Gaily, Christmas Jean (Tuttle) – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon

Christmas Jean (Tuttle) Gaily, 105, died Feb. 27 at a local care home. The burial will be private, and a memorial service is planned for a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel, La Grande.

Known as Jean, she was born Dec. 25, 1901, to Eddie Bruce and Verda Ethel (Woods) Tuttle on a farm in northwestern Union County. The farm was settled by her grandfather, Terry Tuttle, who came here by wagon train in 1862.

She attended the one-room Willow Creek School through the seventh grade, and rode horseback to Imbler School for four years. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1919. Jean attended Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1924.

While teaching in the Enterprise school system, Jean met Donald L. Gaily. They were married April 18, 1924, and moved to La Grande in 1926. Don preceded her in death in 1989.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, T. Dean and Carole Gaily of Nanaimo, British Columbia; a niece; and two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The family wishes to express their thanks to Shirley and Rob VanWoerden and Sue Stubblefield as well as to the staff at Orchard Place for their care and compassion.

The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Mar. 3, 2007 Published: March 3, 2007

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