Gwen Gallaher

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Gwen Gallaher, a resident of Evergreen from 1963 to 1996, died in Lakeland, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2018. She was 95. She and her husband Bob owned Gallaher Engineering and Surveying Co. in Evergreen. Bob died in 2001 in Lakeland.
Gwen was born in Atlanta and graduated from Florida State College for Women, where she was voted one of the 10 prettiest freshmen. She and Bob, a civil engineer, married in 1947 and lived in several Western states.
Lifelong Presbyterians, they were founding members of Cottonwood and Mount Olympus Presbyterian churches in Salt Lake City and members of Church of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Evergreen. In Evergreen they enthusiastically supported the Palmer Drug Abuse Program.
When Bob's job took the family to Lahore, Pakistan, from 1966 to 1970, Gwen actively served in volunteer positions, including being president of the United Christian Hospital's auxiliary. Once back in Evergreen, Gwen ran for the Colorado state legislature. Although she lost, she received the Denver Post's endorsement. A lifelong Democrat and civil rights proponent, Gwen courageously spoke against the Vietnam, Iraqi and Afghan wars.
In Lakeland, she served as president of the local branch of the American Association of University Women and the residents association of Florida Presbyterian Homes.
She is survived by her three children and three grandchildren. A graveside service will be held in Minneapolis.
Memorials can be sent to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Published in Canyon Courier on May 16, 2018
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