
Lawrence Owens

June 10, 2021

What a lovely tribute to your mother.  My sympathy to all of you.  I had many good times with Gale (and Kathy) during Gale’s early years at MU.  Peace and blessings to you all.  
Dawn Reese

June 10, 2021

I’m very sorry to hear of Gale’s passing, and I offer her family sincere condolences. I worked with Gale for many years at MU and enjoyed a friendship with her as well.  I valued her judgment and thoughtfulness in both roles.
May she rest in Paradise with her long-time friend, Rachael Wywadis, who passed in 2020.  Again, I offer my sympathy to Gale’s family and other friends.
Frances Axsmith

Wednesday, July 07, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Bachman Center at Homestead Village
Map and Directions

Get Maps and Directions >
Wednesday, July 07, 2021
11:00 AM
The Bachman Center at Homestead Village
633 Community Way
Lancaster, PA 17603
Map and Directions

Get Maps and Directions >
Send Flowers Online

Offering Lancaster, PA funeral services for over 70 years.

Our five funeral homes in Lancaster County makes it easy and convenient to make arrangements and host services close to home.

  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Downtown Lancaster
  • 414 East King St.
  • 717-393-9661
  • Charles F. (Chip) Snyder, Jr. Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Lititz Pike
  • 3110 Lititz Pike
  • 717-560-5100
  • Charles F. (Chad) Snyder, III Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Millersville
  • 441 North George St.
  • 717-872-5041
  • Mark D. Burkholder Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home Lititz, PA
  • 127 South Broad St.
  • 717-626-2317
  • Jacqueline Adamson Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Bachman-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory Strasburg, PA
  • 7 South Decatur Street
  • 717-687-7644
  • Norman T. Mable Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info