Gail Morine Faber
December 10, 1927 to January 14, 2021
Resident of Danville, CA
Beverly Gail Morine (Gail) was born in Oakland, California on December 10, 1927 to Reuben Hall Morine and Pearl Marzetta Edwards Morine. She died on January 14, 2021 from complications due to appendicitis, in Walnut Creek, California at the age of 93.
Gail grew up in Oakland on James Avenue, the same street as her future husband, Allen Faber and his sister Gloria. Gloria and Gail were childhood friends, long before Allen and Gail started dating. Prior to getting married in March of 1950, Gail and Allen spent many nights dancing the night away at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley.
Over the course of her life, Gail never lost her love for her alma matter, the University of California, Berkeley from where she graduated in 1949 to become an elementary school teacher. Gail was always excited when someone she knew and loved was furthering their education at UC Berkeley.
Gail was a long-time resident of Danville moving there in the early 50’s with her husband, Allen, who practiced dentistry. Gail was a devoted wife for 53 years until Allen passed away in 2003.
Gail began her teaching career at the Alamo school in 1950. She taught thereafter at Stone Valley, Vista Grande and Montair schools before the culmination of her teaching career at Rancho Romero Elementary School in Alamo, California. Gail taught fourth grade at Rancho Romero for many years. At Rancho Romero, Gail became known as the “Jellybean Queen,” for the jar of jellybeans she stationed on her desk, used as positive reinforcement for her students. Beloved by all who knew her, students and teachers alike, she was selected as “Teacher of the Year” for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) for the 1969 – 1970 term.
From an early age, Gail developed a love for Native American culture, during time spent visiting her uncle at Henry’s Lake, Idaho, and Wyoming/ Montana with her parents. Gail enjoyed sharing with others her many stories of times spent at Native American tribal gatherings. This love for Native Americans led Gail to co-author 5 history books for fourth graders about Native Americans of California, California Missions and Ranchos. The books were used by fourth grade teachers in the SRVUSD and elsewhere in California. An excellent artist who loved to draw, Gail created many of the illustrations in those books.
Gail also conducted Native American life presentations at the San Ramon Valley Museum for 25 years and taught at Tassajara One-Room School House for 13 years.
A devout woman of Christian faith, Gail was a member of the Danville Community Presbyterian Church (CPC) from the early 50’s until her death. She attended Bible Study Fellowship and Focused Living Bible Study for many years and spoke freely about her faith. Gail was a Stephen Minister and Deacon at CPC and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School there for many years. Sadly, the COVID pandemic canceled in-person church services and thus limited the social interactions that she dearly loved. Prior to passing, she adjusted to zoom and was at the screen each Sunday for church service.
Never much of a sports fan, late in life Gail developed a love for the Golden State Warriors and became a huge fan of Klay Thompson. For many years, Gail never missed watching a game.
Gail loved Lake Tahoe. From her youth until her death, she spent many years at the Tahoe family cabin enjoying the beauty of the Lake with her family and friends. Since Allen’s passing, Tahoe was her favorite place “to be.”
Devoted to her family, Gail is survived by her three sons and her daughter-in-law (Mark, Cameron, Matthew, and Dianne) and two grandchildren (Nicholas and Zachary).
Gail was a kind, loving and generous person to all she met, strangers and friends alike. She exhibited the qualities of love, compassion, humility and joy throughout her life. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Gail’s family thanks everyone for their kind prayers, love, and support. There will be a Celebration of Life service for Gail when the COVID crisis allows for an appropriate gathering.
Donations can be made in Gail’s honor/memory to the League to Save Lake Tahoe. Visit keeptahoeblue.org/donate, click ‘donate now,’ and check the box to dedicate your donation in honor/memory of Gail.
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