July 4, 1972-Aug. 21, 2004

UMATILLA - The funeral for Rebecca Michelle "Becky" Gale will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 25, at the Umatilla Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, Wash., along Bypass Highway.

Mrs. Gale, 32, of Umatilla, long active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died peacefully in her home on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, after a long battle with cancer.

She was the eldest of eight children born to LaMonte and Kathy Vinke Long, at Midland, Texas, on July 4, 1972.

She was raised at Richardson, Texas, where she graduated high school and had participated in band and flag corps.

She was very active, from a young age, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Throughout her life she served in many positions in her church, including the Primary and Relief Society. It is here that she was able to share her special talent as a teacher helping to teach many children and adults.

After high school she attended Brigham Young University where she graduated in the spring of 1996 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Prior to graduation she chose to serve a mission for her church in Milan, Italy.

On Aug. 20, 1996, she married Brian Gale in the Dallas, Texas, LDS Temple. They lived at Provo, Utah, while Mr. Gale finished his education. It is there that they started their family. The Gales are parents of two children, DeMar, 6, and Ruth, 4. The family moved to Umatilla in January 2002.

Mrs. Gale loved helping others, playing music and creating peace in her home. She played the piano, read, spent time outdoors, and raised her children. She was a stay-at-home mom, devoted to teaching her children and spending time with family and loved ones. It was said she would be remembered for her optimism, strength, kindness, generosity, and strong faith in Jesus Christ.

Survivors include her husband, Brian, son, DeMar, and daughter, Ruth, all of Umatilla; her father, LaMonte Long, and his wife, Ming Chun, of Richardson, Texas; her mother, Kathy Vinke of Richardson, Texas; brothers, David Long, Jeff Long and Daniel Long, and sisters, Sharon Long, Beth Long, Stephanie Long and Amy Long, all of Richardson; also 8 nieces and 5 nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 645 W. Orchard Ave., Hermiston, OR 97838, or to cancer research at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, where an account is currently being set up.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

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