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Gail B. Hadlock

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EAST HOOSICK, N.Y. -- After fighting a courageous battle against cancer, Gail B. Hadlock, 63, passed from this life at her home in East Hoosick on April 25, 2006. She was surrounded by her loving husband of 37 years, her devoted daughters and her longtime friend.

Born in Gainesville, Fla., on Dec. 25, 1942, she was the daughter of Robert and Opal Beasley. As a young woman, she worked with computers at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. She was born and raised a Southerner, but in 1969 she married the love of her life, Michael Hadlock, and crossed the Mason-Dixon line to settle in Vermont and later upstate New York. She soon came to love New England and felt at home here.

For many years, Gail stayed at home to raise her two daughters, Elisabeth and Meredith. At the age of 39, she returned to school and earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Russell Sage College in Troy. In 1985, Gail began working as a systems analyst for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany. She retired in February 2006 after 20 years of service.

Gail was active in her church and community and formed many friendships through her passion for quilting, travel, the arts, education and studying the Bible. She was known for her generous heart and was committed to helping those in need and making a difference in the lives of others. Gail will be missed tremendously, but her family celebrates that she is now in her eternal home with Jesus Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Michael T. Hadlock, of Hoosick Falls; her daughter and son-in-law, Elisabeth and Mark Mellon, of Grantham, N.H.; her daughter and son-in-law, Meredith and Philip McCollum, of Los Angeles, Calif.; her brother, Larey Beasley, of Apopka, Fla.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her five cherished grandchildren: grandsons Nathan, Isaiah and Elijah McCollum and granddaughters Lydia Mellon and Joanna Gail Mellon, expected in July.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 1, 2006, at 4 p.m. in the Carriage Barn at the Park-McCullough House in North Bennington, Vt. Private graveside services will be held in Hammond, N.Y., near the St. Lawrence River, Gail’s beloved North Country “home away from home.”

Should friends desire, gifts may be made in memory of Gail to the EyesOnThePrize.Org. Checks can be mailed to EyesOnThePrize.Org, 446 S. Anaheim Hills Road No. 108, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807.
Published in Bennington Banner from Apr. 28 to May 1, 2006
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