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It is with great sadness that the family of Gail Ann McClure (nee Briggs), 73, announces her passing on September 29, 2017, following sudden illness.
Gail was born April 24, 1944 in Erie, PA. She attended elementary and junior high school in nearby Girard, PA. She moved to Jackson, MI, where she completed high school. Gail graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in education. She lived in Kalamazoo, MI from 1971 to 1980 and taught third grade in the Coloma School District.
In 1980, Gail changed careers by moving to Clarkston, MI and joining Craft Baressi Consultants as a labor relations consultant. She worked with many clients throughout the Midwest, as well as the Southwest from the company's Houston office.
In 1989, Gail married Richard (Dick) McClure and moved to Meadville, PA, where her husband's business was located. Ready for another challenge, she bought the Quilt Square in Meadville, running it successfully for a decade and teaching quilting classes to beginners and advanced students. She continually developed innovative ways to streamline some of the repetitive steps in fashioning quilts.
In 1998, after vacationing for several years in New Hampshire, Dick and Gail built their forever home in Hales Location, NH.
She quickly put her masterful quilting skills to good use, founding the Material Girls quilting group, which made and donated quilts to charitable organizations here in the Valley and throughout the world. The group made quilts annually for RSVP to auction as a fundraiser. Their quilts have gone to Starting Point, Wrap-a-Smile, Merriman House, Angels and Elves, White Mountain Health Center, Camp Sunshine, Project Linus, Carroll County Nursing Home, and many other organizations. When the Carroll County home opened their new facility, the Material Girls ensured there was a new quilt for every room in the facility. Gail personally donated several quilts that hang in Memorial Hospital, as well as one at Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital. She also made quilts for every family member of the Wounded Warriors who were honored by that project hosted in the Valley for several years.
Her charitable nature benefited the visitors to the Valley. Gail volunteered in the information booth run by the Chamber of Commerce. For 10 years, she spent her Saturday mornings cheerfully greeting visitors and helping them make their stays more enjoyable.
Gail was also politically active. She recruited and led volunteers from Hales Location to handle the voting for Hales under the direction of the Conway supervisor.
Those who knew Gail were also impressed with her gifted athleticism. While she lived in Kalamazoo, MI, she spent most winter weekends at Boyne Mountain skiing. She was a competitive downhill racer and made annual trips to Aspen.
Additionally, Gail was an A-level tennis player and played in singles and doubles leagues in Kalamazoo. She worked as a volunteer in the USTA Boys Nationals held in Kalamazoo. Years later, she would point out with pride the progress of "her" boys as they matured and rose in the pro rankings.
Later in life, Gail became an avid golfer, traveling extensively with her husband to play courses around the country and Hawaii. She affectionately suggested that she and Dick play 18 holes at Pebble Beach for their 18th wedding anniversary, creating the trip of a lifetime and a treasure of memories.
In addition to her loving husband, Gail is survived by her stepdaughter, Ellen McClure of Evanston, IL (Dan Cherry), stepson, Rick McClure of Ellicott City, MD (Julie), and two grandchildren. Gail will also be remembered fondly by her twin sisters Jane [Rich] Kusnir of Point Clinton, OH and Janet [John] Ryskamp of Fennville, MI, as well as 4 nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are George and Nelda Briggs.
Gone too soon, Gail will be sorely missed by her family, friends and associates in the community. A Celebration of Gail's Life will be held at the White Mountain Hotel, 87 Fairway Drive, North Conway NH 03860 November 11, 12-2pm. Memorial tributes may be made to Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Carroll County, 53 Technology Lane, Conway, NH 03818.
Published on October 25, 2017
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