Gail Ann (Herholtz) Showers
1943 - 2020
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Showers (Herholtz)
November 16, 1943 June 6, 2020
Gail Ann Showers passed peacefully on June 6th, 2020. Gail was born on November 16th, 1943 to Dudley and Elizabeth Smith in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Troy High School on June 7th, 1962. Gail also was named Troy's Business and Professional Women's Fashion Queen in 1960 when she sold over 160 tickets to the fashion show and beat out dozens of other contenders.
After high school, Gail worked in sales and later married William F. Herholtz in 1969 and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. She loved her life as a homemaker and raising her two sons, Bill, and Eric Herholtz. Everyone who knew her, quickly realized she was a pleasant and kind soul, never disparaging others, and carrying herself with class. An avid and enthusiastic conversationalist, Gail never met a stranger.
Later in life, Gail worked for O'reily Auto Parts Stores in Royal Oak Michigan and then for Home Instead senior health care. Her caring and thoughtful ways were a perfect fit for caregiving, and she excelled at it.
In 2016 Gail moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to be closer to her son Bill Herholtz, Daughter-in-law Lara Herholtz, and her three grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her ex-husband William F. Herholtz and her loving and supportive brother, Dudley Bird Smith III.
Survived by her two sons, Bill (Lara) Herholtz and Eric Herholtz, brothers Craig (Barb) Smith and Bruce (Rachel) Smith, sister Andra (Mike) Powers, sister-in-law Barb Smith, grandsons Josef, Thomas, and Samuel Herholtz, nephews Mark, Jeff, Tom, Chris, and Dudley, nieces, Lynn, Laura, Jennifer, and Carolyn. Family and friends were an important part of Gail's life and she treasured those times spent together.
Gail was a kind-hearted and gentle soul, willing to do anything for friends and family. Her kindness and caring nature will be missed, treasured, and never forgotten.

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Published in The Gazette on Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 18, 2020
Use your smile to change the world, dont let the world change your smile.
Aunt Gail never stop sharing her beautiful smile, even when life became difficult. Her kindness and acts of love will always be cherished.
Rest In Peace Aunt Gail. We love you.
Tom and Heidi Kenny
Tom Kenny
July 12, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Ronald & Karen Swensson
July 11, 2020
At the Herholtz Christmas party in 2018 and 2019, I talked with Gail far longer than with anyone else. I thoroughly enjoyed our friendship and fellowship at these two get-togethers and for five decades prior. Gail will be missed and always loved by many people. Go in peace, dear heart. May God bless you. With love.
Randy Birndorf
July 11, 2020
In loving memory of my sister who is an angel in Heaven.
"I love you everyday. And now I will miss you everyday."
My memories will definitely become my treasures.
Andra and Mike Powers
July 11, 2020
My Aunt was a loving and kind person. When you were around her she always had this knack for making you feel like you were the most important person and special. It was clear how much she cared for and valued family. I will always remember her caring and kind ways. Love you Aunt Gail! I hope you are at peace and reunited with Papa & Grandma Smith, Aunt Delores, and Uncle Dudley. You will always have a special place in my heart ❤
Lynn Jackson
July 11, 2020
I miss you Aunt Gail! I will always have my fondest memories of you at Grandma Smith's house with Carolyn playing Yahtzee and making pies! May you be in peace and never forgotten, love you!
Jennifer Bedolla
July 11, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's rou OPtine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Jean Birndorf
July 10, 2020
We miss you Mom! May you rest in peach and God bless your soul. Thank you for teaching me patience, kindness, respect, and love.
William F Herholtz III
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