Ila Gail Hollander, 85, passed on to be at home with her Lord Monday, April 7, 2014. Her daughter was present when she passed on at her then residence in Klamath Falls, Ore. She was born June 10, 1928 to Frank and Annebelle Church and was raised in the Roseburg/Camas area.
Gail attended Southern Oregon College to become a primary educator and soon met Samuel H. Hollander, whom she later married. They moved to Tulelake, Calif. where she worked with the migrant school and Merrill Elementary School students. She would have a son, Sam Hollander, born in Klamath Falls, Ore. and a daughter, Bonnie Campbell, born in Rupert, Idaho.
About 1957 the family moved to the Rogue Valley, and while Sam worked as carpenter and an orchardist, Gail taught primary grades in the Medford-area schools, accumulating some 30 years as a classroom educator. They were known far and wide for growing some of the best tree-ripe peaches available. These times were among the best with family activities and hobbies including fishing trips, hunting, bird hunting, gardening, crafts, and crocheting afghans.
She was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and an advocate of the retention of personal freedoms. Gail enjoyed many friends including her best friend, Helen Miller, and her family and greatly enjoyed her many nieces and nephews from the Aikins, Hollander, and Quackenbush families. Many memories were had and many photos were taken as photography was a knack she used well. Gail also enjoyed attending worship and contributed much time helping those in need. Even as she grew weaker, she would still rally to the needs of others and put them before her own.
Gail is survived by her son, Sam; daughter-in-law, Nickki; granddaughters, Samantha Burris and Jennifer Ware; and great-grandson, Christopher Ware. She is also survived by her daughter, Bonnie, and son-in-law, Mike, whom she later moved to Klamath Falls to be with as her illness progressed. Also surviving are two sisters, Billie Quackenbush (Ronald) of Medford, Ore. and Doris Aikins of Paisley, Ore. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel H. Hollander, February 8, 1988, and sister, Patty Crow.
It would be Gail's wish that memorial donations be made to the Klamath Falls Senior Center Meals on Wheels to help carry on her desire to help others. Gail's sense of humor and love of music and people prevailed throughout her life and until her last moments. She had a life strongly lived and was an inspiration to us all.
Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at Hillcrest Memorial, 2201 N. Phoenix Rd., Medford, Ore.
Brandon Forsyth will officiate.