OBITUARY

Mrs. Gail Jean James

October 23, 1952April 8, 2021
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At sunset on Thursday, April 8, 2021, Gail James passed away peacefully with her husband and children at her side. Gail was born on October 23, 1952 in Atlanta, Georgia, the eldest daughter of Joseph and Carolyn Wright. She moved to Oregon with her family as a teenager. She served as Executive Vice President of Trailhead Credit Union in Portland, Oregon for nearly 35 years. It was while working at the credit union, that she met her husband, Gus James, who was working at Northwest Natural Gas across the street. After three weeks of dating, Gus was convinced he had found his soulmate and proposed. They married on October 26, 1985 and together they raised a son, Brian, and a daughter, Carolyn. Until their retirement, two years ago, Gail and Gus drove to work and ate lunch together every day.

Gail was a music enthusiast who enjoyed a broad range of genres. It wasn’t unusual for her children (or even grandchildren) to learn about popular new songs from her. She cherished spending time at home with her family. She was very thoughtful and loved to give. Friends and family never left her house without treats, gifts and vegetables from her garden. Like her father, she enjoyed the Oregon Coast and visited often. She made frequent trips to Georgia as well to visit her parents and family there. Gail had an amazing sense of humor and was quick to make friends with her congenial personality. She was known for her compassion and selflessness.

Gail was preceded in death by her father, Joe. She will be lovingly remembered by her mother, Carolyn, her sisters, Brenda and Susan, her husband, Gus, her son, Brian and his wife Margaret, her daughter Carolyn and her husband Brandon, her grandchildren, Lily, Elliot and Aubrey and many other family members and friends. The family will be having a private service for Gail at Pegg, Paxton and Springer in Beaverton, Oregon.

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John Martincic

April 17, 2021

It is so difficult to express all of the many facets of Gail James:. Kind and strong, sweet and fiery, understanding but tough as nails.

Of course, she was all of those things, but so much more. I feel fortunate to have worked beside her and will consider myself lucky if I accomplish half as much as she has or to have as much impact on the people in my life.

Love to all of the friends and family who will miss Gail so tremendously.

Jeff Elbel

April 16, 2021

Gail was so nice to me that she gave me a retirement gift when she retired that just the way it was Gus and Gail usually came by and eat lunch with me on Friday afternoon about 10 minutes after one really enjoyed their company Gail was a super good person and I miss her dearly rip my friend
Theo

Cherie Taylor

April 16, 2021

Like Gus, I, too, ate lunch with Gail/Gus almost every day for the 17 years I worked at NWN with Gus and would often meet Gail at the street corner so we could walk into Downtown Freddie Brown's together. Such good, good memories of the both of them. Gail was so intelligent and such a joy to know. I will miss her the rest of my days, most sincerely. Special note to Mom: Gail used to regale me with stories of you and Joe, not just the ones of she and her sibs growing up, but when you two had settled in Georgia (the snake crawling up the side of your home comes to mind). Brian? Margaret? Carolyn? Brandon? Gail's grandchildren, who she loved dearly? The memories are real, and the love is for always.
--Cherie Taylor

Roger Michaelis

April 12, 2021

All of my memories with Gail were of fun things we did together. She was responsible for training me at Tektronix Employees Credit Union. Gail had such a good sense of humor that even my mistakes seemed like funny events. It was during this time that she got the nickname “Stoob” from me. We used this term of endearment for 40 years. We also would get together after work sometimes and make mixed cassette tapes. These evenings usually included some drinking. You could tell where we were in our celebrations by the mistakes, duplicate songs and long gaps in the recording. Gail was such a hard worker it was good to see her retire. Happy to share more with Carolyn if she wants. She will be missed.

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Grandma soaking up the sun.

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Grandma and Grandpa with Aubrey at the beach.

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Cheesin'

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Grandma and Aubrey cuddled up in Georgia.

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Grandma smooches.

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Grandma soaking up the sun.

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Grandma and Grandpa with Aubrey at the beach.

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Cheesin'

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Grandma and Aubrey cuddled up in Georgia.

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Grandma smooches.

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Grandma and Aubrey at Lily's graduation

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Grandma and Aubrey crusin' on the scooter at Altanta Botanical Gardens.

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Gail and Gus swimming with dolphins.

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Gail in Hawaii swimming with the dolphins.