Gail Barlow, formerly of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 30, 2018, in Medford, Ore. She was 89.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m., at First Baptist Church, 42013 Eggers Dr., in Three Rivers.
Gail was born in Spokane, Wash., on June 22, 1929, to Robert and Ethel MacDonald. Robert’s work with Prentice Hall Books brought the family to Glendale, Calif., where Gail finished high school and started college.
This is also where Gail met Clancy, the love of her life. Gail’s cousin, Allen MacDonald, a U.S. Marine, brought home a few friends one weekend from Camp Pendleton and introduced Gail to her future husband.
Gail and Clancy corresponded by mail while he was overseas. Upon Clancy’s return from Korea, the couple married on February 20, 1952.
Gail was a full-time mother, and she and Clancy raised their three sons in Simi Valley. They moved to Three Rivers in 1975 where Gail became active in the community.
She was a member of the Lady Lions, Firesiders, Three Rivers Travel Club, Three Rivers Senior League, and was the Queen Mother of the local chapter of the Red Hat Society. She attended the First Baptist Church in Three Rivers.
Gail previously owned and operated the Rocking Horse Gift Store in Three Rivers, as well as Stitchery by Gail. Gail and Clancy enjoyed traveling, both domestic and abroad, while running each business.
In later years, the couple traveled the western United States in their fifth-wheel trailer. Gail made new friends everywhere they went.
After their traveling years were over, some of their RV friends would schedule a detour through Three Rivers, where Gail would host them in her home.
She never lost her love of knitting and needlework. She knitted hats for the children in the cancer ward of the local hospital and made small needlework baskets in the shape of a bunny that she would put candy in to give to children. She had a light in her that shined brightest when
she was helping others.
Family was the most important part of Gail’s life. She loved having the entire family together.
But most of all she loved being with Clancy. They shared a special love that rarely comes along. They held hands always, and her eyes sparkled when he was in the room. As Alzheimer’s disease took her memories and she could no longer remember names, she referred to him as “my husband,” and they remained inseparable until the end.
Gail was preceded in death by her sister, Jacquelyn Ellis.
In addition to her husband of 67 years, Clancy Barlow, Gail is survived by her three sons, Lee “Tony” of Fort Bragg, Calif., Christopher “Kit” of Central Point, Ore., and Stephen of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Gail will be missed by all who knew her.