Gae Dow

Gae Valerie Dow

Thursday, October 10th, 1946 - Sunday, March 8th, 2020
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Gae Valerie Dow passed away peacefully on March 8, 2020. Gae was 73 years old. She was born in West Branch, Michigan. Gae was a high school graduate who loved a challenge. She did many things throughout her life from bank teller to school bus driver and finally conference director for the western turbine users group which she did for 20 plus years. She loved the people she work ed with there and the acquaintances she made with folks from the different corners of the world. She always looked back on those days as fun times.

Gae was an amazing woman who from flying halfway across the country just to drive a tank to simply racing down the face of a sand dune on an all terrain vehicle lived life to the fullest. Any big or small accomplishment made by her family and friends was celebrated immediately upon her hearing of it. She was extremely enthusiastic in all aspects of her life. Gae had an abundance of compassion and was deeply loyal. The love for her husband "Jack" never faltered and could not be shaken.

Gae is preceded in death by her parents, Oakie Bertilson and Pauline Bertilson, and sister Rene' Berilson Graham; Gae is survived by her husband John Dow and son Michael Dow.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the San Diego USO.
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  • Services have been postponed to a later date.

    Miramar National Cemetery
    5795 Nobel Dr.
    San Diego, Ca 92122
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    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the San Diego USO.


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Meredith Dow

Posted at 05:43pm
Gae was a wonderful wife, mother and friend. Some of my best memories were spent with her playing Bingo, attending the Pageant of the Masters with her and her best friend Joyce or getting all dressed up for the Emmy's!
I respected her kindness, generosity, honesty, strength and adventurous spirit. She was a beautiful person inside and out.
One has to question why such a loving generous person was taken from us so early. I guess heaven must be running short on Angels and God needed her more than we did. I believe that she is watching over us now.
This is one of my favorite photos of Gae - dancing with her son at our wedding in the fabulous coral dress she picked for herself!
I am honored to have loved her and been a part of her family.

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