Gail Cheryl Haynes

Gail Cheryl HaynesIt is with profound sadness that the family must announce the passing of our beloved mother, Gail Cheryl Haynes this morning, February 28, 2021, in Plano, Texas. She was 73 years old.

Born July 6, 1947 in Fall River, Mass to James Herbert Brown and Barbara Ann Marsden, she graduated from North Attleboro High School, Massachusetts, in 1965. In 1971, she found herself living outside of Phoenix, Arizona where she met the love of her life, John Lanning Haynes. They were married July 10, 1971. In 1977, Gail, her husband and the first two of her three sons moved to Ridgecrest, California where she lived until the passing of her Husband in 2008.

After her husband’s passing in 2008, Gail moved to Houston, Texas to be near her two eldest sons and her grandchildren. She lived in Houston until early summer of 2020, when she moved in with her middle son, Joel, and his family in Plano, Texas. Soon after, Gail’s health began to fail and she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She passed peacefully this morning in hospice care.

Gail was happiest being a wife, mother and later grandmother and took pride in raising her sons with her husband in Ridgecrest, California where she worked for a time as a cake decorator in a major grocery store chain. She was a voracious reader and built a large personal library, largely of crime and mystery novels, which she enjoyed reading while sipping coffee or tea in her chair in the living room with her cat snuggled up next to her. She also loved the holidays and amassed a large collection of Christmas decorations and ornaments which she enjoyed setting up and decorating the house with throughout the holiday season. She was always a supportive, loving, caring person, even in her last months she would try to console and soothe those around her. While not an active Churchgoer in her later years, she held a strong Christian faith and took solace in the knowledge that when she passed she would rejoin her husband in heaven.

Gail is survived by her three sons: John and his wife Nicole; Joel, his wife Kelly and daughters Katie, Jet, and Alison; and James and his wife Helene and son Brian. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Lanning Haynes.

Gail and John both touched the lives of many who knew them, and her family takes pride and strength in knowing that they will live on in the memory of many who loved them.

Due to the present health crisis, the family intends to have her cremated at this time and not hold a funeral ceremony. It is the family’s intention to inter her and her husband’s ashes in Chandler, Arizona, near other family members. When it is safe to do so, the family intends to hold a memorial service for family and friends most likely in Chandler or Ridgecrest, so that all who knew and loved her can celebrate her life. People wishing to be kept informed of these plans may send an e-mail to

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association in her honor.

Story First Published: 2021-03-05