Gail Ann Gills Bean
Gail Ann Gills Bean 79 of Cochranton passed away August 21, 2018 at Meadville Medical Center after a short illness. Gail was born in Meadville, PA on August 29, 1938; the daughter of George Dyer Gills and Jeanne Burdette Dick.
She graduated from Meadville Area High School in 1956 and attended Mount Sinai School of Nursing after high school. In later years, she attended Crawford County Vo-Tech Practical Nursing Program and received her LPN license. She put her LPN license to use in a variety of capacities, however most valued to her was her role as a visiting nurse leading to her long-time private duty position with the Kantz Family. Following retirement, she worked part-time as a companion with The Arc of Crawford County for one very special person.
She married John W. Bean on August 21, 1964. They were blessed with four children; Jennifer Hansen and her husband, Skip of Meadville, PA, Tracy Ochalek and her husband, Mike from Roanoke, VA, J. Derek Bean and his wife, Jen from Cochranton, PA, and Travis Bean from Cochranton, PA. They were also blessed with grandchildren who were the light of her life: Luke Bean, Kateri Ochalek, Zachary Hansen, Lauryn Bean, Clare Ochalek, Maximilian Ochalek, Zoe Hansen, Jordyn Bean. She had a special place in her heart for all children, especially those in need of her love and attention. As a result, she also leaves behind several cherished honorary children and grandchildren.
Gail was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer in Meadville, PA where she served as elder, deacon, choir member but most important to her were her instrumental roles in the Bible school and Sunday school. She contributed musically to the Linesville Presbyterian Church and valued the many treasured friendships she made there. She was a lifetime member of the Girls Scouts starting her first Girl Scout troop for girls with special needs in her 20's and served as a Den Mother for the Boys Scouts of America. Her hobbies included singing, gardening, photography, camping, all things nature, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, August 24, 2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Dickson Family Funeral Home, Inc, 123 S. Franklin Street, Cochranton, PA, 16314. The funeral will be Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11:00am, at the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, 16864 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville, PA 16335 with Reverend Timothy Solomon and Reverend Rachel Johns officiating.
Memorials may be made to Yolanda Barco Oncology Center, Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer or French Creek Community Theatre.
Published on August 22, 2018


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