Gayle Kenemore

Obituary of Gayle Kenemore

This world lost a beautiful and kind soul on March 12th, 2018 with the passing of Gayle Alison Stewart Kenemore, 49, of Las Vegas, Nevada. 


A glowing example of how to live life on your own terms, Gayle leaves us rich in memories, along with a legacy of joy, class, and love. Gayle was an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother. Those who knew Gayle personally knew her as caring, loving, unpredictable, and strong. And really, really badass. Even though our hearts are heavy, we know Gayle would want you to remember most the joy and passion with which she embraced her life, and be grateful she finally has peace and the freedom from pain she hasn’t had for more than two years. 


In November, Joe and Gayle learned her cancer was back; options for treatment were shrinking as the cancer and pain were growing, and Gayle finally told her bestie that she didn’t want to live this way anymore. Together, Joe and Gayle framed the last few months with as many trips as they could pack in, laughing loud and hard and grabbing every opportunity to enjoy their time together until the last moment. 


Gayle was tough when it came to her battle with cancer, but her default in life was kindness, love, and generosity. She leaves behind immeasurable smiles, and also her husband, who was blessed to be her best friend for 32 years, five beautiful and beloved children, two treasured grandchildren, two very spoiled dogs, and a reserve of so many great memories that those who knew her will never run out of good things to think about. 


Gayle was born March 3, 1969, in Fullerton, California, to Lamar and Esta Stewart. She grew up in Fullerton with her sister and brothers, Phyllis, Jeff, Pat, Kevin, and Tim. She attended Rolling Hills Middle School and Fullerton High School. Gayle was a cheerleader in the Pop Warner Football League in Fullerton, and it’s there that she met her soulmate Joe Kenemore. Later, she volunteered her time as a coach to younger cheerleaders. 


Joe and Gayle married and moved to San Diego while Joe was in the Navy, assigned to a ship at the 32nd Street Naval Station. After Joe’s service the family moved to St. George, Utah, and then to Las Vegas in 1999. They moved to Bluffdale, Utah, in 2009, but returned to their home in Las Vegas in 2014. Gayle served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Young Women organizations in both Las Vegas and Utah and has touched the lives of countless young women. 


She graduated from Euphoria School of Cosmetology, and practiced her art for many years. After Gayle joined her husband Joe as a partner in Cache Media Works, she kept her cosmetology license current, often providing stylist services for upscale photo and video shoots. Gayle was a survivalist her entire adult life. Her dedication to this lifestyle left a lasting impression—not to mention 60,000 pounds of food storage and a cache of survival items that would make anyone in a bad situation smile. And then there was Christmas. Gayle was this holiday’s biggest cheerleader, hands-down, to the extent that the entire family would batten the hatches as the holiday approached. Her favorite thing was to spoil her grandchildren and make sure they left the house kicking and screaming. She was interested in natural healing and was often surrounded by essential oils and healing stones.


Gayle’s spirit is carried on by her husband, Joseph B. Kenemore, of Las Vegas; son Corey Kenemore, of Las Vegas; daughter Brook and son-in-law Josel Renterria, of Las Vegas; son Cache and daughter-in-law Alexis Kenemore, of Las Vegas; son Carrick Kenemore, currently serving in the U.S. Army; son Chase Kenemore, of Las Vegas; and grandchildren Stella and Luken Josel Renterria, of Las Vegas. Gayle is also survived by her mother, Esta Mae Atkins, of St. George, Utah; her father, Lamar Harva Stewart, of Brea, California; siblings Phyllis (Scott) Barksdale, Jeffrey (Jenny) Stewart, Patrick Stewart, Kevin (Ashley) Stewart; and her devoted fur babies Daisy and Duke. She was preceded in death by a brother, Timothy Stewart. 


She leaves us rich in memories and better for having loved her. Gayle brought a spark of energy to every room she entered. We would love to have seen her entrance into the next realm. Go ahead and shake things up, pretty mama. Until we meet again, rest with peace and comfort, and bless those around you with your strength. We love you forever, and will miss you for always.