March 26, 1967 ~ February 19, 2020

Born in: Denver, CO
Resided in: Denver, CO

On the bright and sunny Easter/ Resurrection Sunday afternoon of March 26, 1967, Christel Elizabeth Gayles was delivered into the loving arms of her parents Robert and Julia Gayles, in Denver, Colorado. She was educated in the Denver Public School System, having attended Mitchel and Steck Elementary, Cole Jr. High and was a proud graduate of Manual High School class of 1985. While she was in high school she became interested in her family history. When she discovered that her maternal great grandmother’s name was Queen, she legally added Queen to her name.

Serving God was an important part of Christel’s life from an early age. She was raised in the Christian faith at New Hope Baptist Church. As a child, Christel was active in the children and youth programs; under the leadership of devoted church workers like Bessie Hill, Ora V. Smith, Leordie Clark, and others, Christel learned to love the Lord and serve his people. She joined the Usher Board as a young adult. When she was unable to attend church regularly because of her work schedule, Christel would support her mother in completing tasks that called for her computer skills. In that capacity, her unofficial title was designated as the Satellite Ministry. Christel would produce flyers, program designs and other support documents for the Majestic Praise Choir under the leadership of her cousin Daryl J. Walker. Additionally, she worked with the Annual Women’s Day committees doing program design and layout. She loved being in church, helping with events, locking the doors on Sunday’s after church or whatever was needed. Christel took pride in her work for the Lord.

Over the years, Christel demonstrated a strong work ethic. She began her world of work with US Bank in April 1987-September 2000. As an excellent driver, Christel drove for Fifth Avenue in Style Limousine from 2000-2003. In September 2003, Christel began working for the Transportation Department for Denver Public Schools. She began as a Bus Driver and ended her career as an Athletic and Excursions Supervisor in 2018. She later worked for a short period for Amazon prior to her passing.

Christel always had a big personality. As a child, she never met a stranger. She had the natural ability to make people feel comfortable, welcomed and cared for. Wise beyond her years, she would speak truth with a large portion of humor, leaving you with a new perspective on any situation. People naturally gravitated towards her. She will always be remembered as a woman with a big heart. Christel’s presence when she entered a room was amazing. It was something to see how she could connect with anyone from any background. She was genuine and authentic and carried herself with class, grace, and was generally the best dressed in the room.

A woman of many talents, Christel would set her mind to learning or doing something and she refused to be defeated. She taught herself how to cut hair, restore computers, and she downloaded over 700 CDs to her computer, which eliminated the need to keep the discs.

For a woman who never married she had a husband, her childhood friend Sammie Gaskins. They declared their marital status as husband and wife when they were children. For a woman who never gave birth to a child, Christel had many children. She loved children and they loved her. One of her first kids was six years old when Christel became her Auntie. Devindra Randell was the beginning of a group of beautiful young people that called her Auntie and the numbers have grown to 12.

Family was priority for Christel. She was very close to her mother, who she referenced as her best friend. They spent a lot of time together traveling, laughing, attending events and sharing life. She was known as the official bartender for most events held at her mother’s residence. Christel was loving and protective of her mother, who she relied on for sound advice and encouragement. Christel made herself available to support her younger cousins in their athletic and academic endeavors, supporting fund raisers and giving them encouragement and instructions on life skills. She liked to have fun but was also a no nonsense kind of girl. She made it a priority to touch base with family and friends regularly.

God’s timing is always perfect. A little over 10 years ago information was revealed that Christel might have a younger brother. She set out to find him with the hope of developing a relationship. After patient pursuit, she was able to connect with her brother Christopher Elliott Hall. Over the years they have become very close. Christopher said, I will always remember all of the great times we had together going out to eat or running around places meeting people and finding old and new friends….Christel My Sister, My Friend, My Protector, My Counselor, My Right Hand In Life.”

Christel departed this life on February 19, 2020. She was proceeded in death by her father Robert Gayles and godson Paul Ferguson. Left to cherish her memory is her mother Julia Gayles, her brother Christopher Hall, step sister Tiffany Bramwell, Dallas, TX. aunties Betty Slaughter, Carrie Gayles, Clara (Edward) Holloway all of Denver, Elizabeth Gayles of Richmond, CA, uncle Frederick Gayles Sr. of Denver; God Parents Wilma and Wellington Webb, Godchildren Devindra (Teriq) Williams, Shahid Hoover, Tamia & Jordan McGee, Nadia and Monet Sanders, Brett Slaughter, Yasmine Mac Neal, Winter Williams, St. Louis, MO. Jackson McCormick, Tulsa, OK, Logan (Light Bright) Pogue, best friend Tamu Stegall, her family united by love Bertha Washington, Tara Washington Everette, and Ajuanya Washington of Denver, CO, Charles Ferrell, and Joell McCormick, both of Tulsa, OK, a host of cousins other relatives, and loyal friends.

Services

Visitation: March 3, 2020 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

New Hope Baptist Church
3701 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

(303) 322-5200

Celebration of Life: March 4, 2020 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

New Hope Baptist Church
3701 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

(303) 322-5200

Reception: March 4, 2020 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

New Hope Baptist Church
3701 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

(303) 322-5200

Room: Family Life Center

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    • My friend, I’ve known for along time. When I first heard of this I was devastated. I rember when we were younger and I thought you were so mean, but that was not true at all, She was a Big Teddy Bear, that I learned if she didn’t bother you, it wasn’t her…I will miss my Dear friend, and hope to see you again

  1. We all grew up together at New Hope Baptist Church. We’re so sorry for your loss. Your family will remain in our prayers.
    The Blakely Family

  2. Christel I am truly going to miss your smile and jokes when you are around. I love you and your outstanding personality. You will truly be miss.

  3. Our prayers and love go out to Julia and Christel’s family. We love you and will continue to pray for you during the days ahead.
    Carolyn and Luskey Degrafinried

  4. Ms. Julia,
    We are praying for you, your family, and all the many friends that Christle had. She was so loving and kind and made everyone feel like you were her best friend. That is the kind of person Christle was.

    She will be dearly missed for she possessed such a larger than life presence. I know that Queenie is at peace now, so that gives me peace.

    Rest easy my friend, the QUEEN.

  5. Thank you Christle for the fun short time that we spent together on the School Buses and at Elitches. Your sense of humor will truly be missed.
    Ms. Julia,
    I am truly upset and sadden for your loss. My thought and prayers are with you at this very, very hard time.

    Rest in Heaven Queen.

  6. The last time i seen Christel was before Christmas at Mr. A’s . I will cherish that last time partying with my sister. May God Bless you Mom Julia and the rest of the family.

  7. Julia , I am so sad , I bumped into her at an event, during the late fall , had a wonderful conversation as usual , Christel was such a special person, Rest In Peace , Dear Spirit.

    • CQ,
      You will never know how much your friendship means to me. I will always love you and miss you dearly my sweet friend.
      Ms. Julia,
      My sincere condolences to you and the family. I will continue to pray for you during this difficult time. I am so sorry for the loss of our Queen. God Bless You.

  8. Rest in power my childhood friend all the way back to Steck Elementary School. You’ll be sadly missed but never forgotten!

  9. Dear Julia
    May God sustain you. Your beautiful daughter Chrystal rests eternally with Jesus.
    Love you
    Juniel Butler aka Tomi Jean

    • My dear sweet friend,
      So many memories…talks…laughs and rides around town just to hear me vent about my wild crazy life…I know right now you’re probably looking down at me like Girllll…I love you friend and im so heartbroken. I pray for your mom and siblings and all the many people’s lives you touched. May you transcend into paradise and brighten the Heavens like you did here on Earth…Love you C! Infinity +2!

  10. Julia, senting my deepest condolences to you and family. CHRISTEL HAS HER
    WINGS NOW “FLY,FLY, MAY
    GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS
    YOU JULIA.

  11. Julia, I am so sorry to hear this. We go so far back. I PRAY THAT GOD’S presence be with you in this difficult time. Know this that ” weeping may endure for a night, but His Joy cometh in the morning “.

    • Ms Julia, my mom and I are so so very sorry for your loss. I’ve known Cristel since we were kids. I remember all of us walking to school from her grandmother’s house, she going to Cole Elementary School, me and my brother and Cristel’s cousins going to Annunciation Catholic School. Fun times. She will be truly missed.

  12. Christel – You were “Larger than Life”.. We grew up together at the Old New Hope, enjoying all of the activities of the Youth Choir and Youth Fellowship. I will remember you as always having a smile, always helping other people and being a Devoted Daughter to your Mother, Julia Gayles. Rest in Peace.

  13. My life long beautiful friend, the reality is still far fetched; I will FOREVER be indebted for your sincere words of encouragement and support. You so selflessly gave to so many, pushing many to know the worth and value of ones self, never too busy to love, never too selfish to give and I so sincerely apologize that I couldn’t return the favor! Forgive for not being as good to you as you had been to so many!

    Rest in love,
    Nette

  14. Julia and Betty, my sincere condolences to you both and your family. Christel Q was truly special. My love and prayers for your peace at this difficult time. Remember to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. God Bless You.

  15. Dear Julia, my heart is broken. Christel was my youngest play daughter, she worked in the attendance office at Manual High School as my student assistance. My love and prayers are with you and the family.

  16. My Dear Friend,

    You was always full of joy and full of laughter. I never remember you without a smile, a hug, a kind word, or a joke. You will be missed so very much, and you will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew you.

    Ms. Julia, I know the heartbreak of losing a child and burying a child. The pain is unbearable, but God got me through it. I will keep you uplifted in prayer and I’m here if you want to talk.

    All My Love,

    Valmy

  17. Ms. Julia,
    My condolences in the loss of your precious “Queen”. You are in my prayers. My love to you and your family.
    Blanche

  18. Ms. Julia,
    My condolences in the loss of your precious “Queen”. You are in my prayers. My love to you and your family.
    Blanche

  19. I met Christel during the preparation for the 2012 New Hope Women’s Day celebration. From that point onward, she was a bright light at so many church and local events. She was a wonderful bright light that was so fun to laugh and talk with. I wish Ms. Julia all of my deepest condolences.
    May God Bless You and Your Family!
    Adriene Thompson

  20. My friend, what comes to mind when i think about you is you cruising on your three Wheeler back in the day. You have a spirit that I will never forget. You are amazing and i will never forget you!

  21. Dear family,
    Yes, she was a bright light! She was always shining when I saw her. I saw her as a delightful and happy child. There were times when someone would walk up behind me, cover my eyes, say “Guess who?”,
    and giggle. It was Christel, you see I was her 4th grade teacher at Steck Elementary. I enjoyed having her as my student. I am sorry that she has transitioned to her Heavenly body at such a young age but I realize
    that GOD doesn’t make errors. Family, you will find comfort in Revelations 21:4. KJV.
    You are in my prayers.
    Warmly,
    Karen Griffie Henderson

  22. Julia, remember Footprints in the Sand.. lean on Jesus..let him carry you through. Christel is a peace.. at rest..and you will see her again..
    My sympathy to you and the entire family.

  23. To the Gayle’s Family… My Mother Patricia Calloway & I Cindy Fisher are sending our sincere Prayers & Condolences to you & all who knew Christel… May she rest in peace … Christel you have your crown & wings… Fly high…

  24. Rest In Peace Queen! I recall and reflect on wonderful memories from the Gaylord Street neighborhood of you Trice, Benji and Sissy…all the kids riding their bikes, playing, and dancing in the streets. I reflect on watching you mature into an honorable, generous, loving, supportive teen and adult. The neighborhood in all four directions cherished and loved you. I am grateful for all the wonderful memories; which shall live in all of our minds and hearts forever. Thanks for blessing our lives with your fun-loving, dynamic beautiful spirit. See you at the Crossroad Divine Queen! Love, hugs, and many blessings Julia and the Gayle Family from 2020 Gaylord Street…we are holding you close in your thoughts, hearts, and prayers.

  25. Your beautiful spirit will dwell in the hearts of all you touched and interacted with. A warm soul that always had positive words of encouragement for those in need.
    I will never forget the encouraging words you gave me when I was in the darkness!
    You will be missed Big Cris, spread your wings you are an angel in the realm of Our Lord and Saviour!!!

  26. A childhood of memories that will always be cherished… and a contagious laugh that will be carried on for a lifetime. RIP Christel Gayles. You will forever be remembered.

    Julia and family keeping you all close to heart and in prayer.

  27. Ms. Julia I send my love to you that my friend Christel is gone. But she went to be with the Lord, I will miss her smile and laugh and jokes and when she sees you she always give us a hug and ask us how I am doing and feeling. When I received the news I was so upset but Ms. Julia I send my love to you I will truly miss her so much. Doris McGregor

  28. Always nice and sweet! I remember our last conversation was about music and how you don’t listen to music in the car. Pretty funny conversation. You will truly be missed💕

  29. My Boo..My FRIEND. MAY U REST IN PEACE. We had a special bond from day one. I WILL NEVER FORGET ALL THE LAUGHTER AND TALKS WE SHARED. YOU ARE ONE IN A MILLION..TRULY. I LOVE AND MISS U FOREVER ..MY BOO..MY FRIEND

  30. Words cannot even Express how I feel right now over you no longer being around. We havent spoke in awhile but the Love never stopped. You were bigger than life and I thank you for all you did for me. Thank You for the Laughs the ups and downs as we were just becoming adults and shared our Brother and Sister time.
    Rest zin Oeace forever and My continued Prayers for Momma Julia and Family. Thank You all for all you did for me while I lived in Colorado.

  31. Rest well sister no more pain you’ve always been my sister friend I gonna miss you so much. I will rejoice in the time I shared with you nothing but the best memories you will forever be in my 💖 my Queen!!!

  32. My heart is heavy, my sister is gone but NEVER forgotten ❤️❤️ I hold close to my heart, every conversation we’ve had, laugh shared and joy you’ve placed in my life. I love you Christel

    • Ms Julia, my mom and I are so so sorry for your loss. May Cristel rest in the arms of Jesus now. You and your family are in our prayers.

  33. Christal you were definitely one in a billion. No matter what was going on I will forever remember that smile and laugh. Thank you for being such a beautiful friend.

  34. Ms Julia, my mom and I are so so very sorry for your loss. I’ve known Cristel since we were kids. I remember all of us walking to school from her grandmother’s house, she going to Cole Elementary School, me and my brother and Cristel’s cousins going to Annunciation Catholic School. Fun times. She will be truly missed.

  35. Still feels like dream. So sorry for your loss my prayers are with u always. We had worked together at Denver Public Schools.

  36. Christel
    I will miss & always remember your Smile, and the Laughs your humor brought every time we saw each other.

    Peace Be With You

  37. She was such a sweet person. She was there for me when my mother passed. I didn’t know how I was going to be able to keep it together but, in her own special way I was able to get through it. Please accept my condolences and prayers for you and your family.

    • I am so sadden by the loss of “Queen” she was a protector and would never allow anyone around her to feel sad. She had a unique way of cheering you up. She was a great listener and gave great advice. A real smooth operator and I am going to miss her dearly. I pray the family can find comfort in the lord. Bless you all. ♥️

  38. To my amazing cousin, you will be greatly missed. Your presence filled the room and added such vibrant life! Gone too soon, but never forgotten.

  39. I’ll miss you. Going about my day and an alert would pop-up telling me there was a video message from you. I’ll miss your support of me navigating my way at a new church and a new role. I’ll miss our private talks about life and moving into our 50’s. I’ll miss your hugs of support to my youngest daughter as she made her way through high school in this new city. I’ll miss your laugh. Laughter of joy, comfort and ease. There was a light when you entered the room that didn’t say I’m here but rather what do you need me to do.
    Like everyone, I will just miss you. Everything there was about you and everything there was yet to come.
    May the light you left behind comfort your mother and brighten the void left in your friends and family.

  40. Dearest Cristel, so now you have your wings spreading your hugs and laughter around heaven.
    Rest peacefully in Heaven you will be missed!

  41. Christel, the epitome of “Friend” Proverbs 18:24
    A friend who is closer than a Brother. Faithful, steadfast, unmoveable… Miss you Much Cousin,
    Dinah Coleman &
    Family ❤️

  42. Christel, I will miss everything about you! I’ll always treasure our times at Manual High School in the concert band with Mr. Avis, going to mom’s house during lunch to eat her famous fried chicken and all the precious hugs you gave me every time I saw you at New Hope. I will love and miss you forever my sister. Rest in Peace Queen.

    Julia, I am in constant prayer for you and the entire family.

  43. Matt. 5:3 _—— Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
    My prayers are that the Holy Spirit comfort the family during this challenging time.

  44. This is so heartbreaking to hear. I have known you and Ms. Julia since the first day I walked into New Hope Baptist Church (2005). Such a Beautiful, Kind, Funny, Warm, and a Gentle Soul. You were there for me when I lost Dell, and made sure I didn’t want for anything. My heart is breaking that I just found out I lost my Friend. Thank you for Being a dear close friend to Dell, and many others that you have graced. Including myself. My deepest, deepest many prayers are for Ms. Julia. I Love you always Christel. Walk with the Lord, Beautiful Angel. And please give a hug from me to Dell. See you again Friend-Ayisha

  45. You will be so missed. I enjoyed the stories you shared with Light bright you certainly did brighten his life and many others. I can’t tease you about coming up to the school sharp as the best pencil in school. God has you in the kingdom now.

  46. Sorry to hear of the loss of Christel. My condolences to her family~including her auntie Ms. Linda. She was a kind person. The last time I saw her she was working at the mortuary giving comfort to others and being helpful. May her family find comfort from the words of Christ himself who tells us at John 5:21 that “…just as the Father raises the dead up and makes them alive, so the Son also makes alive whomever he wants to.” He goes on to state further at John 5:28,29 to “…not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out….”

  47. From the first day I talked you on the phone you were so gracious and kind my prayers go out to your family transportation will always miss you!! Thanks for being my friend Wanda

  48. So very sorry to hear the very sad news. Julia Gayles and family you are in my prayers and thoughts. God Bless you all.
    Mrs. Flora Brown, wants the family to know that she is sincerely heart broken, and sends her Love and prayers to you Julia Gayles and all. She wants you to know that she had a personal loving relationship with Crystal and will miss her termendously. God Bless.

  49. My Biggie…💔😭 I I’d & Love You!!! I wish if Nothing ELSE you seen the Beauty we seen you I wish you a happy Paradise love you I do. Rest Tired Soul!!! 😍😭💔

  50. Christaaaaaal – In my spanish voice as I would always tell you every morning that I called your extension to fill you in on what our day would be like. May you rest peacefully. I’m sure you entered those gates of gold and are walking along the golden paved roads looking all snazzy as you loved to dress up. May god provide your family comfort and peace. Until we meet again chica.

  51. I remember u from back in the day. And I can’t remember u ever having a bad word or anything for anyone u came in Contact with. You were such an outgoing spirit. And I pray that you are finally resting. May God have your heart and soul. Make him laugh like you did us…

    You will be missed!

  52. May the hearts of all the friends and family find comfort at this time… my mother and I send our deepest condolences to Miss Julie and to the families and friends who were surrounded by the larger than life energy of Christel Gayle!

    We went to junior high and high school together and it was a joy watching her be a beast on the basketball court. I remember making her laugh I remember annoying her the way only a younger sibling could do. I could look at this picture and just by seeing her smile I can hear her laugh!
    “Rigmaiden! You play too much!”

    As I know that most of her friends and family are Christians, so one thing that has been helping my heart is to stop asking questions that only God has the answer to in this situation. However, the answer is always love and the love that we have for Christel lies in the memories and the laughter that we share together.

  53. May the hearts of all the friends and family find comfort at this time… my mother and I send our deepest condolences to Miss Julie and to the families and friends who were surrounded by the larger than life energy of Christel Gayle!
    We went to junior high and high school together and it was a joy watching her be a beast on the basketball court. I remember making her laugh I remember annoying her the way only a younger sibling could do. I could look at this picture and just by seeing her smile I can hear her laugh!
    “Rigmaiden! You play too much!”

    Since I see most of her friends and family are Christians, one thing that has been helping my heart is to stop asking questions that only God has the answer to in this situation. However, the answer is always love and the love that we have for Christel lies in the memories and the laughter that we all share together.

  54. I didn’t know Christel for long but every time I saw her she had a smile on her face and something funny to say! Ms. Julia my prayers are with you!

  55. I watched you grow up from across the street and you grew up to be an amazing person rest in peace my love will miss you dearly Sandra and her family across the street at 2020 Gaylord

  56. Words cant describe how I felt when I got the news, I am still at a lost for words. I will miss seeing you when I come to visit and our video chats. No more pain Rest in love, Your Lil cousin Shakera. ❤

  57. To the Family and Friends of Christel Queen Elizabeth Gayles

    Please allow me to express my condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. The pain and sorrow experienced during this difficult time can be overwhelming. However, I am often comforted by the words found in God’s word, the Bible. For instance, when grieving the loss of his dear friend Lazarus, the Bible reports that “Jesus gave way to tears.” (John 11:35). What is even more comforting is the fact that Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, and so like Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters, the Bible expresses the hope of the resurrection whereby we may see our loved ones again. (Read John 11:38-44; 5:28, 29). What a marvelous hope.

    May Jehovah God grant you peace during this time and provide comfort for you and your loved ones.

    Sincerely,

    Jeanine W.

    Link to download the tract Can the Dead Really Live Again?
    https://download-a.akamaihd.net/files/media_books/c4/T-35_E.pdf

  58. Truly one of a kind! I will miss that smile, those warms hugs, & your genuine loving spirit Ms. Christel.
    Rest in Paradise my friend. Pooka….

  59. I was so saddened to hear about your passing, I loved our spirit you were a great person and so friendly. We were once neighbors for a few years and you and your Mom were the sweetest people.
    I will miss you and love ya rest easy!!!
    Latonya (Tiny)

  60. Always gave me a big smile and a hug every time you saw me even when I was a kid. RIP to a beautiful soul and person, you will be missed.

  61. Like a comet
    Blazing ‘cross the evening sky
    Gone too soon
    Like a rainbow
    Fading in the twinkling of an eye
    Gone too soon
    Shiny and sparkly
    And splendidly bright
    Here one day
    Gone one night
    Like the loss of sunlight
    On a cloudy afternoon
    Gone too soon
    Like a castle
    Built upon a sandy beach
    Gone too soon
    Like a perfect flower
    That is just beyond your reach
    Gone too soon
    Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight
    Here one day
    Gone one night
    Like a sunset
    Dying with the rising of the moon
    Gone too soon
    Gone too soon

  62. I’m going to miss you so much my friend. Whatever the may have been is no more. I will love you forever in Jesus name. Till we see each other again my friend in my memories and prayers you will be.

    👊🏾❤️MUCH LOVE❤️👊🏾

  63. Angel of God our guardian dear to whom the Lord commits us here, ever this day be at Christel’s side to light to guard to rule to guide.
    Light her path to you Jesus. Hold her tightly.

  64. Our condolences to Ms. Julia and family! Christel was always so kind and caring to everyone. She was a dear friend to many and left her loving footprints along the way. We are praying for your family.

  65. You will forever be in our hearts. I am grateful to have known you and had the opportunity to call you my friend. Love you and see you again!!

  66. Julia, I’m deeply saddened about the transition of Christel.

    I have sooooooo many wonderful, happy memories of Christel.

    I hope you remember me. I was in Mile High Bankers years ago. Mile High Bankers is how you and Christel entered my life.

    I’m praying Julia, for you and ALL your family 🙏🏾🙏🏾

    I’m praying you feel God’s comfort during this journey.

  67. Although your daughter’s life was short she lived it to the full and blessed many people. God will comfort you at this painful moment as you prepare to live without her beautiful smiles in the days to come. My sincere condolences to you all. I’m not sure if you remember me, I was Marva Coleman’s Hairstylist.

  68. Que, I’m going to miss you so much…you’re forever in my heart.
    Momma Julia, I pray that the Lord blesses you with the strength to carry on your journey with Chris.

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