September 16, 1940 – August 9, 2017
Gail Mollison Wade passed away August 9, 2017 in Klamath Falls, Oregon after a brief battle with cancer. Born September 16, 1940 in Portland, Oregon to Van and Barbara Mollison, the family moved to Klamath Falls in 1946. That was the beginning of Gail’s love for the Klamath Basin. Gail was a proud member of the Klamath Union H.S. Class of 1958. She remained lifelong friends with several pelican classmates. Gail went on to study education at the University of Oregon.
In the summer of 1960, she met USAF Lieutenant, Fred Wade. The couple married on December 28, 1960 and began 57 years together. In January 1961, Fred and Gail moved to Seattle where they raised three children and were 32 year residents of Mercer Island. Gail was an active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church where she served on many committees but especially enjoyed the Altar Guild. Other interests included her P.E.O. chapter.
In 1993, Fred and Gail retired and happily returned to Klamath Falls. Gail and Fred enjoyed many summers at Lake of the Woods with family and friends. In Klamath, Gail was active in P.E.O., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and the Ross Ragland Theater. Whether it was Soup Group, Munch Bunch, or her book clubs, Gail loved her many friends in the Basin. She particularly enjoyed entertaining for any national day or event from Cinco de Mayo to Queen Victoria’s birthday. Her signature color was forest green, and she will be remembered for her sense of humor.
Gail is survived by husband, Fred Wade of Klamath Falls, mother, Barbara Mollison of Klamath Falls, brother, Richard (Maria) Mollison of Dunn Loring, VA, sister, Mary Mollison Coucher of Shanghai, children Mary (Tom) Heston of Spokane, Scot Wade (Tom Simplot) of Washington DC, Jake Wade (Rob Donovan) of Seattle, and grandchildren Matt, Mike (Brooke), Cecilia, and Alex Heston. Gail was a proud aunt and is survived by loving cousins.
Gail was preceded in death by her father, Van Mollison of Klamath Falls.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 on September 16th at St Paul’s Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Klamath Falls. Remembrances can be made to the Ross Ragland Theater or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in her honor.