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 Gail <I>Copeland</I> Allen

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Gail Copeland Allen

Birth
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death
23 Feb 2021 (aged 73)
Lakeview, Lake County, Oregon, USA
Burial
Lakeview, Lake County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID
226312174 View Source

Gail Copeland Allen, 73, the loving wife of the late Francis Allen, died on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at her home on the Open A Ranch in Lakeview.

Gail was born on July 17, 1947, in Hartford, Conn., the daughter of the late Lenore and Irving Copeland. After Irving's death, Lenore married John Frederick Bitzer and Gail became a beloved member of the entire Bitzer family.

Gail grew up in Wethersfield, Conn. and graduated from Wethersfield High School, Bradford Junior College, and American University with a major in Journalism. She returned to Hartford where she became the Women's editor for the Hartford Courant. Gail met her future husband Fran in Hawaii where they were both attending the Dole Pineapple Bake-Off, Gail on assignment for the Courant, and Fran representing his advertising firm, Allen and Dorward.

Fran had established the Open A Ranch in Lakeview in 1969 after spending his formative years on his family's ranch in Hopland, Calif. and desiring the same experience for his family to enjoy. Gail joined him on the ranch after their marriage, where they spent their 40 years of married life together. Fran and Gail hosted many memorable gatherings with Fran's four daughters and family at the ranch, while most winters were spent in Borrego Springs, Calif., enjoying many games of golf and cards with their friends and family. They loved to travel, ski and celebrate life together, especially with their daughters and grandchildren.

The Bitzer Family has fond memories of times spent with Fran and Gail over the years. At one family gathering at Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colo., the young nieces and nephews from the East exclaimed in awe that Gail was a "Real Rancher" and Fran was a "Real Cowboy!"

Gail had been the business administrator of the Open A Ranch for many years. Fran hired Lakeview local Jack Damuth in 1969 to manage the ranch. After Jack's retirement, his son Matt assumed the ranch manager position, where he is now assisted by his son, Cord. In her most recent years, Gail enjoyed Matt and Cord's caring friendship over homecooked meals and many games of cribbage.

Gail will be missed by friends and family alike.

She was preceded in death by: daughter, Janice McConnico; and brother, John Frederick Bitzer, Jr.

Gail is survived by: daughter, Sally Allen; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy Allen and Marc Landry, Lucy Allen and Rob Hellquist; sisters, Katrina (Bitzer) Woodhouse and Polly (Bitzer) LaBrie; beloved grandchildren: Christopher (Jess), Will, Sarah (Anthony), Lauren (Tom) and Courtney; four great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; and her dear childhood friend, Terry Duggan.

A Celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Desert Rose Funeral Chapel is overseeing the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed, or the guest book signed online at www.desertrosefuneralchapel.com.

Gail Copeland Allen, 73, the loving wife of the late Francis Allen, died on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at her home on the Open A Ranch in Lakeview.

Gail was born on July 17, 1947, in Hartford, Conn., the daughter of the late Lenore and Irving Copeland. After Irving's death, Lenore married John Frederick Bitzer and Gail became a beloved member of the entire Bitzer family.

Gail grew up in Wethersfield, Conn. and graduated from Wethersfield High School, Bradford Junior College, and American University with a major in Journalism. She returned to Hartford where she became the Women's editor for the Hartford Courant. Gail met her future husband Fran in Hawaii where they were both attending the Dole Pineapple Bake-Off, Gail on assignment for the Courant, and Fran representing his advertising firm, Allen and Dorward.

Fran had established the Open A Ranch in Lakeview in 1969 after spending his formative years on his family's ranch in Hopland, Calif. and desiring the same experience for his family to enjoy. Gail joined him on the ranch after their marriage, where they spent their 40 years of married life together. Fran and Gail hosted many memorable gatherings with Fran's four daughters and family at the ranch, while most winters were spent in Borrego Springs, Calif., enjoying many games of golf and cards with their friends and family. They loved to travel, ski and celebrate life together, especially with their daughters and grandchildren.

The Bitzer Family has fond memories of times spent with Fran and Gail over the years. At one family gathering at Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colo., the young nieces and nephews from the East exclaimed in awe that Gail was a "Real Rancher" and Fran was a "Real Cowboy!"

Gail had been the business administrator of the Open A Ranch for many years. Fran hired Lakeview local Jack Damuth in 1969 to manage the ranch. After Jack's retirement, his son Matt assumed the ranch manager position, where he is now assisted by his son, Cord. In her most recent years, Gail enjoyed Matt and Cord's caring friendship over homecooked meals and many games of cribbage.

Gail will be missed by friends and family alike.

She was preceded in death by: daughter, Janice McConnico; and brother, John Frederick Bitzer, Jr.

Gail is survived by: daughter, Sally Allen; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy Allen and Marc Landry, Lucy Allen and Rob Hellquist; sisters, Katrina (Bitzer) Woodhouse and Polly (Bitzer) LaBrie; beloved grandchildren: Christopher (Jess), Will, Sarah (Anthony), Lauren (Tom) and Courtney; four great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; and her dear childhood friend, Terry Duggan.

A Celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Desert Rose Funeral Chapel is overseeing the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed, or the guest book signed online at www.desertrosefuneralchapel.com.

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  • Created by: Pat McArron
  • Added: 30 Apr 2021
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 226312174
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/226312174/gail-allen: accessed ), memorial page for Gail Copeland Allen (17 Jul 1947–23 Feb 2021), Find a Grave Memorial ID 226312174, citing Sunset Park Cemetery, Lakeview, Lake County, Oregon, USA; Maintained by Pat McArron (contributor 47348594).