Mother
Ilene May Gallagher
  • 75 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 7, 1942
  • Place of birth:
    San Luis Obispo, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 25, 2017
  • Place of passing:
    Orange, California, United States
Let the memory of Ilene be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Ilene Gallagher who was born in California on 07 November, 1942 and passed away on 25 December, 2017 at the age of 75. We will remember her forever.

Ilene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  Ilene enjoyed traveling and meeting new people and experiencing everything life had to offer.  Ilene traveled alot with her husband.  She also enjoyed just relaxing at home.

Ilene loved her family and was very giving.  She did so much for everyone and who ever knew her, knows what a truly unselfish person she was.  I am sure everyone would have a different story to tell you about how thoughtful, loving, caring, and giving she was.  Ilene was truly a one of a kind person.

It is hard to imagine what life is going to be without her beautiful smile and wonderful sense of humor.  She meant different things to so many different people.  I am sure there would never be two stories that are the same.

Ilene never met a stranger, she always made them feel welcome no matter who they were.  Ilene was also an inner strength and that naturally drew people to her. 

Ilene (wife/mother/grandmother) was a massive loss to our heart and our family. We never imagined that I/we would have to say goodbye so soon. We are crushed beyond any words. Words cannot describe the emptiness inside each and everyone of us. We know you are at peace now with our heavenly father and always know you will never be forgotten forever in our hearts. With our love always. Until we meet again my dear mother.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Chad McKinney on 21st January 2018

"Mom, I just wanted to drop in and say you are sorely missed and loved so much. It's been nearly a month but it feels as if it's been an eternity. I love you so much xoxoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Todd Gallagher on 20th January 2018

"Wholly buckets, just did a 2 mile hike - time to hook up with Captain Morgan :) Or better yet, a big glass of water ;)

Thinking about you baby. I miss you ;)"

This tribute was added by Lori Lane on 19th January 2018

"Oh Mom gosh I miss you so much the hardest time for me is driving home from work because I used to call you , and we would talk about absolutely everything I miss you so much it's hard to imagine life without you and it's becoming more of a reality but  I dont like!!!!!    it's been almost 4 weeks still doesn't feel real !!!!   l I love you so much so grateful for the  time we had in the hospital it meant  alot to me and I think it meant a lot to you too loves and kisses to you Mama"

This tribute was added by Karli Mckinney on 18th January 2018

"Hey nana,  i keep thinking of you daily,  
It kills me inside just knowing that i won't be able to speak with you anymore,  i wish that you could've seen us get 1st place in our meets,  i wish you could see us walking across the stage and grabbing our diploma,  your just like a diamond,  sharp on the outside but beautiful on the inside  .  
I love you nana i really wish that i could've said goodbye to you .  you left me beautiful memories that i will keep in my heart greatly.  In honor of you nana i dedicare this bext swim meet to you even if i don't do my best i will still try to sin for you.  
Miss you a whole lot.  
Love you and missing you and hoping you can visita me in my dreams."

This tribute was added by Todd Gallagher on 17th January 2018

"Ok funny story. Ilene's youngest baby boy, Chad many years ago came to us and said he was moving out. I think he was 18 or 19 at the time.  This shocked us because we thought he he would never leave home. He was so quite and shy we were totally taken back/shocked. Ilene was devastated and all she could do was cry about here baby boy leaving home. A few months later after the dust settled Chad came to me and asked to move home, of coarse i said YES, then i went home and told Ilene the good new - oh hell the shit hit the fan. I ended up calling Chad and apologizing. It turns out that Ilene liked the empty nest. Sorry Chad"

This tribute was added by Nichelle wierson on 17th January 2018

"Nana I thinking about you a lot so I miss you so much I love everything about you I still feel like it's like it's not real I love you so much I'm so sad"

This tribute was added by Shellie McKinney on 16th January 2018

"I miss you so much! I keep waiting daily for my phone to ring and it is you.  I miss your laugh, your comments, sense of humor and most of all just hearing your voice.  I love you Mom! You will never be forgotten.  Loving you always until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Todd Gallagher on 15th January 2018

"Although it's only been 3 weeks it seem like only yesterday we were making plans for a family reunion back in MN. I'm thankful you are no longer suffering. Hugs & Kisses forever and always"

This tribute was added by Chad McKinney on 15th January 2018

"Mom, I sure do miss you! I love you, I just wanted share a cup of coffee with you. Xoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Lori Lane on 14th January 2018

"I still can't believe you're gone,  your absence does not feel real.  Mom  I miss you so much I miss your compassion your wisdom your advice but most of all I miss hearing your voice , so thankful  for the time we did have. I feel lost without you but don't worry I'll find my way cuz I know that's what you would want. I love you with all of my heart and I'm so thankful for having you in my life rest in peace mom"

This tribute was added by Kathy Joyce on 13th January 2018

"It's hard for me to even register my auntie is gone.  She, my Nana and my mom were/are my foundation of who I am.  Aunt Ilene is in all my childhood memories and so many memories of my adulthood.  A caring, loving and faithful person.  No one can come close to her kindness.  Her love of her family was beyond measure.  I miss her so much already.  I know she is out of pain and is at peace but she will be missed greatly until we are together again.  Thank you Lord for placing her in our lives for the amount of time you gave us.  RIP Auntie....Love you too the moon and back!!"

This tribute was added by Jillyan Mckinney on 11th January 2018

"Nana please come back!! I'm missing you a lot!! I need you more now than ever!!"

This tribute was added by Jessika Woehrman on 11th January 2018

"Broken Chain

We little knew the day that

God was going to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly,

In death we do the same.


It broke our hearts to lose you

But  you didn’t go alone.

For part of us went with you

The day God called you home.


You left us peaceful memories.

Your love is still our guide,

And though we cannot see you

You are always at our side.


Our family chain is broken

and nothing seems the same,

but as God calls us one by one

the chain will link again.


Nana its still hard to believe you are gone, I am so glad you are at peace and out of pain and with two of your grandbabies and many other loved ones in heaven.. I see your smile and hear your laugh so vividly still. you and papa have always been an inspiration to me and I wish I would have told you. I have never met someone so loving and accepting of everyone. you had a special gift and you always held our family together through trying times... you are our glue and foundation nana. your words and love will carry on through all of us. love and miss you nana"

This tribute was added by Todd Gallagher on 10th January 2018

"Better than anybody, Ilene knew life was a gift from God. Don't squander it, enjoy all the abundance it has to offer."

This tribute was added by Chad McKinney on 9th January 2018

"Mom, I miss you so very much. I appreciate everything you did for me. I love you with everything I am!"

This tribute was added by Nichelle wierson on 9th January 2018

"Nana, I love you so much I miss you so much I still can't believe that you're gone I could just picture you talking and your facial expressions and your voice there's times when I still want to send you a message or a text I'm just thinking about you all the time I love you so much"

This tribute was added by Lori Lane on 9th January 2018

"This post is from Greg Lane, for some strange reason this will not recognize my email so I am using Lori to say a few words.
Hi sweetie this your favorite son in law, I know that you are now at peace I want to reflect a little bit as to how we met, you decided that I needed to go to Disneyland, however I didn't want to go but when we went I was very impressed, it turned to be a great trip except for one ride you said I had to go on ever since I have had a brain worm "ITS A SMALL WORLD" thank you so much and you are dearly missed I love you sassy lady"

This tribute was added by Todd Gallagher on 9th January 2018

"Ilene use to teach all the babies to worry, worry, worry but the truth is she was the one that always worried about everyone else. Two weeks baby, i miss you"

This tribute was added by Ellwood Greiner on 8th January 2018

"ThisTribute was added by Ellwood Greiner. A Vietnam Veteran. . I wish I New you were sick. I would have said some Prayers for you. God sent you on a fairly long Journey in life. Now that your Journey is over. You are with God. So now that I know you Died and are with God. I will Pray to God and all the Angles. And to St. Francis and St. Michel. You have a lot of People That did not even known you. That  it showed Children varied about you and your Family. God and all the Angles and St. Francis and St. Nickel take care of you."

This tribute was added by Chad McKinney on 8th January 2018

"Mom, I just wanted to say I love you and I miss everything about you. Having my cup of coffee just thinking about you. Behave yourself up there. We've got things covered for you down here. Xoxoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Julia Takahashi on 5th January 2018

"I didn’t know Ilene or your family but wanted to share some words of encouragement.  It’s never easy to see our loved ones pass away.  We can take comfort in knowing that in the near future God will fulfill His promise in Revelation 21:3, 4 to wipe out tears from everyone’s eyes and eliminate death, tears, and pain.  Until that time —- deep sympathy— Julia"

This tribute was added by Todd Gallagher on 4th January 2018

"Ilene was the perfect wife: Patience, Loving, Aventurest, opinionated, she was the best thing that ever happened to me. Sure is quite in this house without her. Love ya baby"

This tribute was added by josh burrow on 2nd January 2018

"We will always love you llene and u were a bad ass Harley riding gma that will always be missed. Love Ya always The burrow family"

This tribute was added by Lori Lane on 1st January 2018

"Wow its so hard to believe I will never talk to you again I saved a voicemail from you just prior to your hospitalization I listen to it daily it helps me I love you and miss you so much mom"

This tribute was added by Shellie McKinney on 1st January 2018

"Mom, missing hearing your voice and talking with you about daily life.  I still can’t believe you are gone.  It is a void I don’t know if I will ever get over.  You were such a big personality in my life.  Heaven has a new angel.  Rest In Peace.  You will never be forgotten.  And the stories we have to tell about you make us all smile and laugh until we cry."

This tribute was added by Todd Gallagher on 31st December 2017

"It's New Years Eve sweetie and I'm going to try and follow our tradition, i.e., watch the ball drop in NY. I know most of them time we didn't make it that late but I'll try. ;)"

This tribute was added by Chad McKinney on 31st December 2017

"I love you so much mom. I miss you like crazy. I miss telling you to have a happy New Year already. Think maybe I will have a captain Morgan and coke and few Zaya's with you tonight. Happy 2018 xoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Lori Lane on 30th December 2017

"I have a funny story when I was maybe 10 I remember my parents were having a cocktail party my mom let us help make appetizers and let my sister and  I we thought drink cocktails but it was only the mix in a margarita glass it felt so special to us!! Thanks mom!!!"

This tribute was added by Glenda Burrow on 30th December 2017

"Illene, it was a pleasure to know you and have you in our lives. You have welcomed us all with open arms and treated us like we were your true family.  Your presence will never be forgotten.  
-Ashley Cerna (adopted granddaughter)"

This tribute was added by Glenda Burrow on 30th December 2017

"Illene, you were an amazing wonderful woman.  It has been a pleasure having you in the family for all these years.  We have shared so many memories together that I will look back on and smile. You will forever be missed."

This tribute was added by Marvin Hudson on 30th December 2017

"Oh Mom how I miss you.when i was  a kid all my friends thought you were the  best mom ever in my junior year you let me throw a party it was A4 kegger I had a punk band. play. In are back room. We had a mosh pit and. The guys and girls put dents in the aluminum roof as the band was playing you are hanging out in your room talking with random girls from Anaheim High School one of these girls was Gwen Stefani you always told the story that is one party I'll never forget I love you Mom and until we meet on that other side"

This tribute was added by Johanna Miller on 30th December 2017

"Ilene was a very sweet and giving person.  I pray for her family to find some kind of peace in knowing that she is with God and no longer suffering.  You’re in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Lori Lane on 29th December 2017

"Mom so grateful for your unconditional love & encouragement, never judging, I cant imagine my life with out you. Most mothers & daughters dont share the kind of relationship that we had, I am going to miss our conversations, but most of all I will miss your sassy attitude your strength and your feistiness!! I love you Mom and miss you so much!!"

This tribute was added by Amber Mourning on 28th December 2017

"Nana you are one of the most beautiful woman I know, I adore you so! Such a kind heart & beautiful soul. I loved your sense of humor and that you were so kind to all. I look up to you so much. I didn't have enough time with you and I wish I could hear that voice of yours that I love so! You are loved by all who knew you and will never be forgotten. So many things I never got to say, because I never thought that you would go away... I know someday we will be together again... Until then please know that I love you more then words can say and though my heart is heavy, it's also full of love, with memories of you... Nana please give Mitch a hug for me in heaven above! XOXOXO! Love you Forever!"

This tribute was added by Aleescha Vieux on 28th December 2017

"It was a pleasure and  a Honor to have known such a loving,selfless,funny lady who was always kind to me and my family sending a big hug to Todd, Chad,Shellie,Chase,Karli,Jilly, filled with love ,Peace and prayers ...muah"

This tribute was added by Jillyan Mckinney on 28th December 2017

"Nana, i have no words to describe your absence from us, though I know your in a better, safer place, i truly wish I could've seen you one last time. I'm going to miss seeing you laugh and scream at papa and I'm going to miss smelling your fancy perfume you'd wear, the different nightgowns you'd wear, all the random texts you'd send me from time to time. And the wonderful hugs and kisses. All of this seems as if it were a bad dream. Nana you left me too soon, but with incredible stories to pass down. Though I know you are watching over me, i cannot bear life without you, meaning, you were a part of who I am. Caring, generous, beautiful, funny and strong. You've done a lot for me. And i just want to relive those moments again...... nana i still cannot believe that you are gone. To me you seemed immortal. Every time I think of you, i believe that your still back at home. Nana I truly appreciate everything you've done for me, and will never forget it. I know that you're ALWAYS WITH and WILL be with me, if heaven had visiting hours, I'd be there for countless hours, everyday of my life talking about how much i love you.I love you Nana, and miss you more than you could imagine.  

Stay safe until we meet again!!"

This tribute was added by Shellie McKinney on 28th December 2017

"To a great woman, mother and grandmother.  I was blessed to have called you mom for 18 wonderful years.  You welcomed me into your life and family the first day i met you.  I love you and miss you dearly.  I still can’t believe you were taken away from us.  I am devastated!  May you Rest In Peace.   We will one day be together again."

This tribute was added by Karli Mckinney on 28th December 2017

"I love you nana.  
"Your wings were ready but my heart was not ".  Gone but never forgotten.  You are truly missed."

This tribute was added by Karli Mckinney on 28th December 2017

"Nana,  it really hurts me to know that you are not here with me but with jesus,  i truly wish i could just pick up the phone and call you to tell you how much i love you.

You left me beautiful memories,  your love is still My guide and though we cannot see you,  your always going to be by my side.  

"In god we trust,  even the darkest nights will end,  and the sun will rise again and in time this too shall pass.  

Loved but not gone.  If our love could've saved you.  You would've lived longer.  You were too beautiful for earth.  You were gone too soon.  Love you nana i miss you a lot and think about you daily,  in loving memory,  i hope your doing well with god and jesus and Sheryl and marvin,  Can't wait to see you again.  You will always be my idol/hero/grandmother."

This tribute was added by Chase McKinney on 28th December 2017

"Nana, I miss you dearly it truly hurts and breaks my heart to know that you are gone.... but I do have relief knowing that you are up there in heaven with God , I know you are out of pain and I wish I could have said I love you one last time , I love you nana you were the best Grandmother I could ever ask for.... there will never be a day where i wont think of you.....i love you and I will miss you... until next time.... rest easy Nana...."

This tribute was added by Chad McKinney on 28th December 2017

"Mom, I love you and miss you so much!"

This tribute was added by Chad McKinney on 28th December 2017

"Mom, I love you so much and I miss you to no end.

Sometimes I wish for you to come back, but I don't want you to suffer again. I know you are with me and I will always love and miss you with all of my heart.

Until we meet again!"


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