Gail Diane Marsh, 74, peacefully passed away in her home on February 13, 2021 in Littleton, Colorado.
Gail was born and raised in Detroit to parents Joseph J. Slonka and Jeanne (Grzelewski) Slonka-Bragiel and graduated from Chadsey High School. She navigated her way through nursing and business school while caring for her 5 children. Her role as a Nursing Home Administrator inspired a life-long career as an advocate for elder care and senior resources.
At the passing of her late husband Bruce Marsh, Gail moved to Littleton, CO. to be closer to her children. Here, she quickly assimilated into many of the leadership roles she had fostered while in Michigan.
Gail was awarded “Woman of the Year” for her role as ABWA (American Business Women’s Assoc.) Centennial Chapter President; a nationwide association that offers educational opportunities through scholarships, mentoring and networking.
She was also President for her local chapter AARP in Littleton which provided resources, support and education for senior-elder care. This inspired her to become a certified Ombudsmen, furthering her volunteer outreach as a leader in her community.
Gail wore many hats, but none punctuated her zest for life quite like her Red Hat Society ladies. Her honored role in Michigan carried over to the Littleton Chapter and she easily became a cornerstone for her fellow lady Hatters. She had a creative flair for event planning and a natural curiosity to discover all things “Colorado” which benefitted the groups desire for “social sunshine” and camaraderie. Over the years, her willingness to put others needs before her own has woven a colorful tapestry of friendship and relations that reflect her humor, humility and “devil-may-care” view on life.
It’s hard to believe Gail had any spare time with all her activities, yet she also volunteered as a Docent (tour guide) at Cherokee Castle in Castle Pines, CO. Over 300 hrs logged in her cowboy boots, visitors strolled the grounds as she shared her vast knowledge of the castle and local history.
Gail is survived by her brother Robert Slonka (Patty), sister Debbie Tancier (Ron) and children Pamela, Joseph, Michelle, David and Jason (2006). She has many exceptional nieces, nephews, and grand children. She will be missed dearly by all.