Gail Lynn Richardson passed away October 30, 2023, at home surrounded by her loved ones. Gail was born February 22, 1973, in Buffalo, Wyoming, to Doug and Terry Richardson. As a child, she participated in numerous theatrical and musical productions. She grew up in Casper, Wyoming, graduating from Kelly Walsh High School in 1991. She attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where she ran cross country and track. Gail transferred to Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in English Education. She also performed in several college theatre productions and had a brief modeling career.
It was at Chadron where she met her husband David Dickerson. When Gail and Dave were in college, they loved to dance and generally caused good trouble with friends who they are still close with today. Gail loved Dave deeply; his practical sense offset her free spirit nicely. They were married May 24, 1997, at the Presbyterian Church in Sutherland, Nebraska. Gail and Dave lived in Casper, Wyoming, and Blackfoot, Idaho, before settling in Twin Falls in 1999.
Gail’s teaching career included Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot, Kimberly High School, Twin Falls High School, and Immanuel Lutheran School. In the midst of her teaching career, she obtained her degree as a registered nurse at the College of Southern Idaho receiving awards for being the outstanding nursing student.
Her nursing career included Magic Valley Regional Medical Center, the office of Sara Johnson, MD, Sawtooth Surgery Center, and at the time of her death, she was the School Nurse at Valley School District.
Gail’s favorite career began in 2003 with the birth of her son, Hollis, who was followed by her daughter, Nolan in 2006. Gail loved her kids fiercely and would talk about the quirks that she felt made each of them so incredible! She loved that Hollis is so affectionate and Nolan is strong willed and persistent. She felt fortunate that both kids are full of kindness and empathy. She was the biggest advocate of her children and supported all children.
Gail was a lover of all people and life. She was fortunate to be joined in the Richardson house by siblings Joe and Micah. Laughter and fun were always guaranteed when the three were together.
From cheering on her kids to playing a game of pinochle, Gail was sure to bring enthusiasm and a good dose of laughter to all she did. She made the lives of those who were lucky enough to have her in it better, and she will be deeply missed.
Gail is survived by her husband Dave, her children Hollis and Nolan of Twin Falls, her parents Doug and Terry Richardson of Casper, Wyoming, her brother Joe (Heather) Richardson of Erie, Colorado, her sister Micah (Rich Miles) Richardson of Laramie, Wyoming, her aunt Jackie Swigert of Oral, South Dakota, her aunt and uncle Rita and Kenny Dexter of Kerrville, Texas, and her in-laws Jim and Patricia Dickerson of Sutherland, Nebraska, nephews Dillon Richardson and Esher Miles, niece Jordan Richardson, and cousin Kelly Plessman of Casper, Wyoming.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, uncles Ike Swigert and Delmar Richardson, and cousins Roger Swigert and Ross Dexter.
A memorial service will be held at Valley High School, 882 Valley Road Hazelton, Idaho, Sunday, November 5 at 2pm. Following the service there will a reception/celebration of life at the Stone House 330 4th Ave S, Twin Falls.
In-lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Gail Richardson Charitable Fund at any First Federal Savings Bank in the Magic Valley. Or mail to First Federal Savings Bank PO Box 249 Twin Falls, ID 83303.