Gayla Robin Insley

Gayla Robin Insley

Portsmouth, VA
05.28.1956 - 02.05.2018
Portsmouth, Virginia

Gayla Robin Insley , a devoted wife and loving mother left us peacefully in her home on February 5, 2018 to take her rightful place in paradise.

Left to treasure her life is a son Shannon Insley and grand-daughter Reese; daughters Ashley Insley and partner Brandon Arthur, Hunter Lovelace(John); sisters Mary Sue McNew(Mac), Noelle Boothe(John); brothers William “Binkey” Jones(Cindy), Rowan Jones(Kathy). Gayla Robin was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband Charles Insley; her mother and father Lela Mae and Joseph Jones her brother Joseph Jones Jr. and also her beloved dog Dixie.

Gayla Robin had many passions in life, but the one most valued to her was her family and grand-daughter. One of her cherished joys in life was spending her free time at the beach and collecting her shells.

A celebration of Gayla Robin’s life will be held Thursday February 8, 2018 at 6:00pm in Baker-Foster Funeral Home, 5685 Lee Farm Lane, Suffolk Virginia. Condolences may be left for the family at

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Baker-Foster Funeral Home
5685 Lee Farm Lane
Suffolk, VA 23435
United States


I am so sorry to hear this. My thoughts, prayers, love and condolences to Shannon, Ashley and Hunter.

Ashley (Hatfield) Buckhannon

Sincere condolences to the family of Ms. Gayla Insley
for the loss of your dear loved one ....
no doubt she will be sadly missed , continue to share your memories of her ..
The God of all comfort invites you to allow him to help you get through this
difficult time... (1Peter 5:7) " while you throw all your anxiety on him ,
because he cares for you " ...
He cares and he wants to and will help you endure this as well as
any other trials you may face.....

Cee David

I am so sorry! Sending love to the family from Mississippi. ❤

Jenny Boyd

I am so sorry to hear this...thoughts and prayers for your family.

Lindsay Richardson

Fly high and free, my friend. Soar!

Travis Snyder Lee

We are so sorry to hear about Gayla Robin's passing.... Prayers for the family.

Sand Bunnies: Nancy Sebrell, Christi Rauscher, Lelia Tabor, Traci Halterman & Melinda Hoffman.

Sand Bunnie's Manteo, NC

Gayla is now in the loving arms of God who knew her before conception. She knows and feels nothing but love and joy. I will miss her, but am solaced knowing she wouldn't come back for anything now that she's in eternal bliss.

Keith Ricks

My condolences to the family. I pray both God's peace and comfort to you during this time and time to come.
Diane Woods (PDSS)

Diane Woods

So sorry to hear this news. What a wonderful woman Robin was. I am sure she is walking with her love of her life hand in hand now. My condolences to her wonderful children and grandchildren. She will be missed. God Bless her family.

Jeri Strait

Robin and I went to school together and lived in the same neighborhood.She was always a sweet person and loved her family.I would see her in Food Lion and we would catch up on all that was going on in our life.God has a special angel now and we will all ways miss her.I am praying to give you comfort . Robin will all ways be watching over you.

Diana Sandefur Bridgers

My condolences to the family and may God comfort you during this time. I had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Insley for the past 12 years. I was her direct supervisor when she retired from Portsmouth DSS. I remembered her talking about looking forward to retirement, spending her days traveling, going to the beach and her granddaughter being her pride and joy. I was sadden to her about her passing and she will truly be missed.

Brooke Wright

Sincere, heart felt condolences to the family of Ms. Gayla. Spending time with her family was what she loved to talk about. I know y'all will miss her. Rest well knowing she is resting now in the arms of the Lord and she is with the love of her life Charles.
Take care.

Vonda B. Danley

Condolences to the family of Gayla. I had the pleasure of working with Gayla a number of years at Portsmouth DSS. Please know that friends are praying for God's comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.

Zeler Raspberry, Retiree Portsmouth DSS

I am so sorry to hear about Robin. Her and Charley were my parents neighbors in the early years when I was growing up. They were always good to my parents. RIP Robin, you and Charles are finally back together.

Karen Johnson Austin

So sorry to hear about Gayla. We had some awesome times together at Social Services. I was with her when she found out she was pregnant with Hunter. We laughted until we cried. She is now with Charles and will be on that beautiful beach in Heaven. She was a wonderful friend and will be missed so much. Love to you all. God bless you. Love Sue

Sue Reynolds

What a truly amazing woman with a heart of gold! I always admired her as a mother and woman growing up. My prayers with the family in your loss.

Charity Strait-Wright

Charity Wright

We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for you all.

The Gibson Family

So long Gayla you were and are a gem who graced this world.
Condolences to your family.
Chris Bolen
Cradock '74

Chris Bolen

My heart felt condolences for your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing Gayla when I worked at DSS. Gayla was such a sweetheart. She loved her family dearly and cherished "her precious Reese". She was always sharing special stories about them. You now have another angel watching over you. She will truly be missed by so many.

Connie Shaw

So very heartbroken to learn of the loss of your mom! I know how much she was loved by her children.. Praying for you all at this time

Carol OBannon

I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are prayers are with you and your family.

Jackie Campbell

Praying for your family. You will truly be missed, Especially that beautiful smile! Thanks for the years we shared at PDSS. Only you could have packed the house on a Thursday! Forever in our hearts at PDSS.

Pacita Moore

Sorry to hear of your loss. There are many of us praying for you and your family. Take care of each other.

Kiym Ward

My heart is heavy, but I trust that God does all things well. I remember Gayla use to always
say to me : Loretta you are such a ray of sunshine: and now Gayla you will shine in God's
kingdom. I remember how much you loved your family, and I remember when we had a
good time at lunch. My friend forever.

Loretta Smith

This news broke my heart! Robin was a light to all and I have the best memories of us from school. Whenever we ran into each other it was like we had just seen each other the day before. I will miss seeing you around Robin, but you are in a wonderful place with the loves of your life. RIP my friend.
Susan Turner, '74

Susan Turner

Our deepest condolences and prayers to Shannon and your entire family from all of ours.
Michael Hirsch


May she be remembered for the joy and kindness that came with Gayla and may she rest in peace.

Bernie KIrsch

Love and peace to all loved ones. So many memories from the day you were born.

Peggy (Jordan) Wentz

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