Gail Wootton Berrall
March 15, 1934 - April 23, 2014
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|Gail Wootton Berrall, 80, of Harrisonburg, passed away April 23, 2014.
Gail was born March 15, 1934 in Montclair, New Jersey and was the daughter of the
late Harry and Catherine M. Wootton of Montclair, New Jersey and Naples, Florida and
sister of the late Harry Wootton Jr. of Montclair, NJ. and long time companion of the
late Bob Drepperd.
She is survived by her two daughters and their families, Kimberly A. Berrall and husband,
Steven S. Wolfe of Elkton, VA, and Julia B. Duran and husband, Afredo R. Duran
of Glen Allen, VA and their three children, Amy Gail, Timothy Alec, and Christina
Noelle Duran; and her former husband, James C. Berrall of Fairfield, PA.
Gail graduated from Montclair High School in 1952 and Wheaton College in Norton,
MA in 1956 with a degree in botony. Later in life, she received an associates degree in
landscape design from Virginia Tech in the mid 70’s and began designing residential and
commercial gardens and landscapes, introducing some of the early concepts in architectural
landscape design that we now call “green” to the Shenandoah Valley. In 1987, she
joined VerStandig Broadcasting in advertising and marketing, representing local radio
stations WSVA/Q101 until 1993.
Gail had a passion for singing and dancing and was a member of two local dance
groups: The Massanutten Mountain Cloggers and Leather and Lace Line Dancers. Gail
was a long time member of the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society and sang with the
group at many events and recitals. Gail was a member of the Kiwanis Club and loved to volunteer
with the Boys and Girls Club. She was also a master gardener and spent many hours
with her special friend, Bob Drepperd, growing flowers and vegetables. They are now
dancing up a storm!
According to her wishes, her body will be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held on
Saturday, May 3, at 2pm at Sunnyside Chapel in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, Gail requested that friends “please go out and plant a blooming tree”
in her memory.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kygers.com