Gayle Anne Singer (née Fulton) passed away August 24, 2022, 49 days
prior to her 80th birthday. She had made her home in Florence, AZ, for the
past 6 years after moving from Westfield, Indiana. She was born October 3,
1942, at her parents’ small family farm near Washington, PA. This is where
she first learned to love horses as well as other farm animals, including
chickens. Her parents were Samuel Byron Fulton and Katherine Irene
Donson. She is survived by her husband, John Byron Singer, of 56 years,
two daughters- Ashley Elizabeth and Whitney Katherine and Whitney’s
husband Steven J. Tolle, all residents of Queen Creek, AZ.
She graduated from Trinity High School, Washington, PA, in 1960;
California State College, California, PA, in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science
in Education and Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, in 1974 with a Master
of Arts. She taught fifth and sixth grade elementary education for 30 years
in Harford County,MD; Washington,PA; South Milwaukee,WI; Massapequa,
NY and Westfield, IN. She claimed to be smarter than a fifth grader.
She was a lifelong lover of horses, gravitating to the American Morgan
Horse after she and her husband purchased their first Morgan in 1974.
When their daughter Whitney began showing Morgans, they became very
active in the Indiana Morgan Horse Club, Gold Cup Regional Morgan
Horse Championship, the American Morgan Horse Association as well as
the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show. During
that period, they also bred and showed Collies.
Gayle’s Morgan Horse contributions included Indiana Morgan Horse Club
Youth Director, American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Board of
Directors 2011 through 2016 and the National Museum of the Morgan
Horse Committee where she initiated the first Battle of the Buckets fund
raiser at the Morgan Grand National. She was an AMHA Youth of the Year
competition volunteer and groomed several Youth of the Year award
winners. She was cited as the 2006 AMHA Youth Person of the Year and in
2018 the Dr Albert Lucine Promoter Award.
As per her and Byron’s plans, she will be cremated and they have a burial
plot in Washington, PA. It is on a hilltop right next to her parents’ graves.
There will be a celebration of life memorial service on October 1st at 11:00
am at Gayle and Byron’s church Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in
Gold Canyon, AZ. The memorial service will be streamed on the internet for
those who cannot attend. All are welcome to come in person, but not
In lieu of flowers, etc, donations in her memory can be made to The Heart
That Gives Foundation. There will be a special donation link for Gayle on
their page: THTGF – The Heart That Gives Foundation. THTGF is a 501c3
organization that she had been very passionate about over the the last few
Gayle was one of a kind.