Gail Ann (Taylor) Koozer
Gail was born in a home in Cottage Grove, OR on Aug 11, 1942. The family lived in a log home her parents built from timber and rock on their property on Mosby Creek then moved to Brownsville Christmas of 1952. Her father worked as a timber cruiser and land surveyor for Snyder Lumber. They lived in a new house (with indoor plumbing!) surrounded by the mill, and together hand built what is now The Living Rock Studios.
Gail was a cheerleader, sang in the choir, and was active in FHA, the Presbyterian Church and youth group. She was part of the first graduating class of Central Linn High School, then put herself through college at OSU working as a waitress for "Sunny Brooks". She met her husband, Ralph Koozer in college. He went on to join the Navy while she worked as a social worker for Linn County in Albany. They were married on June 11, 1966 in the Brownsville Presbyterian Church. Their honeymoon was a road trip in their white Cadillac convertible called "Moby" to the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. From there they were transferred to Glencoe Naval Air Station, GA, then to Patuxent River, MD, where Gail taught in the public school. Returning to Oregon in the fall of 1969, they bought a home on 99W in Corvallis. Their son Craig was born in 1970. Ralph continued his education at OSU while Gail developed and ran a preschool and daycare called "Tiny Tim" (now "Little Beavers"). Son Brent was born in 1972. In 1973 they moved to Lakeside, then in 1975 to Newberg, where they lived for 44 years. Gail taught at Mt. Olive School, Clackamas 5 years, then at C.S. Lewis School, Newberg until she retired.
Gail was a natural caregiver, always helping everyone in her free time. At Grace Baptist, Newberg she taught Sunday School, provided decorations, sang in the choir, worked with missions, and loved on everyone. That love was returned tenfold in the help they offered her and Ralph. Gail enjoyed raising plants and flowers, cake decorating, quilting/sewing, singing, music and art, and ministering to those around her. She adored her family, especially her granddaughter, Electra.
When her father passed in 1996, Gail became co-owner with her sisters of The Living Rock Studios in Brownsville. They have diligently worked to keep this outreach open to the public. October 13, 2019 will be the 34th anniversary of this unique ministry, history and art museum, and rock studio.
For the last five years Gail struggled with PSP, a rare neurological disease that robbed her of mobility and independence, but never of her faith. We rejoice that she is now free of pain.
Gail is survived by her husband, Ralph Koozer, sons Craig and Brent, granddaughter, Electra, older sister Nancy Faye Bergerson, niece Char (Rob) Witmer, their new baby Taylor Faye, niece Jayna Bergerson, her younger sister Marilyn (Penny) K Mackey (David), niece Meegan (Bradly) Goodwin, their son James, and nephew Brian (Naomi) Mackey and their daughters Shirley and Carol. The memorial service is scheduled for Sunday August 11, 2019 2:00 PM at Grace Baptist Church, Newberg, Oregon, 97132.
Gail's ashes will join her pioneer ancestors at Taylor-Lane Cemetery near Cottage Grove in a private service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Living Rock Studios in her memory. It was her dearest wish for the place her father built to continue to minister for generations to come. Website: thelivingrockstudios.org. The family thanks you for your prayers and support.