Gail Candace Richards, 63, of Columbiana, OH, passed away at her home on Monday, July 26, 2021, at 8:01 a. m.
She was born on July 10, 1953, in Du Bois, PA, the daughter to her late parents; Gerald C. and Jacqueline (Mayes) Conklin.
Gail was a 1971 graduate of East Palestine High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Muskingham College in Chemistry, Biology, Geology, and Psychology. She took Education courses at Youngstown State University and Kent State University. Gail attended the University of Akron School of Law, receiving her Juris Doctorate Degree in 1989. She taught classes at the Columbiana County Jail Complex near Lisbon, was a Corporate Auditor for General Mills, and worked in the surgery department at Salem Community Hospital. She was of the Episcopal faith.
Growing up, Gail was a Girl Scout which gave her an appreciation for the outdoors which is where she discovered her fondness for backpacking and camping. She could often be found tending her plants in her organic garden. Gail was an avid reader and her favorite genera was history or science fiction literature. Her love of learning found her often with a book in her hand or taking classes, which was one of her favorite ways to spent the winter months. In her spare time, Gail enjoyed stitching and creating textile art.
Gail is survived by a sister; Melissa (Leonard) Arthur of Wellsville, OH, aunt; Marlene Trois of Lansdale, PA., Cousin; Maria Trois, April Paukner and Daniel Lewis; niece and nephew.
In addition to her parents, Gail is preceded in death by her sister; Dawn A. Cooper.
Private services were held August 2, 2021, Cresthaven Cemetery in Rogers.
Care was entrusted to the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services of Salem.