Gail Horning Passes Away at 68


Gail L. Horning passed away on June 9, 2019 at her home in Hermiston at the age of 68.

She was born on Oct. 6, 1950 in La Grande to Harold and Lillian Young Herrmann.

Gail was raised in La Grande, graduating from La Grande High School in the class of 1968. She then earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Oregon University in 1972. She began her teaching career in Ione two years before going to A.C. Houghton Elementary in Irrigon in 1975. Gail taught second grade students most of her career, retiring in 2013. She was united in marriage to Pius Horning on May 16, 1981 in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.

Gail enjoyed fishing, camping, cooking and writing poetry and songs, and cherished spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Pius Horning, Hermiston; sons, Donnie Horning and his wife Joleen, and Rich Horning, all of Hermiston, and Cade Horning, Payette, Idaho; daughter, Natalie Schwartz and her husband Tim, Hermiston; brother, Tom Herrmann and his wife Swannee, La Grande; six grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gail was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother, Bruce.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Stokes Landing Senior Center, Irrigon.

Those who wish may make contributions in Gail’s memory to Vange John Memorial Hospice Education Fund, in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, Ore., 97838.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.