Gail Cecilia <I>Meagher</I> DeWalt


Gail Cecilia Meagher DeWalt

Belt, Cascade County, Montana, USA
Death 17 Feb 2005 (aged 96)
Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, USA
Burial Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 10787639 View Source
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Gail DeWalt, 96 years young, passed away peacefully Feb. 17, 2005, at Cooney Convalescent Home in Helena.

Gail, a native Montanan, was born on Sept. 21, 1908, in Belt. At the time, her parents, Joseph D. and Lillian Schenck Meagher, were living in Neihart. They later moved to Sand Coulee and then to the now ghost mining town of Lehigh, where Gail attended grade school.

After graduating from high school in Stanford, Gail attended the Great Falls Commercial College. Upon graduation, she worked in the office of the Paris Dry Goods Company, now the Bon, and later for Wendt Advertising Agency. She then moved to Helena, and was employed by the state of Montana until retirement.

Gail's experience at the Capitol in Helena included working in all three branches of government. Her legislative experience covered two sessions as a House stenographer and hearing reporter. Her judicial experience included working as a stenographer for the Attorney General, assisting the Code Commissioner in the 1947 re-codification of the Montana state laws, and 10 years as a stenographer-reporter for the Supreme Court of Montana. Her executive branch experience consisted of working with the Public Service Commission as a hearing reporter. Gail's last 17 years at the Capitol were served as Chief Deputy Secretary of State, ending with her retirement in 1976.

In the 1930s and 40s, Gail was an active member and officer in the county, state and national Young Democrat Clubs. She was a member of the Helena Legal Secretaries Association and served as the Chapter President. She was also actively involved in the work at DeWalt Studio and the state photography association.

Gail had a great love for gardening and delighted in planting a beautiful variety of flowers and shrubs in the gardens around her home at 1 Washington Place. She had a deep regard for all animals, especially dogs and remembered when she and Sheriff Dave Midlemas were the only members of the Helena Humane Society. Her pride and joy was her little gray poodle "Dee" who was a well known and popular Helena canine.

Gail was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence DeWalt, and his son, Richard; her sister, Edith Meagher Roope; and her brothers, Eddy Meagher and Joseph Meagher. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Doris Meagher; nephews, Terry and Tim Meagher; niece, Marcia Meagher Bragg; and Clarence's granddaughter, Jacqueline Bedsworth.

A memorial service will be held at Retz Funeral Home on Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. Following burial at Sunset Memorial Garden, please join Gail's family and friends at a reception in her honor at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials honoring Gail can be made to the Lewis and Clark Humane Society or an organization of your choice.


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