Gail Van Ormer

Aug 1st, 1944 - Feb 4th, 2020
Gail Van Ormer

Marion-Gail Clare Van Ormer, 75, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

Gail was born on August 1, 1944 in West Frankfort to Earl Jackson and Dorothy May (Blockley) Powell.  She married Donald E. Van Ormer on September 18, 1964 in Johnston City and he preceded her in death on May 20, 2016.

Gail was a member of First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg.  She loved her grandkids, reading, dancing, singing and was a member of Second Team.  Gail enjoyed socializing with her friends and helped start the Hospice Gala of Southern Illinois.

Survivors include:

Daughter-Allison (Van Ormer) Spence and husband Shawn of Marion

Son-Tyler Van Ormer and wife Brandi of Waynesboro, VA

Four grandchildren:

Braxton Spence

Sophia Spence

Alice Van Ormer

Audrey Van Ormer

Sister in law-Diana Van Ormer of San Diego, CA

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl Jackson and Dorothy May Powell; and her husband, Donald E. Van Ormer.

In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

Memorials may be made in Gail’s memory to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

13 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: David Morris

    From: Harrisburg , Illinois

    Date: February 5, 2020

    Allison and Tyler. I am so sadden with the news of your mother
    May God be with you guys in this time and day
    Prayers to all the family

  • Guest: Robert Amunrud

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: February 5, 2020

    I’ll miss you, neighbor.

  • Guest: Delilah Spirling

    From: Harrisburg , Illinois

    Date: February 5, 2020

    Allison I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was always nice to me treated me well.I remember meeting her for the 1st time her knowing all of my lets call them schoolyard scrapes (FIGHTS) LOL
    I was nervous she wouldn’t allow you to be my friend, but she was nice, kind and treated me not as a guest but like I was always welcomed.My prayers to you and yours from me and mine.

  • Guest: Michele Stritzel

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: February 5, 2020

    GAIL was a wonderful, lively, happy person, she had a great laugh, she looked fabulous at the Hospice Gala and loved every minute of it. Am so very glad to have been in her friend circle. She will be missed by all of us.

  • Guest: Diane Fulbright

    From: Clarksville , Tennessee

    Date: February 5, 2020

    Dear Allison, Tyler & family-
    We were so sorry to hear that Gail had passed. We always loved being around your Mom & Dad. She had such a witty sense of humor and infectious laugh that you couldn’t keep a straight face- even when you should. May God comfort you all.
    Love, Stephen & Diane Fulbright

  • Guest: John E. Gunter

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: February 5, 2020

    Dear Allison, Tyler, and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a force of nature. She and Don were such a devoted couple. Gail could sure light up a room.

    We know she will be deeply missed. We hope you find peace and comfort in the memory of her love and life.

    John and Debbie Gunter

  • Guest: Mary Lynn Andrus

    From: San Antonio, Texas

    Date: February 6, 2020

    Your mom will be missed. We always enjoyed time spent with she and your dad. She always was positive in her outlook of life.

  • Guest: Debra Levinski

    From: Wright, Minnesota

    Date: February 6, 2020

    Dear Alison, Tyler and family, I knew your mom in her Cloquet days and did some babysitting for you both. I have belly laugh memories of your mom and dad and their stories. They could have been a stand up comedy team! My heart goes out to all of you.

  • Guest: Peggy Jean Smoot

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: February 7, 2020

    Accept my sincere sympathy.
    Gail was a wonderful friendly neighbor, always with a smile.

  • Guest: Liz Brown

    From: Staunton, Virginia

    Date: February 8, 2020

    Dear Tyler and family,

    I was lucky enough to meet Gail one time when she was visiting you guys. She seemed like a very sweet lady. I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this tough time. May you find comfort in good memories, that will last forever.

    God Bless!
    Liz Brown

  • Guest: evelyn sine Smith

    From: Phoenix, Arizona

    Date: February 8, 2020

    So sorry for your loss. Earl was my first.cousin. and his mother was my aunt .l remember Gail when she was a little girl. I was Evelyn sine then.

  • Guest: Cecile B Ward

    From: ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico

    Date: February 11, 2020

    Allison, Tyler and family. I was privileged to have the chance to reconnect and get close to cousin Gail these past years. When I would come to Marion, Mom (Mary Powell) and I would always have lunch with her. She took us to the most interesting places to eat. I know that you all and your Dad were the “loves of her life”. She was so proud of all of you! I was blessed to get to see her honored at the Hospice Gala and to visit with her the day after. Gail took control of her life and of her passing, and I admire her so much for the strength she always had. Our prayers are with you as you miss your Mom.

  • Guest: John & Linda Dickson

    From: Makanda, Illinois

    Date: February 14, 2020

    Allison and Tyler, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.