Gayleen Kay (Padilla) Beck, daughter of Jack Stanley Padilla and Karen Lynette “Lynn” (Jones) Padilla, was born on October 8, 1960 at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska. She unexpectedly entered into rest on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at the Shenandoah Medical Center at the age of 60 years, 6 months, 24 days.
Her early life was spent growing up in Omaha, Nebraska and Fort Meyers, Florida before settling in Shenandoah, Iowa. Gayleen received her education in the Shenandoah Community Schools. She later attended Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda, receiving her LPN Certification in 1985.
With her in healthcare, Gayleen worked at the Sidney Healthcare Center for seven years. She later worked in Des Moines, Iowa before coming back to Shenandoah where she worked at various assisted living facilities in the area before having to retire due to health reasons.
In her spare time, Gayleen enjoyed writing, drawing, listening to music and shopping. She was an animal lover and especially enjoyed her cats. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family as much as she could. She especially enjoyed road trips and going places with her mom and spoiling her grandchildren.
Preceding Gayleen in death were her grandparents, Floyd and Juanita Jones. Left to cherish her memory are her three daughters, Allison Hale and husband Greg of Carson, IA, Chelsea Kievit and husband Eric of Essex, IA and Jamesey Jensen of Plattsmouth, NE; nine grandchildren, Dillon, Dakota, Branden, Haillie, Emily, Quentin, Rylie, Asher and Lyric; father, Jack Padilla and wife Fran of Grandberry, TX; mother, Lynn Padilla and boyfriend, Jay Trachte of Shenandoah, IA; brother, Doug Padilla of Shenandoah, IA; other relatives and many friends.
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