Gayle Elton Blair Obituary
 
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Gayle J. Elton Blair

June 28, 1925 - July 16, 2014
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Born in Web, Oklahoma on June 28th, 1925 to Robert and Cecil Halderman, Gayle June Halderman was the middle of three girls. The family moved to Vancouver, WA around 1940. Gayle was one of the original "Rosie Riveters," working in the Vanport ship yards in World War II. Gayle married Marvin Elton on Valentine's Day 1946 and they had three children: Sonja, Marlowe, and Nels. They were happily married until Marvin passed away in 1973. Lucky to find love a second time, Gayle wed Gene Blair in 1979. After retirement they were "snowbirds," packing the cats into the motor home and driving south to spend winters in California. When home in...
Born in Web, Oklahoma on June 28th, 1925 to Robert and Cecil Halderman, Gayle June Halderman was the middle of three girls. The family moved to Vancouver, WA around 1940. Gayle was one of the original "Rosie Riveters," working in the Vanport ship yards in World War II.

Gayle married Marvin Elton on Valentine's Day 1946 and they had three children: Sonja, Marlowe, and Nels. They were happily married until Marvin passed away in 1973.

Lucky to find love a second time, Gayle wed Gene Blair in 1979. After retirement they were "snowbirds," packing the cats into the motor home and driving south to spend winters in California. When home in Vancouver, Gayle kept busy sewing, crafting and "goodwill hunting."

Before retiring Gayle enjoyed working at the VA Hospital for over 20 years. Friendly and outgoing with a wicked sense of humor, Gayle could and would talk to anyone.

Gayle was preceded in death by her parents: Robert and Cecil Halderman; sister, Madge Johnston; first husband, Marvin Elton, and husband, Gene Blair.

Gayle was a loving and doting grandmother to six great grandchildren. She is survived by them as well as her sister, Boby Steele; children: Sonja Thorp (Wes,) Marlowe Elton, Nels Elton, grandchildren: Tonya Elton (Ken Lotka), Tamara Morales (Vicente), Tres Hancock, Miranda Elton, Kristine Elton and Wyatt Elton.

A graveside memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 22, 11:00 am at Park Hill Cemetery followed by a picnic reception in David Douglas Park.

Arrangements under the direction of Vancouver Funeral Chapel, Vancouver, WA.

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"She's got that look on her face, like she's about ready to trip the person coming through the pearly gates behind her. We were very lucky to live close to..." DON STEELE (CAMAS, WA)

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