Gaye Elise Wise passed away peacefully on November 11, 2017 surrounded by friends and family at Veranda Senior Living in Meridian, Idaho.
Gaye was born December 14, 1936 in Galion, Ohio, the third child of Eugene M. Wise and Martha Boren Wise. She lived in Marion, Ohio during her early years, graduating from Warren G. Harding High School in 1954. She moved to Provo, Utah, attended BYU and later moved to Salt Lake City where she was employed as a personal secretary in the L.D.S. Church.
She married Robert Earl Carlisle in April 1957. Following their divorce, she married Robert Eric Lee in 1965. This marriage ended in divorce. Gaye moved to Arlington, Virginia and began working for the Federal government in various roles within several departments, including the Consumer Protection Agency, Department of the Treasury and the White House. Her extraordinary common sense and dedication to helping others earned her many commendations.
Gaye loved her years in Washington, DC, enjoying the culture and making lifelong friends but moved to Boise to be closer to family. In Idaho, she went to work for the US Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation, retiring in 1987.
Especially important to her was her conversion to Judaism and being welcomed into Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel where she was a valued and active member.
Gaye was a fiercely independent, intelligent, vibrant and strong woman who loved a wide range of music, enjoying classical recordings, Elvis Presley and country music. She was an accomplished pianist, loved to sing and harmonized beautifully with others. Even in her later years, she was usually humming.
An imaginative and excellent cook, she loved hosting parties and trying new recipes. Her passion for decorating and design, fashion and organizing resulted in beautiful homes and personal elegance. She enjoyed the intellectual challenges of adult study classes on current issues and loved to play mahjong. Many younger women were mentored by Gaye, as she encouraged and supported them to find and follow their hearts. And her penmanship was exquisite!
Gaye was preceded in death by her parents, brother Boyd Wise, and sisters Cheryl and Diane Wise Grant. She is survived and loved by her many nephews and nieces, cousins and a large extended family. Special thanks to the caring staff at Treasure Valley Hospice and Veranda for their remarkable care and love.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 15, at 11:00 a.m. at Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah St., Boise. Graveside services will be held after the service at Morris Hill Cemetery. There will be a Meal of Consolation held after the graveside service at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, 11 N. Latah St., Boise. Memorial contributions can be made to Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, 11 N. Latah, Boise, ID 83706, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
This genuine, magnificent and accomplished woman will truly be missed by her family and many, many friends.