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Gail Van Ormer

Marion-Gail Clare Van Ormer, 75, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

Gail was born on August 1, 1944 in West Frankfort to Earl Jackson and Dorothy May (Blockley) Powell.  She married Donald E. Van Ormer on September 18, 1964 in Johnston City and he preceded her in death on May 20, 2016.

Gail was a member of First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg.  She loved her grandkids, reading, dancing, singing and was a member of Second Team.  Gail enjoyed socializing with her friends and helped start the Hospice Gala of Southern Illinois.

Survivors include:

Daughter-Allison (Van Ormer) Spence and husband Shawn of Marion

Son-Tyler Van Ormer and wife Brandi of Waynesboro, VA

Four grandchildren:

Braxton Spence

Sophia Spence

Alice Van Ormer

Audrey Van Ormer

Sister in law-Diana Van Ormer of San Diego, CA

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl Jackson and Dorothy May Powell; and her husband, Donald E. Van Ormer.

In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

Memorials may be made in Gail’s memory to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Allison and Tyler, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

John & Linda Dickson Feb 14 2020 6:43 PM

Allison, Tyler and family. I was privileged to have the chance to reconnect and get close to cousin Gail these past years. When I would come to Marion, Mom (Mary Powell) and I would always have lunch with her. She took us to the most interesting places to eat. I know that you all and your Dad were the "loves of her life". She was so proud of all of you! I was blessed to get to see her honored at the Hospice Gala and to visit with her the day after. Gail took control of her life and of her passing, and I admire her so much for the strength she always had. Our prayers are with you as you miss your Mom.

Cecile B Ward Feb 11 2020 4:22 PM

So sorry for your loss. Earl was my first.cousin. and his mother was my aunt .l remember Gail when she was a little girl. I was Evelyn sine then.

evelyn sine Smith Feb 8 2020 4:11 PM

Dear Tyler and family, I was lucky enough to meet Gail one time when she was visiting you guys. She seemed like a very sweet lady. I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this tough time. May you find comfort in good memories, that will last forever. God Bless! Liz Brown

Liz Brown Feb 8 2020 2:18 PM

Accept my sincere sympathy. Gail was a wonderful friendly neighbor, always with a smile.

Peggy Jean Smoot Feb 7 2020 6:07 PM

Dear Alison, Tyler and family, I knew your mom in her Cloquet days and did some babysitting for you both. I have belly laugh memories of your mom and dad and their stories. They could have been a stand up comedy team! My heart goes out to all of you.

Debra Levinski Feb 6 2020 3:07 AM

Your mom will be missed. We always enjoyed time spent with she and your dad. She always was positive in her outlook of life.

Mary Lynn Andrus Feb 6 2020 12:33 AM

Dear Allison, Tyler, and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a force of nature. She and Don were such a devoted couple. Gail could sure light up a room. We know she will be deeply missed. We hope you find peace and comfort in the memory of her love and life. John and Debbie Gunter

John E. Gunter Feb 5 2020 9:24 PM

Dear Allison, Tyler & family- We were so sorry to hear that Gail had passed. We always loved being around your Mom & Dad. She had such a witty sense of humor and infectious laugh that you couldnt keep a straight face- even when you should. May God comfort you all. Love, Stephen & Diane Fulbright

Diane Fulbright Feb 5 2020 4:02 AM

GAIL was a wonderful, lively, happy person, she had a great laugh, she looked fabulous at the Hospice Gala and loved every minute of it. Am so very glad to have been in her friend circle. She will be missed by all of us.

Michele Stritzel Feb 5 2020 3:01 AM

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