Gail Anne Maxwell, 73, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her husband David, daughter Korey Waechter and son Joshua on May 30, 2020 following an off and on 20 year battle with breast and colon cancer. Gail was a 13 year resident of Foresthill, CA.
Gail was the only child, born January 3, 1947, to Loretta (Henne) and Ralph Smith of Woodland, CA. As a child, she was raised in Woodland, attending grade school, middle school and Woodland High School, graduating in the class of 1964. After High School, Gail worked at the University of California in Davis where she met and married David Maxwell in 1969. Married life started out at Camp LeJeune, NC, followed by Camp Pendleton, CA and then Sacramento, CA when David was assigned overseas. She and David returned to Camp Pendleton for 6 months and then moved to the San Francisco Bay area in late 1971, living in Mountain View and Santa Clara. In 2007, Gail and David, having both retired, moved to Foresthill, CA. They were married for 50 years, celebrating that anniversary in December 2019.
Gail’s interests, in order of obsession, were her grandchildren, her children, her husband, reading, travel and volunteering. While in the Bay Area, Gail worked for a variety of tech startup companies in finance and administration, enjoying the frenetic energy of those organizations over larger established companies. After moving to Foresthill, Gail was active in the Foresthill Chamber of Commerce and the Assistance League of Greater Placer. She loved traveling with David in the United States and to Europe, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Mexico and Okinawa. She enjoyed participating in a gourmet cooking group in the Bay Area, though she was usually found keeping the kitchen clean while the rest of the group drank and made a mess of things. Family and friends constantly joked about her being a perfectionist and knew not to leave anything laying around. Gail was devoted to her grandchildren and could be found reading stories and playing video games with them, watching and cheering their involvement in sports and loudly cheering alongside them for the 49ers. Gail had a deep love for her family and friends, birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, though you definitely had to hide her presents as she would search the entire house looking for them.
Gail is survived by her husband David, daughter Korey (Mike), son Joshua (Annie), grandchildren Zara, Maxwell, Ainsley, Oliver and Iris and step-sister Debbie Bell (Bob). She was preceded in death by her parents and her half-brother, Scott Sigl and step-brothers Randy, Eric and Donnie Howat and step-sister Wendy Howat. A private burial will be in the Auburn Cemetery and a memorial gathering will be held at a future date.