‘For Better or Worse,’ 2016 Caregiver of the Year takes wedding vows to heart
When Gayle Towles said his wedding vows, “for better or worse and in sickness and in health,” he meant every word. He just had no idea it would mean becoming a caregiver for not only his first wife, but his second wife, too.
Towles retired early in 1989 as a teacher and head basketball coach at Ben Davis High school to take care of his high school sweetheart and wife, Donna, who was fighting colon cancer. He never left her side, taking her to appointments, giving her herbal treatments, and keeping her comfortable. Cancer took her life in 1996. They had been married 42 years.
“When she died, I felt like I died, too,” he said.