Monday, February 8, 2010

Gail Sigford: Happy Birthday, Aunt Gail

This is one of my favorite pictures of my Aunt Gail, Gail Gwendolyn Sigford. She would have been eighty-eight years old today, February 9th. She was my mother's younger sister, in fact Gail was the baby of their family. When we were growing up, Gail brought a sense of a different world into our southern Oregon farm-family home. She loved to tell stories of her experiences in the WASP (Women Air Service Pilots), of characters that she had met on her travels, of art and ideas, and her "take" on the world. Everyone who met her was enthralled, at one time or another, with this Gail that we knew.

I miss our conversations.

I miss the banter of ideas.

I miss Aunt Gail.


  1. Joan, isn't it interesting how we can have one or two favorite relatives? Ones that melt our heart just seeing them or lighten our spirit with just a few kind words. Your Aunt Gail sounds like a terrific person. Thanks for sharing such a heartwarming story.

  2. I can see why this is your favorite and why you miss her, you get a sense of your aunt with this photo!

    I feel that way with my aunt Ginnie, I have a few photos of her that just touches my heart. She is still living so I don't post them but love looking at them frequently. Thank you so much for sharing your aunt and her story.

  3. "Taylorstales" and Gini,

    Thanks for the comments on this piece on my Aunt Gail. She was special to me.

  4. I love that picture! Just looking at it makes you wish you had gotten to know her, and to hear her stories! Thanks for sharing!