Grace Gallup Obituary

Grace was married to Russell Druckenmiller who served in the Northeast Conference of the Ohio Methodist Church and later in the Yellowstone Conference. He served two churches in that conference, Valier, (1958-1964), and Salmon, Idaho (1964-1967). They had four children (Douglas, Craig, Martin, Joy) and adopted two Native American girls (Jake, Terry). Grace also had a step-daughter, Stephanie.


While serving in Salmon, Russell became ill and died. Gay returned to Ohio and finished her degree in home economics at Bowling Green State University. After earning a master’s degree from UNL, she became a counselor at Lincoln General Hospital. She returned to Montana, later marrying Donald Wilson of Lincoln, Neb. After their divorce, she married Gordon A. Gallup, a professor of theoretical chemistry at the University of Nebraska. They were married 42 years before his death in 2014.


Gay was a gifted seamstress and excelled at a variety of crafts including knitting, cross-stitch and quilting. She received awards at both the Nebraska and Montana State fairs for her quilts and her cross-stitch. Four of her pictures, done in cross-stitch, hung for many years in the Lied Center at the university in Lincoln. They depicted the Lincoln skyline in the four seasons from the other side of Capital Beach. She was asked what allowed her to live such a long life. She said, “Lots of husbands!”. Her sense of humor was an enduring and endearing quality along with her skill and delight in creative problem solving.