Gail McCoy passed away surrounded by her children on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at home in Santa Rosa. She was 93 years old.
Born Edith Gail Long on February 23, 1915 in Brainerd, Minnesota, she moved with her family to California in 1922 and graduated from high school in Alturas in 1933.
She pursued a nursing degree in Sacramento and left to marry Richard McCoy of Mount Shasta in 1938, where they raised four children.
Richard and Gail were active in the Community Methodist Church, the Eagles and the Rebekahs. They supported the local baseball league and danced with the Dudes and Daisies.
Gail returned to school in 1955 to earn a teaching credential at Chico State and taught at Mount Shasta’s Sisson Elementary until she retired in 1981.
Upon retirement, Gail volunteered as a teacher for Eskimo children at a Jesuit mission near the Arctic Circle in Alaska.
In 1982 she helped found Santa Rosa Creek Commons, a cooperative where she lived for the rest of her life. For many years, she directed and acted with “The Footlighters” at the Santa Rosa Senior Center.
The SRJC Thursday Morning autobiographical writing class was a part of her life for decades, inspiring a legacy of personal stories in writing. For 12 years she was a volunteer chaplain at Sutter Hospital.
Gail was preceded in death by her husband, Richard McCoy and her son Ken McCoy.
She is survived by her daughter, Louise McCoy of Sebastopol; her sons, Mike “Rich” McCoy of Bodega Bay and Rod McCoy of Anchorage, Alaska; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Her family members own McCoy’s Cookware and Pearson & Co. Fine Food to Go in Santa Rosa.
Memorial services will be held this Saturday, the 29th of November, 12 noon, at Christ Church United Methodist. 1717 Yulupa, Santa Rosa, California.