Gale Helen Kilmer, 81, of Leicester, North Carolina, died April 1, 2019. During her long career she helped establish the Justice and Peace Department at the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison.
Gale was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 20, 1937, the daughter of Albert and Helen (Mortash) Oswald. She graduated from S.J. Tilden High School and Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, the same hospital where she was born.
Gale raised two children in Putnam Valley, with their father, George Millette. She later lived in Edwards, Missouri, had a counseling service, and was the president of Citizens Against Spouse Abuse. She left Missouri in 1996 and settled in North Carolina, where she met and married Ian Kilmer in 2004. He died in 2008.
In North Carolina, she was the managing editor of DX Magazine, an author, dog obedience trainer, vocalist and a psychic and astrologer. She did pet therapy with her golden retriever, Clyde, in Missouri and North Carolina. Gale also volunteered at Helpmate, an organization combating spouse abuse. She designed greeting cards, using her prose and poetry.
She is survived by her children, Holly-Gale Millette of London, England, and Christopher Millette (Kimberly) of Fairview, Pennsylvania; a grandson, Grayson Millette; and a sister, Junesharyn Kennedy of New Jersey.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the the Brick Church Fund, P.O. Box 53, Leicester, NC 28748.