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Gael McCollum (1944 - 2013)

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Gael Kathleen Hallack McCollum

October 27, 1944

May 9, 2013

Gael Kathleen Hallack McCollum

On Thursday May 9th 2013, Gael McCollum, 68, of Reno, NV, passed away quietly at her home with loving friends and family by her side after a long battle with Scoliosis and ALS. Gael was born October 27, 1944 in Marlette, Michigan but spent the majority of her life in the Reno area. She graduated from Klamath Union High School in 1963. Graduated from Southern Oregon College in Ashland, Oregon in 1967 with a Bachelor's Degree in Science and Education and then went on to receive her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. Gael worked for 30 years with the Washoe County School District as a 2nd and 3rd grade school teacher at Brown Elementary. Gael was a very active person and participated in many activities over the years to include snow skiing and water skiing. She was a member of local bowling leagues that would meet at the old MGM hotel. She was an avid lover of horses and owned five at one time! Gael's passion of horseback riding was evident as she was also a dressage rider who rode competitively and was also a member of the Dressage riding association. Gael's other interests included her involvement as a member with a local gourmet club that would meet at various member's homes to cook up mouth-watering meals. Gael's first love was a convertible 1964 MG and thus she also was a member of The Reno MG All British Car Club. Gael and her husband, James, built a life together and a beautiful home in 1977 in the Callahan Ranch area which overlooks the beautiful mountains near Mt. Rose; it was here that Gael loved to ride her horses and tend to her gardens and all the animals that she loved. Gael's favorite past time, though, was going down to Rosarito Beach, Baja Mexico, where her and Jim would enjoy bringing friends and family to a home that they owned there. Gael was preceded in death by her loving husband and best friend of 41 years, James McCollum, her father Dale Hallack, mother Hazel Hallack and brother, Lawnie Hallack. Gael is survived by her brother, Dale Hallack of Reno, NV; son Alan McCollum (Michelle) of Corpus Christi, TX and 3 granddaughters Liliana, Carissa, and Hannah.

In Lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you make a donation instead in Gael's name to the Circle of Life Hospice at 1575 Delucchi Lane, Suite 214 Reno, NV 89502 (775)-827-2298

A celebration of Gael's Life will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 2075 W. 7th St., Reno, NV on May 25, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. This is where Gael and James were married 44 years ago. Gael will be missed every day by her loving family and friends. Her memory and legacy here on Earth will be remembered by all and carried on.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from May 15 to May 19, 2013
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