Gail Dike died January 7, 2019 at her home in Enterprise, Oregon. She was born May 10, 1937 to Pearl (Ivins) Walker and LeGrande Walker in Ogden, Utah.
She attended school for grades 1 and 2 in Ogden, then her family moved to Reno, Nevada, where she attended school in a 2-room country schoolhouse. During first grade, she spent six months in bed with rheumatic fever.
At age 9 while riding a horse bareback, the horse ran away with her and she fell off and fractured her skull. After eight days in the hospital she was able to go home where she spent another two weeks in bed.
After attending school through the 8th grade in the 2-room school, she attended Reno High School with over 1,000 students. She was involved in drama, dance and music as well as sports — volleyball and basketball.
Gail graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy and music. Upon attending BYU, she met her future husband, James Alvin Dike on the first day of freshman orientation. They were later married on Sept. 10, 1958 in the Los Angeles Temple in Los Angeles, California.
Jim and Gail had four children. Jim worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 33 years during which time they relocated frequently, about every 3-5 years to various towns in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon. They retired in the beautiful Wallowa Valley in Enterprise, Oregon, where she resided until the present.
Gail passed away quietly at home from complications due to diabetes. She is survived by her loving spouse of nearly 61 years, Jim and their four children and spouses: Two sons —Tracy (Erika) of Shelton, WA, and Lindsey (Teri) of Klamath Falls, OR. And two daughters — Leslyn (Matt) Rasmussen of Corvallis, OR and Janelle (Corey) Wilcox of Bend, OR, as well as nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She had a voracious appetite for reading good books, and a well-developed green thumb. She loved to grow houseplants and outdoor flower gardens and could name over a dozen flowers by the age of 3. Besides her family, one of her greatest loves was music. She taught piano lessons for more than 30 years and was chorister and organist in her church congregation for many years. She was a stay at home mom for her four children.
Gail loved people and they loved her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service was held on Jan. 12, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Enterprise, Oregon.