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Otilia Gail (Gandara) Scott

Born: Tue., Aug. 17, 1937
Died: Fri., Jul. 26, 2019


Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Tue., Aug. 06, 2019
Location: St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church


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Hamilton - Otilia Gail Gandara Scott 81 of Hamilton, Montana was born on August 17th, 1937 in her grandmother’s home in Stevensville, Montana on Ambrose Road. She was the first born child of James and Donna Gandara. Gail attended school in the Corvallis and Hamilton areas graduating in 1955 from Hamilton High School. She next attended Western Montana College in Dillon, Montana completing a two year teaching program graduating in 1957. Along with her studies Gail enjoyed cheerleading for the Broncs and then the Bulldogs. Great Falls Public School District was her first teaching assignment. She was next recruited by the Clark County Public School District and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. Gail continued her education during summer breaks completing her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and attaining her Masters of Education degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was a devoted, patient and eager professional throughout her career. She loved to facilitate and nurture learning to read and write in her first grade students. Her love of teaching inspired a younger sister and a niece to follow her example and become teachers. Gail retired in 2002 after completing forty four years as an educator. Gail married the love of her life, Don Perry Scott in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 30th, 1970. Together they traveled to Montana in the summers, enjoyed cruising with family and experienced China. After retirement they moved to Harker Heights, Texas enjoying the seasons as snowbirds. They made Hamilton, Montana their permanent home in 2017. Scottie and Gail had hoped to celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary but cancer intervened for the final time on July 26th. Gail peacefully left us with family present and in the gentle care of the staff of Valley View Nursing Home in Hamilton. Surviving many bouts of cancer, Gail was an advocate and volunteer for the American Cancer Society in Nevada, Texas and Montana, helping others heal and cope with breast cancer. She was awarded Cancer Volunteer of the Year for her service. She also was an active member of the Las Vegas Education Association and Nevada Education Association. Gail is survived by her husband Don P. Scott, mother Donna Gandara, sister Dolores Gandara, sister and brother-in-law Virginia and Mike Baldwin, brother James D. Gandara, sister and brother-in-law Rosanne and Dale Janes, sister-in-law Judy and husband James Wall, brother-in-law Larry and wife Joy Scott, sister-in-law Barbara Scott, 20 nieces and nephews, 20 great nieces and nephews, and 2 great, great nieces and nephews, plus a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her father James J. Gandara, sister Gloria Gandara, sister-in-law Corinna Gandara, father-in-law Adrian Scott, mother-in-law Allie Scott, and brother-in-law James Scott. Tuesday, August 6th, 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 411 5th Street, Hamilton, Montana there will be a mass of Christian Burial with a reception to follow. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, 333 Charlos St., Stevensville, MT.

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Robert Walsh
   Posted Sun August 04, 2019
As a Eucharistic Minister for Saint Francis Church, I had the distinct privilege and pleasure of getting to know Gail during the last seven months of her life. I would bring Holy Communion to the Catholic residents of Valley View nursing home on Sundays.

When he was up to it, Gail would wheel Scotty down to the little alcove where we held our Eucharistic service. We would listen to songs of praise, read the Bible and, of course, share Communion. If Scotty could not come to the service I would visit with him and Gail in his room and bring Communion there.

I very much enjoyed seeing Gail and spending time with her on Sundays. She was always cheerful and friendly, smiling and upbeat in the face of the most daunting challenges. Her faithful devotion to Scotty was truly inspiring.

Since we were both teachers, I think we had a special sympatico. Plus, I just enjoyed her company. We often talked about the value and importance of education. I enjoyed her intelligent reflections and insightful sense of humor. She would tell funny stories from her life. I loved her ever-present smiles and laughter.

Her deep love of God and devotion to the prayerful practices of her faith was a joy to behold and share with her. The last Sunday I would see her, I sat by her bedside and held her hand as we prayed together. There was a photo of Gloria on the bulletin board above her bed. "She was very beautiful," I said. "It must run in the family." A cute, angelic smile came across Gail's face. "Thank you," she said. Gail got thoughtful for a moment and then added: "She's in a better place now."

My deepest and most sincere condolences to the Gandara and Scott families. May God bless you all.

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