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Ina Gall



Ina L. Gall, lifelong Bickleton resident, passed away peacefully on Oct. 18, 2013 at her daughter’s home in Yakima after a courageous two year battle with colon and liver cancer. She was 76 years old.

Ina Louise was born on Jan. 2, 1937 in Prosser, Wash., to Earl and Ida (Nygaard) Lasley. She was raised and educated in the Bickleton area, first attending Cleveland School where she was a member of its last eighth grade class and then Bickleton High School where she graduated in 1954. It was in high school where Ina first met her future husband, Charles (Chuck) J. Gall, whose family moved there in 1950. The two were married in the Bickleton Presbyterian Church on May 17, 1958 and with the exception of a short time spent in Klamath Falls, Ore., while Chuck attended school, made their home in Bickleton. Earlier this year they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with family in Cannon Beach, Ore.

Ina worked at H.O. Wilson Hardware before her marriage to Chuck in 1958. At various times she continued to fill in as needed until the business closed in 2005. Ina was also well known as the “favorite” bus driver for Bickleton School District 203 for 30 years before retiring in the mid 1990’s. She also served as secretary-clerk for the Bickleton Fire Department Board of Commissioners for many years.

Ina began what at the time she thought would be her favorite occupation in life when she became a mom as she and Chuck welcomed a baby daughter, Judy Ellen, on Nov. 24, 1959. Two years later to the day they added a baby son, Larry Charles. Ina truly loved her role as a mother and was very proud to be considered a “Second Mom” to many of Judy’s and Larry’s friends.

However Ina started her all-time favorite “job” on July 31, 1983 when she became a Grandma to twin boys, Derrick Charles and Jared Allen Jacobs. She was promoted to a Grandmother of three on May 25, 1988 when granddaughter Jena May Jacobs was born. Whether it was being called Grandma, Granny Goo-Goo, or Grandma Bickleton, she was a grandma at heart to everybody.

She was blessed on Sept. 25, 2010 when she welcomed son-in-law David Simmons, along with four new grandchildren, Jeff Simmons, Chad Simmons, Shawn Phipps, and Nicole O’Brine, and six great-grandchildren to her family.

Ina was a member of the Presbyterian Church and possessed a very strong sense of faith and love of the Lord. She lived her life putting the needs and wishes of others before her own, never asking for anything in return. She was the most caring and genuine person and she always made everybody feel important and most of all loved. Ina was a woman of many talents. Her cooking was almost legendary to many, especially her cookies and pies. But above all else she was known for the very best home-made cinnamon rolls. Members of the family were known to go to great lengths to get the last one in the pan.

Ina is survived by her husband of 55 years, Chuck of Bickleton; her daughter, Judy and son-in-law Dave Simmons of Yakima; her son, Larry of Kent; her brother Earl and sister-in-law Linda Lasley of Bickleton and their sons Tod of Spokane and Trent (Kristine) of Tacoma; her sister Janice Palmer of Kenai, Alaska; and grandkids Derrick (Lindsay), Jared (Michele), Jena, Jeff (Jenny), Chad (Julee), Shawn (Kathie), and Nicole (Chris); and great-grandchildren Jace, Jarrett, Johanna, Jordan, Drew, and Madison as well as Baby Harper due in late December. She is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, and other close family members.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Ida Lasley and sister, Karen Lasley.

Ina received excellent and loving care during her battle against cancer. Our heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at North Star Lodge who made her feel as if she was part of the family and not just another patient. We are forever indebted to you. We would also offer a huge thank you to her team from Yakima Memorial Hospice.

Memorials can be made to North Star Lodge or Yakima Memorial Hospice.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside, Wash. An inurnment service will be held following the memorial service at 12:30 p.m. at the Bickleton I.O.O.F. Cemetery followed by a time of fellowship at the Lodge Hall in Bickleton, Wash. Those wishing to sign Ina’s on line memorial book may do so at Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. in charge of arrangements.


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