Her beautiful life of service ended for Elizabeth Gail Passmore Rider, age 76, on Tuesday February 16, 2016 when she died at her home in Galveston after a short illness. Gail was born on December 30, 1939 in San Antonio Texas to Dr. Glen G. and Betty Knox Passmore. She graduated from the University of Texas and attended the University of Vienna. She and her husband, G. William “Bill” Rider were married on June 17, 1960.
Gail was preceded by her parents, and is survived by son Robert Knox Rider and wife Amanda of Friendswood and daughter Tiffany Ferne Parmenter and husband Lee of New York City, brother Glen G. Passmore, Jr. and wife Judy, granddaughter Abigail Maie Kasinger and husband Matt, grandson Alexander Duncan Rider, great-grandson Samuel Knox Kasinger, and by her husband of 55 years, Bill.
When Gail’s great-grandson, Samuel Knox Kasinger spent time on the island after his recent birth, he became the ninth generation of Gail’s family to live in Galveston, beginning with Sam’s great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Gail Borden, Sr.
Gail arrived in Galveston following her marriage to Bill in 1960. She was active from the beginning in community service, for which she was honored as the first recipient of the Rabbi Henry Cohen Humanitarian Award in 1980. She spent a lifetime of active participation in the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, as a Ruling Elder, and on many Church committees. She was active in The Rainbow Connection from its inception (31 years) and served as a counselor at the summer camp for children for over 20 years. Gail was a member of the Junior League of Galveston, the UTMB School of Nursing Advisory Committee, the City of Galveston Families, Children, and Youth Board, and other local service organizations.
Gail was an avid badminton player until shortly before her death. She was a gourmet cook, graciously hosting family and friends to the end. She was a world traveler, including trips to many exotic destinations. She loved her Lord, her family, her friends, flowers, and all children. Her love flowed freely and abundantly. She was an evangelist to children, with Bible stories, puppets, and creative self-composed songs as her tools of the trade.
Memorial Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church commencing at 10:00 AM on Friday February 19 with Rev. Ed Wolf officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday February 18 from 4:30-6:30 PM at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home. A private burial will follow.
Memorials may be sent to the Rainbow Connection (PO Box 17176, 77552), the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund for the Knox Chapel (1903 Church Street, 77550), or the charity of your choice.