On July 2, 1955, Gail married Chester “Chet” Ryan. Chet had a career in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at several bases. They had three children: son, James Jackson “Jack” (Julie), son, Richard Alan “Kepha” (Aron), and daughter, Lisa Kaye Strickland (Roger).
After the death of her husband in 1971, Gail furthered her education and graduated from Chico State University with a bachelor’s degree in business. In 1984, she went to work for the U.S. Forest Service in public information and human resources, where she had many fond memories.
In 2002, Gail moved to Moab, Utah, to be with her widowed sister, Doris “Deborah” Taylor, who preceded her in death in 2009.
Gail had a devout faith in the Creator and took the baptism name Abigail Jael. She loved to draw and paint when she was younger, read and study the scriptures, but the love she had for her family was her greatest joy.
She leaves behind her youngest sister, Vicki Lynn “Annie”; three children; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Elisheba Zarahiah and her children, who took great care of “Abigail,” whom she loved as her own.
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