Gail Greaves Blake Marshall 1942 – 2010


PETALUMA, Calif. — Gail passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones in Petaluma, Calif. 

A native of Maine, she attended Waterville schools, graduated Magna Summa Cum Laude and became certified as a laboratory technician at Thayer Hospital School of Medical Technology in Waterville.

In October of 1962, she married C. William (Bill) Blake and they had a daughter, Felicia. In 1986, she moved to Sonoma County, Calif., and married Arthur Marshall. They were married for 13 years until his passing in 1998. While in California, she worked for the Personal Stamp Exchange as a data analyst for 10 years, until retiring in 2006.

Gail was a resident of the Sandalwood Estates in Petaluma, Calif. For the past seven years, she has been a companion and fiancee to William Donahue. Together they tirelessly fought for the rights of elderly park residents as active members of the Golden State Manufacturing Home Owners Association. She was also an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary and the Petaluma Veterans Group. Gail was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking, crafting and playing the piano.

Gail is survived by her fiance, William Donahue, of Petaluma , Calif . Her daughter, Felicia, and son-in-law, Norm Bernier, of Greene and their children, Brooke, Morgen and Kyle; her chosen daughter, Kristi Nichols, of Fairfield; a brother, James Greaves and wife, Elaine, of Johnston, Pa.; two sisters, Mrs. Gerald (Jill) Lebel of Auburn and Mrs. Peter (Terry) Marden of Belfast; as well as several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members from both the Marshall and Donahue families.