Gail Irene Jaeger, 74, a life long resident of Oak Harbor, lost her battle to scleroderma on Nov. 10, 2017 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Living Word Church.
Gail was born in Oak Harbor on Oct. 8, 1943 to Henry and Ena Case and grew up on the Case family farm with her three sisters: Norma, Bev and Sheila. She attended Oak Harbor High School, graduating in 1961.
She married her “Honey” (Chuck) on Nov. 4, 1961 and started their 56year journey together.
This journey would take them through multiple self-employment careers, always working side by side, including vending supply, commercial fishing and culminating with owning and operating Woodbee Christmas Tree Farm. Together they had three children: Jim Jaeger (Michelle), Kim Jaeger, Kari Jaeger Bull (Dell Bull); nine grand children: Cole, Rachelle, Spencer, Cooper, Kasaun, Gina, Jaeger, Caleb, Mya and 10 “greats” (as she called her great-grandchildren).
She had a passion for travel and people, making friends everywhere she went. Some of the many places she visited were Africa, New Zealand, China, Europe, Australia, Thailand, Alaska by motor home, annual camping and fishing in Eastern Washington and many winter trips to Hawaii. Gail was involved in many community groups and events such as Soroptimist International, Garden Club, Whidbey Cruzers Car Club and Bunco Babes. Chuck (or “Charles Jaeger” as she also called him) and Gail had a shared interest in classic cars and hot rods. You would often see Gail in her classic ‘30 Ford sedan hot rod (built by Chuck) in the local parades and events. Her motto in life was “look cool, go fast.” When asked how she was doing, her answer was always “fabulous.”
Her joy for life was infectious and evident through her many friends and strong family ties. She had an amazing knack for organizing and planning special events. She was always ready for a good party.
Her family would like to thank her many friends who have reached out in support and that have touched her life over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Scleroderma Research Foundation at srfcure.org