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Gail Katherine Isobel Walton passed away on April 22nd 2018 around 3am at the Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham North Carolina. She succumbed after a brief relapse in her struggle with cancer. She was the third child born to George Lucas and Mary Isobel (Ash) Spalding on September 25th 1942 in Ontario, Canada. She spent her early years in Peterborough and her formidable years in Coburg. After graduating Cobourg High School in 1960 she attended Peterborough School of Nursing and graduated with an Associate Nursing Degree in June 1963. She then emigrated from Canada and landed in the greater Los Angeles area of California, United States. While in California she met her lifelong friend, companion, and husband David E. Walton in Los Angeles and they were married on Nov 27 1968 in that same county. She accepted David’s son Charles Gregory, from a previous marriage, as her own. Gail and David then had two daughters, Donnie and Ronnie, while living in California. The family of five then relocated to Reno, Nevada. While in Reno they fostered multiple children. The family of five eventually moved to Hillsborough North Carolina in 1978. While in Hillsborough Gail and David bought some acreage in 1980 and raised chicken, dairy goats, and hogs. They were willing to open their home and adopted five children; Jeremy and his sibling twins Lauren “Jay” & Laurence Simpson, then later they adopted siblings Shantarus and Javario Armstrong. The family resided in Hillsborough until February 2017, then moved to Durham. Gail worked in Los Angeles and Reno as a nurse. She and Dave both worked at the main Duke University Hospital as an Operating Room Nurses. She also had a brief period of employment at the University of North Carolina Hospital in the late 1980’s. She then returned to Duke University Hospital from where she retired in 2009. She also liked the hobby of beadwork which eventually turned into a small craft business with her daughter Rhonda and later offered training classes to fellow residents at the Durham Regent Independent Living facility. Wherever Gail was she made friends and acquaintances with all and was well known and admired by her coworkers. She noted her ‘Famous Quote’ as "Nothing can bring happiness to you but yourself", by Ralph Waldo Emerson. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Charles Gregory Walton, and brother George A. Spalding. She leaves behind her husband; her siblings: Barbara Begg and Dreena Cole of Ontario, Canada; her children: Donnell (Harold) Primm of Meadows Place Texas, Rhonda (Mike) Gaskin of Hillsborough North Carolina, Shantarus of Mebane North Carolina, Jeremy of New York, Lauren “Jay” of Kansas City Missouri, Laurence of Mebane North Carolina, and Javario of Burlington North Carolina; her grandchildren: Brittney (Derrick) Ryan and great-grandson Oliver of Clarksville Tennessee, Greg Holloway Walton of Raleigh North Carolina, Jessica Grantham and Sandra Grantham, both of Stafford Texas; adoptive grandchildren, Ayanna, Jeremy Jr., Victoria, Mason, Amelia, Destiny, Brayleigh; and several nieces and nephews with their extended family. Gail will be remembered as a loving, caring, and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. A Memorial Service was held for family and friends at the Durham Regent Retirement facility on Saturday, 28th April 2018 from 2pm to 4pm. Her ashes will be maintained by the family.

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  • Monday, April 23, 2018
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  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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