HAMILTON — Otilia Gail Gandara Scott, 81, of Hamilton, was born on Aug. 17, 1937, in her grandmother’s home in Stevensville, 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, 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 Oct. 30, 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 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 26. 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 two 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, Aug. 6, 11 a.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 411 5th St., Hamilton, 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. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at whitesittfuneralhome.com.