Peggy (Ruth) Every Gale, 81, late of Phoenicia, died Sunday Aug. 5, 2012 at the Margaretville Hospital. She was born January 12, 1931 in Mt. Tremper.
Peggy went to school in a one-room schoolhouse in Mt. Tremper until finally being bussed to Kingston High School. Her first job after high school was working as a telephone operator in Phoenicia. This position was short lived as the area went to the dial system the following year. It was in the telephone operator’s office where she met her husband Alonzo T. Gale. The office was located in his grandmother’s house.
Peggy was the daughter of the late Ruth (Adam) Every and Reginald Hudler Every. In addition to raising her family of three children, she pursued a career in real estate working as a salesperson for Earl Bennett and became a broker starting her own business in the early 1970s. She continued growing her real estate business, Ruth M Gale Real Estate, until leaving in 2006 due to poor health.
Peg served her community well, teaching Sunday School at the Phoenicia Methodist Church for many years, MYF, Den mother for the Phoenicia Cub Scouts, she served on the Shandaken Town Board, was Chairman of the Phoenicia Water Board, a former President of the Shandaken Chamber of Commerce, Secretary for the Kaaterskill Postcard Club, co-author, with her husband, of “Shandaken, New York A Pictorial History,” Trustee Hudler Cemetery, instrumental in organizing Shandaken Area Revitalization Program Inc., and obtaining the property for the Catskill’s Interpretive Center on Route 28.
Peg is survived by her husband of 62 years, Lonnie; a daughter, Melanie and her husband Bryan Kelly of Big Indian; a son, Dennis and his wife Mary Pat(Malloy) of Kremmling, CO, a son Donald and his wife Jodi(Warner) of Lincoln, VT and a brother Reginald Every Jr. of Owego. Eleven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, an uncle, and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins also survive.
Friends will be received on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home.
A service to celebrate the life of Peg will be held on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main Street, Phoenicia with Rev. Ralph Darmstadt officiating.
Burial will follow at the Hudler Cemetery, Route 28, Mt. Tremper.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Phoenicia Methodist Church- Painting Fund.
Expression of condolence may be shared on Peg’s memorial page at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com.