In Memoriam

Elizabeth Gael O’Reilly, Associate


Elizabeth Gael O’Reilly, an Adrian Dominican Associate, died on June 14, 2018. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on May 21, 1939 to Elizabeth (MacDonald) and Patrick Francis (Frank) O’Reilly. The family moved to Seattle in 1949, first to Capitol Hill before settling on lower Queen Anne. 

Gael and her sister Sharon attended Sacred Heart Catholic School. Gael graduated from Holy Names Academy on Capitol Hill in 1957 and was an active member of the Holy Names community and Alumni Association.

Gael married Wayne Simmons in 1959 and had four children. Gael became active at Blessed Sacrament Parish, where her children attended school. In 1973, after her divorce, Gael started a career outside of the home. 

Gael was a committed feminist and a lover of Christmas decorations, cats, and clever cartoons. A voracious reader, she was part of a book club for more than four decades. A passionate advocate for the underdog, she worked with the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center and the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Gael was service personified. She gave love, kindness, thoughtfulness, and compassion to all. Her presence will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her children, Mark (Lara), Eric (Katie), Carrie Simmons (E.J.), and Pat Simmons; her grandchildren, Audrey, Andrew, Daniel, Owen, Jack, and Ava; her sister, Sharon O’Reilly Nolan; her niece Bridget; and nephews Matt and Leif Bergman.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center; St. Joseph Residence at Providence Mount St. Vincent; or the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018, and the Celebration of Life Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018, both at Blessed Sacrament Church, 5050 8th Avenue NE, Seattle.


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