Gail Karas Maloney

Gail Maloney
8/22/1941 - 7/5/2018
Gail Karas Maloney died peacefully with family by her side on July 5, 2018 at the age of 76. A lifelong educator, Gail's later years were marked by a tireless enthusiasm for everything from gardening to yoga, and she was excellent at doing headstands. Since her retirement in 2002, Gail and her husband, Pat, traveled frequently, and just last year she and her son, Josh, were thrilled to attend a concert by their favorite performer, Lady Gaga. Gail was born this way: In Las Vegas, Nevada on August 27, 1941. There, she attended Bishop Gorman High School, then Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, graduating in 1963. Her teaching career began with the Elverta School District in Sacramento where she taught primary grades. Ever the adventurer, she took a teaching position with the Department of Defense schools in 1966 to work in Tripoli, Libya and later at Ramstein Air Force base in Germany.
On May 13, 1969, Gail married her husband Patrick Maloney in Basel, Switzerland. Both taught in Frankfurt for four years, and while living there enjoyed frequent travel to Paris, Amsterdam, and Norway, spending their summers in Spain's Costa del Sol. Returning to California in 1972, the pair settled in the Todd Valley area of Foresthill. In 1974 Gail gave birth to her son and fellow concert goer, Josh. Gail was a teacher and administrator at Foresthill Elementary School until 1986, then took a position with the Pleasant Ridge Union School District in Grass Valley, serving as teacher and then principal of Cottage Hill Elementary School. She remained there until retiring in 2002. In addition to travel, headstands and Lady Gaga, Gail loved gardening, landscaping and decorating. Never one to sit still for long, she was quite proud to complete the Sacramento Marathon as well as a skydiving adventure during her retirement. Gail is sorely missed by her husband, Pat, son Josh, her sisters Sylvia and Cathie, and countless extended family and colleagues who were touched by her goodness, professionalism and generosity. A dedicated advocate for children's rights and education, Gail would have been grateful for any donations in her memory to the ACLU or to which promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees.

Published in Auburn Journal on Sept. 2, 2018