Gayle Lynn (Copenhaver) Tustison

Gayle Lynn (Copenhaver) Tustison, 70, of Blue Springs, Mo, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2024, at Saint Mary’s Medical Center.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at 10:00am, at Heartland Cremation and Burial Society located at 6113 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Raytown, Mo. Funeral Services will begin at 11:00am with burial at Brooking Cemetery located at 10004 E. 53rd Street, Raytown, Mo 64133.

Gayle was born on May 20, 1953, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Bruce R and Deloras M (Bowman) Copenhaver.

As a teenager, Gayle was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for girls. She then graduated from East High School in the class of 1971. She went on to start a family and began working at GM Leeds Plant as an Assembly Operator.

Gayle loved God, Church and being around others. Her passions included her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well as her sister, crocheting and playing games on her computer. She loved her dogs Dodi and Bella Ruth as well as her cat, Sox.

Gayle was proceeded in death by her husband, James D. Tustison, her parents, siblings Gina R. Overman, Garry B. Copenhaver and Gregory J. Copenhaver, as well as her nephews Christopher R. Overman and Aaron C. Overman.

Gayle is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth A. Herrington of Blue Springs, Mo, Audra D and Bonner Williams of Flemington, Mo as well as her son, Paul E III and Cara M Vaughn of Milford, KS. Her siblings, Gloria R Copenhaver of Kearney, Mo and Fred W Copenhaver of Weston, Mo. Grandchildren DeeAnn, Samuel, Nathenuel, Mikayla, Thea, Phoebe and Lisa and Great-Grandchildren, Avery, Wyatt, Everleigh, Roman and Madden as well as multiple nieces and nephews.

Psalm: 46:10 Be still and know that I am God!


  1. Sean Stonham on January 15, 2024 at 1:10 pm

    Im so sorry for your family’s loss. Gayle was always kind and loving. She treated me like I was family and I greatly appreciated that. She is in a much better place now free of pain and suffering. Im sure she is looking down just waiting for the rest of us.

  2. Sharon Kidwell on January 15, 2024 at 2:05 pm

    We are missing one amazing person! Her friendship meant the world to me. She loved and accepted people without hesitation. She wore her heart on her shirtsleeve so her feelings were hurt quite often but she never said anything. Our slumber parties we had together or on FACETIME were epic. We felt, laughed and acted like teenagers. I’m going to miss being called sissy. But as much as it hurts that you are gone I’m so glad you’re home honey. I love you?

  3. Sandra Kincaid (Carnahan) on January 15, 2024 at 8:38 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Laurinda Armer on January 15, 2024 at 9:08 pm

    To all the family, Children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister, nieces and nephews, my sincere condolences to you all. I know you all will miss Gayle as will many extended family and friends. Hugs to you all!

  5. Margie Bramon on January 15, 2024 at 9:43 pm

    Prayers for you and your family. May Gayle be received in the loving hands of her Lord and rest in peace

  6. Steve Engel on January 16, 2024 at 9:51 pm

    Prayers. God got an angel I’m sure. Big hugs friend.

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