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Rachel Amelia McColm Gallagher

June 19, 1918 — June 13, 2012

Rae Gallagher, 93, died June 13, shortly before her 94th birthday and 71st wedding anniversary.

Born in Portland to J.R. McColm and Amelia Klawa Bohle, Rae attended Rose City Park elementary and Grant High School in Portland, graduating in 1936.

Rae married Donald A. Gallagher on June 19, 1941. World War II brought many separations and moves to Indiana, Chicago, Seattle, and then back to Portland.

When Don and Rae moved from Portland to Corvallis in 1946; Rae worried because she didn’t know anyone, but she and Don soon made a wide circle of enduring friends. Rae’s friendships continued to grow through her involvement in the Episcopal Church, the Junior Women’s Club and several bridge groups.

Rae seemed to know everyone in Corvallis. She kept track of all the friends of her children and grandchildren, and most of her friends’ children and grandchildren as well.

For many years, Rae worked for the Corvallis School District as a school secretary and then as an assistant librarian at various Corvallis elementary schools. She fulfilled a lifelong dream when she went back to college and received her teaching degree from Oregon State University in 1973. She happily taught at Denny Elementary School and later at Sandridge Elementary near Lebanon until her retirement in 1991. After finally retiring, she continued her own education with computer classes and writing workshops.

For more than 60 years, Rae was an enthusiastic OSU Beaver supporter, especially of men’s and women’s basketball, football and baseball. A highlight of her 90th birthday party was a visit from Benny Beaver and the OSU cheerleaders!

Rae’s love of education and her long-term commitment to daily exercise, especially swimming, have been an inspiration to her family and friends.

Rae is survived by her husband Don, now 96; sons Jinx and wife Jan, and Jeff and wife Pam, grandsons Brandon and wife Julie, Cameron and wife Camille, Justin and wife Lara, Tim, and Patrick Gallagher; and great-grandchildren Brooks and Emily.

Rae was predeceased by a baby son, Michael, in 1942, and by her daughter, Jill, in 2010.

A celebration of Rae’s life is planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Oregon State University Alumni Center.

Rae's family would like to give special thanks to Courtney Newman, the Timberhill Place staff, and Benton Hospice Service.

Persons wishing to make gifts in Rae’s memory may direct them to their favorite charity.

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