Gail Christine Ross (nee Jorgensen)

May 27th, 2022

Gail Christine Ross (née Jorgensen)

October 26, 1956 – May 27, 2022

We are saddened to announce the peaceful passing of Gail Ross on May 27 2022, with her family by her side. Gail was predeceased by her parents Earl and Dorothy Jorgensen. She is survived by her loving husband Sam, daughter Karen (John Conway), son Darrel (Sheena Witter), son Brian (Mel Taylor), and granddaughter Mallory Conway. Gail is also survived by her siblings Carl (Colette Goyet), Anne (Eugene) Stroo, Paul (Beth Kennedy), Eric (Zuzana Zach), Mary (Peter) Defeo, and mother-in-law Marg Ross, plus numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Gail grew up and attended high school in Nelson. She met Sam at a curling bonspiel in 1974 and they have been together ever since. Gail completed her B.Ed. at the University of Alberta and taught for one year before informing Sam that it was time for them to get married. Gail and Sam wed in Nelson in 1979, then returned to Edmonton in 1980 where Gail completed a post-graduate diploma in Special Education. The family moved to Rossland in 1984. Gail was an engaged, loving, and creative mom, making holidays special with elaborate birthday cakes and homemade Halloween costumes and never hesitating to welcome (and feed) the many friends her kids would invite over without warning.

Gail’s life was rich with hobbies and friendships. An accomplished seamstress, she sewed beautiful dresses for her daughter, wonderful quilts, and – during the pandemic – hundreds of cloth masks for healthcare workers and the Rossland community. She was a lifelong artist and crafter, creating intricate pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) and dot-mandala painted rocks. Gail was a proud member of the Mystic Dreams belly dance troupe and a survivor paddler on the Kootenay Robusters dragon boat team. She was an excellent curler, dedicated geocacher, and lifelong sorority member. Above all, she loved going on adventures with Sam, her best friend throughout their nearly 50 years together. Whether travelling the world (Turkey, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, the Caribbean …), exploring North America, or discovering new places to camp and hike around the Kootenays, Gail was up for anything with Sam by her side.

In lieu of flowers, Gail suggested honouring her memory with a donation to your favourite local charity. A gathering to remember Gail will be held at Birchbank Picnic Grounds on Sunday June 12, 2:00-4:00pm.

The family would like to thank the care team at KBRH Oncology, the nurses at Home Health, Cathy and crew at Alpine Drugs, Jill from Greater Trail Hospice, Dr. Kerby, and Lori Verigin for their care of Gail and Sam through this difficult time. Thanks also to all of the Robusters and Mystic Dreams for their visits, and everyone else who stopped in or sent cards to cheer Gail up.

Andreas Schmitz of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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My deepest condolences to Sam and all Gail's family. She will have left a huge hole in all your hearts as well as many special memories. Gail was a crafter extraordinaire. Before we hardly knew each other she sewed matching dresses for my two youngest daughters - such a special thing to do. With love from Barbara and all the Mason family

With great sympathy, we send our deepest condolences. From the Allard family

Gail’s smile and laugh will be carried in my heart forever. So kind and always ready for an adventure. Love to Sam as is his broken heart softens.

Boni, Jack, myself, and our families were so sad to hear about Gail. I think Boni said it best when she noted that growing up next to the Jorgensens was like having an extended family. Our thoughts and love to all of you at this difficult time.

Gail's friendship was a gift and I will happily revisit my many memories of her, especially on the drives to Christina Lake for our dragon boat practices. She was such a kind, helpful and generous person, always willing to take on whatever task needed doing. Even if the tasks were things that nobody wanted to do, Gail would step up and accomplish them well. We will miss her but will always remember her fondly.

Sam, Brian, and Family, my condolences go out to you all in the passing of Gail. Gail was a great lady that took life in strides, while awaiting the next adventure or challenge. May Gail's spirit live on with us forever.

Sam & Family our hearts are broken. Gail’s beautiful smiles, her humour, unique rock work, Bellydancer, fighter, pulling up to class in her hot little red car.

Sam and family, we are so saddened by the passing of Gail. She had a smile that could light up a room and a great sense of humour, even though she had a quiet and humble presence. Our thoughts are with you all right now as you navigate forward.

Sam and family I’m so sorry to hear of Gail’s passing. I hope that your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. Corinne McFarland

Sam and family - Gail was one of the most talented people I knew, and everything she did was done with perfection. Any of us who were in sorority with her will have at least one beautiful keepsake, and mine is one of her lovely eggs. Our thoughts are with all of you at this very difficult time.

Sam and family, so very, very sorry to hear of Gail’s passing. She was a wonderful sorority sister for many years, and we had so much fun going to meetings in her little Miata. She taught us how to make Ukrainian eggs, and I still have and cherish mine. She was so funny, fun to be with and creative in so many ways. She will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to you all at this very sad time. RIP, dear Gail

Sam and family- my heart breaks to see Gail’s passing. She was a beautiful person inside and out!!! Robuster Strong!!! Chris Plamondon

Sam and family my deepest sympathies for the loss of your beautiful wife, mother and grandmother. She is a spirit that will live on in your memories and hearts. Darcy and Mike

Sam, Karen, John, Mallory, Darrel, Sheena, Brian and Mel, Gail was such an amazing person. I always enjoyed her friendship through sorority and the community. She was so talented, creative, fun, funny, adventurous and above all kind. I am so sad, her life ended much too soon. I am glad she had the opportunity to get to know Mallory and experience being a grandma even if it was for a short time. I will cherish my pysanki eggs from her, the tombstones we made for Halloween and my memories of times we shared. Our hearts and thoughts are with all of you....big hugs!! XO

My condolences to Sam and families. Gail was a beautiful soul. May her memories live on. Please take care … Kathy Crandell

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