GALE VANDERSLICE August 22, 1952 - September 20, 2019 Well-known former Ridgecrest community leader and volunteer Gale Vanderslice passed away recently at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., Gale was raised in Markham, Ill until she was 16, when her family relocated to Santa Ana, Calif. She became a Ridgecrest resident in 1979 where she resided with her husband Jerry and son Jason, until her retirement to Pahrump in 2012. Gale was one of the founders of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, "Community Unity Star Follies." Known for her generosity of time and talents, she also was a volunteer of IWV Youth Football and Baseball, where for many years she could be found stocking and serving at the snack bars. She and Jerry met at Narducci Lincoln-Mercury in West Covina, Calif., and Gale remained in the car business until Jerry's retirement from the Naval Weapons Center. For her diligence as office manager for Toyota of Ridgecrest, she was honored as Toyota Southern District, Office Manager of the Year. In addition to her work at dealerships, Gale was also office manager for a government contractor, Dial Engineering. Away from work, Gale was a member of the China Lake Ladies Golf Club, and spent many hours doing various volunteer tasks for local charitable golf tournaments. Best friend and fellow volunteer Lynn Garza said, "Everyone knew if you wanted something done right, to ask Gale, and if someone needed help, ask Gale. Never in the limelight, she was always in the background, always making things happen." Lynn added, "She was very special in that everyone liked her, with her sense of humor and generous ways, she made friends easily." Following her retirement and move to Pahrump, she became involved with the Thursday night Ladies Golf group at Mountain Falls Golf Course and the United Methodist Church, where she volunteered as auditor. Gale was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Stanton Bondy and her brother Gary Marc Bondy. Gale is survived by her husband of over 40 years, Jerry; their son, Jason; her twin sister, Carol Ann Tryon of Panama City Beach, Fla.; and half-brother, Charles Bond of La Mirada, Calif. A celebration of Gale's incredible life is being held at Triple T's in Ridgecrest, Calif. on Saturday, November 9th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Nov. 1, 2019.