Colonial Funeral Home

Gail Renee (Northover) Teo (63) of White Swan passed away on Wednesday August 7, 2019 at her home. Gail was born in Toppenish on February 19, 1956 to William and Barbara (Chinn) Northover. She was raised on the Northover Cattle Ranch in Medicine Valley and graduated in 1974 from White Swan High School. She was the White Swan All Indian Rodeo Queen in 1973. On March 27, 1976 she married Harris Teo at the United Methodist Church in White Swan. They renewed their vows in at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 2013. Gail attended Floral Design School in Denver and was an accomplished floral designer for many years. She also owned a restaurant, “The Doughnut Shop,” with her husband. Most recently she owned a commercial fishing business.

Gail loved designing flowers for people, gardening, her cats, her german shepherds, horses, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. She had a deep respect for her elders from Duncan, B.C. who came and provided Indian names for herself and her family. Gail was a member of the Yakama Nation.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Harris of White Swan; two daughters, Ellen (Stephen Starr) Teo of Zillah and Aggie (Tony) Bautista of Yakima; five grandchildren, Mya and Sarah Bautista, Ava and Stephen Starr Jr. and Jack Whitefoot; six sisters, Devra Lewis, Bobi Manuel; Carol Komaromy, Gina Moore, Mabel Cultee and Evonne Moore; brothers, David Northover, William Yallup, Terry, Dan and Rick Mooney; and aunt, Thelma Quaempts and numerous nieces, nephews and extended grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Barbara (Chinn) Northover and a brother, Walter Manuel.

Dressing services will be at Colonial Funeral Home on Monday August 12, 2019 at 11 AM with overnight services following at the 1910 Shaker Church. Sunrise services will be at the church Tuesday with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 9 AM. Interment will follow at Reservation Community Memorial Park west of Wapato. Heggie’s Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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