Gale Vanderslice

Gale VandersliceGale Vanderslice, well-known former resident, community leader and volunteer, passed away Sept. 20, 2019, at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.

Born Aug. 22, 1952, in Los Angeles, Gale was raised in Markham, Ill., until she was 16, when her family relocated to Santa Ana.

She moved in 1979 to Ridgecrest, where she resided with her husband Jerry and son Jason until her retirement to Pahrump, Nev., 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 for 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. 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.

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. If someone needed help, ask Gale. Never in the limelight, she was always in the background, always making things happen. She was very special in that everyone liked her. With her sense of humor and generous ways, she made friends easily.”

Following Gale’s 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 more than 40 years, Jerry; son, Jason; twin sister, Carol Ann Tryon of Panama City Beach, Fla.; and half-brother, Charles Bond of La Mirada.

A celebration of Gale’s incredible life will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, from 2-6 p.m. at Triple T’s in Ridgecrest.

— Submitted by the family of Gale Vanderslice

Story First Published: 2019-11-01