Let the memory of Ilene be with us forever
  • 75 years old
  • Born on November 7, 1942 in San Luis Obispo, California, United States.
  • Passed away on December 25, 2017 in Orange, California, United States.

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.

Posted by Todd Gallagher on 11th January 2019
I wish I would have been a better comforter for you. I don't know why I kept thinking it was going to be okay. So happy the pastors came in to pray with you, us. God is now blessed with you, my turn is over. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 11th January 2019
Sure could use you with me today. So tuff without you. I miss you XO.
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 6th January 2019
Looking, holding and smelling the teddy bears made from your clothes. Hoping this year is better. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 3rd January 2019
Here we are another day in another year. Time goes by too fast. Looking at you and I holding a beer in Germany, standing on the tundra in Alaska, on our Harley in Milwaukee for reunion. Wow, that wasn't so long ago. So many beautiful memories, thank you my love. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 31st December 2018
Happy New Years Eve baby. This is the second new years eve without you, sure do miss you. I pray that this year will be better. XO Forever & Alway, love you.
Posted by Glenda Burrow on 27th December 2018
Still missing you hope you are in good hands and looking down on all of us will see you later
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 27th December 2018
Tuff day baby, wish you were here. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 27th December 2018
Nana's birthday today. I know you are both in Heaven. I just looked over to your desk and was so used to seeing you there... I miss you little girl. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 26th December 2018
Love you baby. XO
Posted by Amber Mourning on 26th December 2018
We all love you & miss you so much Nana. I know you are here with all of us. I see the little kids going on and see you in each one of them.... XOXO
Posted by Karli Mckinney on 25th December 2018
Hey Nana. I miss you very much I really wish you were to make my Christmas the same again. I really did enjoy spending time with you.. You always knew how to make me laugh on the saddest days... You always knew how to smile when I always said I couldn't. I love you Nana and hope to see you again one day.
Posted by Jillyan Mckinney on 25th December 2018
Merry Christmas Nana, not a day goes by that I dont think of you. I was hoping to call you and tell you what i got.. nana you have missed so many things, that I wish you could've seen. I cant even believe it's been a year.. every day I see you and hear you at work. It's like god's way of communicating with you.. I love you nana!
Posted by Shellie McKinney on 25th December 2018
Merry Christmas! Wishing you were here to talk with. This year has been rough on everyone. You were such a big part of our lives. Always know you are always thought and talked about. Until we meet again. Rest in peace.
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 25th December 2018
This time last year I was laying in a chair next to you and holding your hand. I remember being so cold. It was almost time for you to pass from all the earthly things and to leave this place, me and our family and go home to Jesus away from the pain and suffering. This year has been filled with so many tears and a pit-full l of emptiness. Sometimes I don't know how I'm going to go on without you. You made everything so easy. I pray to God for you and your spirit to continue to be blessed in heaven. Ilene I Love you little girls. XO
Posted by Chad McKinney on 25th December 2018
Merry Christmas mother! I sure do miss you down here. You were the best. The littlest things I took for granted. I can't wait to reunite with you on down the road. For now we must strive on and keep things in order. Love you so very much! Xoxoxo Until we meet again, love always, Chaddie
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 24th December 2018
Happy Chritmas eve day. I kept your plant / flowers alive until August but I haven't thrown them out yet. The sunrise is absolutely gorgeous. My heart is broken without you . I miss you my love. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 23rd December 2018
Well I opened the curtains but no sunshine. Got some groceries and didn't fell like going home. I walked south coast plaza, wow, that was tuff. Everywhere I looked I seen you and memories of you. I walked through some of your/our favorite places remembering us picking out things to buy each other. My God, it's virtually one year. I thank God for the time we had and all the beautiful memories. I Thank God kowning you are home with him, watching over all of us. I thank you for being the perfect wife, lover and friend. Baby I miss you. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 23rd December 2018
The house is cold and quite without. It's a bit rainy and overcast. May not even open the shades today but may start the fireplace like we use to do on cold and rainy days. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 22nd December 2018
I wish you were here to help me. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 21st December 2018
Thinking of you sweetie. Wish you were here with me. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 20th December 2018
Ilene, you are the sweetest little girl I’ve ever known and I just want to kiss your sweet face. I love and miss you baby. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 19th December 2018
I tried my best to upload some more pictures this evening but it wasn't easy. Still thousands to go through. Not sure I'll ever finish. I went though 2016 and 2017 you had some really good days but there were many that were not so good. I remember praying for more time when you were suffer so bad with your stomach. I got a little more time with you but it wasn't enough. So sorry baby XOXO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 19th December 2018
I love looking at all our pictures and things throughout the house. The knickknacks remind me of all the wonderful trips and adventures we had over so many years. We were truly blessed by the lord. I miss you little girl XO.
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 18th December 2018
Thinking about your treatment in the various facilities - Tustin Rehab, Yorba Linda place (this is where we ate Thanksgiving together - or was that St. Joe's?) and went to church a couple of times - nice place at first; St. Joe's - all the doctors - all the tests; You telling me you liked your apartment, but you wanted to go home to die. OMG - the last couple years were so hard on you AND although you were suffering you always made sure I was okay - I love you for that; the last couple of months were hell - I am so sorry little love for all the pain you suffered and my inability to make it better. I have no reason to complain or be as sad as I am but I MISS YOU! XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 18th December 2018
Gustine passed last night - please show her around. I'm sure you two will have a lot to catch up on. One more week and it will be a full year - time is not anyone's friend - no way to capture and savor it. Got to enjoy each day God gives us. I miss you sweet girl. XO
Posted by Chad McKinney on 17th December 2018
Love you mom, I miss you so much! Xoxoxo
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 15th December 2018
10 day away, tuff day. So hard to stay distracted. Sitting in Rockwells remembering, God help me. So hard without you. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 15th December 2018
355 days ago you went home to the Lord. Feeling so sad today, just want to scream. Can't believe you've been gone for almost a year. Although I've prayed for distractions some of them are making my head feels like it's going to explode; pressure bearing down making it hard to breath. Just need to keep pushing through and remember the pain is weakness leaving my body. Average life for woman is 85, you were cheated out of 10 years; average age for a man is 75 - not sure how I'm going to deal with the next 16 years. Maybe you can pull some strings and bring me home sooner, Insha Allah
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 15th December 2018
Sweet dreams of you all night, nice for a change to actually get some sleep. XO
Posted by Lori Lane on 15th December 2018
1 year ago today I was at the hospital with you Mom, I never thought it would be the last time I would see your beautiful face, hear your sweet voice, I wonder what you were thinking did you know it was time to go? Mom I'm so lost without you:( I have so much I want to share with you, I hate that your gone. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH MOM
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 14th December 2018
Opened your iPad tonight and found a ton of pictures of Costa Rica. You looked so good back in April 2013. Just think, we only had 4-1/2 years left together. What would we have done differently if we knew? I miss you baby XOXO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 14th December 2018
Miss you being up and working on the computer when I come downstairs .
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 13th December 2018
Another day in the big suck. I wish I where with you. Even with people around me I can't believe how lonely I feel without you. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 13th December 2018
Okay baby, I just had Sears out to do their annual maintenance on our appliances. They showed me how to do a few things but overall all they said everything looks good. Sure was easier with you here - I love you little girl and miss you more and more every day. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 13th December 2018
Things we used to do during this time of year, shopping, wrapping, cooking, the house was always nice and toasty, decorations, traveling. I miss you little girl. XO.
Posted by Shellie McKinney on 8th December 2018
Well its been a year since the last time Chad and myself got to spend time with you. It has been so hard no having you to talk with everyday or 10 times a day. I love you Mom and we are struggling here to get through these holidays. Never realize how much of an impact someone has on your daily life/routine until they are gone. You might be gone, but you will never be forgotten. Love you until we see you again.
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 8th December 2018
Going through hospital pictures and text messages - not going to be a good day. I love your smile, I loved you saying it's going to be okay, I loved when you said "Wondddderful", I love the bad girl picture where you are flipping me off :). 12/9 last year you had a really good day and we thought you would be coming home soon. My heart is crying out for you and all the pain you went through - the hospital pictures of your wounds are killing me, so sorry baby. Love ya XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 7th December 2018
Hey pumpkin, I'm having a hard time writing you today. Can't find the words to express how much I miss you. So many memories flash in and out of my head throughout ever day. All the beautiful things we collected, all the places we traveled, all the adventures; so many wonderful loving memories. I guess I should count my blessing, not many people have as blessed a life as we did. Thank you baby. Thank you for your love, your support, your friendship. You truly were the perfect wife and my best friend. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 6th December 2018
Ms. G, I am praying for your sole and my sanity. Got a call asking for you today and lost it. I guess there isn't any good way to leave loves ones behind but I feel like you left us all way to soon. Working on Christmas cards - wasn't able to get much done - and at this rate I may not finish. Can't believe how difficult things are without you. I miss you little girl. XO, Mr. T
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 2nd December 2018
Going through pictures and stuff - wow, we have to much stuff and not enough pictures. I miss you. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 1st December 2018
I miss you pie
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 1st December 2018
Another tuff week here without you. I lost it in costco when I seen the bear you bought your sister. Lost it when I couldn't find the December imbrodery square we hang by the door. I know you could find it, I have all the other months. Lost it again during my massage. Now I'm sitting in Starbucks waiting to interview a guy and can't keep it together. Life just isn't as good as it was when you were here with me. Thinking of flying somewhere quite and peaceful for Christmas, where should I go? I love you baby XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 1st December 2018
Cold and rainy today. Wearing the beautiful sweater you bought me. Just no fun without you. XO, love you sweetie
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 29th November 2018
Cold and rainy today. Wearing the beautiful sweater you bought me. Just no fun without you. XO, love you sweet girl
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 28th November 2018
Beautiful sunrise this morning. I miss watching them with you. XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 27th November 2018
Listening to Christmas music again today - not sure why I keep doing this to myself - now I'm really in a funk. Your little wine bottle Christmas Tree is really cool; I like it, thank you. I need to get my head back into something fun like paying the bills or working... Less than 30 days and it's going to be a year. I can't believe where the time has gone - I would not have never thought I would make this this long without you. Jessi offered for me to come over and spend Christmas Eve or Morning with her and Mike - No, just want to be by myself. It's not getting easier, it's getting harder - I don't even think the 2 thirty-years olds are helping ;) Get your ass back here girly, yes girly! XO
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 27th November 2018
Hey baby, it's so hard without you. I miss you. XO
Posted by Chad McKinney on 27th November 2018
Mom, just thinking about you often. Wondering what you're up to. I sure do miss you, I love you and can't wait to see you again one day. However, we have much to do down here until that time. With your birthday, the holiday's... Times are very tough. You seemed to be the glue that held everyone together. Miss all the stories about you and with you. I miss seeing your smile. Most of all I love you and miss you always. Signing off for now! Love you always and forever xoxoxo
Posted by Lori Lane on 24th November 2018
Miss talking to you on Thanksgiving mom I miss sharing all the funny stories of the grandbabies you always love to hear what everyone was up to, your anniversary is coming up and I cant imagine it could get any more difficult than it has been. Missing you with my heart Mom trying to focus on the great memories & years we had with you. I love you Mom
Posted by Todd Gallagher on 23rd November 2018
Funny, just found Wall-E and his batteries are still good. Now how do I shut him up... you were diffinatly artistic and I can't believe all the stuff... I have never seen your desk and desk area so bare.

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