In Loving Memory…

Gayle Hoveland

Gayle Hoveland, 45, of Knob Noster, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City.

She was born August 5, 1971, in Kailua, HI, daughter of Galen “Smitty” Smitten and Doris (Weller) Smitten.

Gayle was a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

She had a heart for animals, especially armadillos, and expressed that love as former owner and operator of Crane Mountain Critter Ranch, a kennel for pets. She also enjoyed reading and wearing flip flops.

Gayle recently worked at Stars and Strikes Bowling Center at Whiteman Air Force Base. She was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, where she made many friends in recent years.

Surviving are her mother, Doris Smitten, of Sedalia; a daughter, Riley Hoveland, of Big Fork, MT; and two siblings, Marion Park (Rodney), of Hawaii, and Mark Davis (Ronda), of Knob Noster.

She was preceded in death by her father.

No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Luke’s Hospice House, in care of Heckart Funeral Home, Sedalia, MO.


  1. R. Glen Grusmark :

    Gayle was loved by many. Peace to her and her family.

  2. Shelly Field :

    I met Gayle for the first time while she worked at Stars and Strikes. Friendly and with a smile always on her face. We hit it off immediately !!! You are loved by many Gayle and will be greatly missed. Until we meet again my friend. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Suzie Collyer :

    My condolences to Gayle’s family and all of her friends. I hope her memory lives as a blessing to all.

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