NORTHUMBERLAND—Reverend Gayl Ardine Fowler, 80, departed this life from labor to reward on Monday, October 25, 2021.
She was born in Port Angeles, Wash., on June 4, 1941. As a longtime resident in Northumberland County, she cared deeply about her community and worked to combine her devotion to serving God and her devotion to ensuring everyone had equal access to God’s blessings. Her passion for service and education led to many works and publications centered on environmental justice and racial justice.
In 1989, she was the founder of SAIF Water Wells Inc., an organization instrumental in cleaning up contaminated wells and the rehabilitation and replacement of older homes through grants, state and federal funding. She also served as a member of numerous state and national boards on rural health and well water.
Her passion for sharing in her work led her to educate others about through her numerous printed publications including her final writing, Written In Our Hearts: African Americans of Northumberland County Virginia.
Her desire to serve combined vocation with her calling in her role as denominational services assistant in church/state relations for the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Relations in Washington, D.C. In addition, this work led her around the world on countless mission trips reaching and touching thousands of lives.
She served in numerous congregations across Northumberland and Lancaster counties, where most recently she served as an associate minister at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Heathsville.
Her innumerable educational activities and reflective writings are what carry on her legacy and her memory with her family and friends locally and across the world.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 20, at the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 14476 Northumberland Highway, Burgess, with the Rev. Dr. Linwood Blizzard II, senior pastor of Macedonia Baptist, Heathsville, officiating.