Gail Ivy Comstock Oakley

Gail Ivy Comstock Oakley

June 08, 1948 - December 08, 2022

Gail Ivy Comstock Oakley

June 08, 1948 - December 08, 2022


Gail Ivy Comstock Oakley passed away peacefully on December 8th, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her husband, family, and caring staff at the Providence Mission Hospital in Orange County, California.

She was born on June 8th, 1948 in Herkimer, New York, daughter of the late Bart and Joan Comstock. She attended school in Herkimer, NY and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She then moved to California to work as a buyer for a large department store and later moved into facilities management for multiple companies.

She met her husband, Richard Oakley, in 1994, and they recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Together they loved to ski, travel and were involved in the Trabuco Presbyterian Church.

Gail stayed active through long-distance walking, completing several half-marathons, loved to cook and was always trying new recipes.

Gail is survived lovingly remembered by her husband Richard Oakley of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, step-daughter Brooke Oakley Cherven (Chris) of Decatur, GA and two young grandchildren, Keegan James and Emily Oakley Cherven; her sister Lynn Comstock Barnhart (Chris) of Seattle, WA and four nieces and nephews Shauna Lockhart (Cody), of Jackson, Wyoming, Peter Walchenbach (Stephanie), Trevor Walchenbach, and Ava Barnhart of Seattle, WA, one great-niece, Amelia and two great-nephews, Callahan and Bode.

A memorial service is being planned for Spring 2023. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to the Leonard Cancer Institute at Providence Mission Hospital Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Celebration Of Life

  • Date & Time: No Date & Time
  • Venue: Spring Of 2023 - Details To Follow At A Later Date

Providence Mission Hospital Foundation

American Cancer Society

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5 responses to Gail Ivy Comstock Oakley

  1. Gail will always be alive in our hearts.

  2. Tina Tilzer says:

    Gail was my boss…when we worked at Burlington Industries in NYC she was a leader …a hard worker…respected by everyone !….Gail was the head of the Fashion Dept.
    I looked up to her …she ran fashion shows ..was a buyer …and always had a chic and elegant appearance !…..
    So very sad to hear about her passing …..I will always remember her .


  3. Gail was a beautiful woman with an amazing personality full of kindness and love. I wish I could have spent more time with her! My deepest sympathies to Dick and the family for the loss of this beautiful soul. She is flying with the angels now! She will live on in the hearts and memories of all who knew and loved her.

  4. Tina Helmer says:

    This is so sad. I was a classmate of Gail’s. She was beautiful inside and out. My heart is very sad but knowing she no longer suffers will give some comfort. Peace and love to you and your family.

  5. Gail’s life was a celebration of living courageously and to the fullest, in spite of all the circumstances. She was a bright light and I will always remember her that way. She was much loved and will be much missed but I am so thankful to have known her. Love and prayers to her family.

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