Gina Marie Russell Schneider was born April 22, 1956, in Omak, Wash. This was the opening day of fishing season and her father was absent so her laborious mother had to call the designated stand-in, her Dad’s brother, who raced down to take her to the hospital. They thought they might have another boy to even out the boy/girl ratio, but after their children were older they realized that one boy was quite enough. Gina passed away at home Sept. 27, 2018.
Gina was raised her entire childhood in Okanogan and attended the Okanogan school system through Grade 12. She participated in track and field as that was the only sport open to girls at the time though in her heart she yearned to play basketball and baseball which opened to girls the year after she graduated.
Gina attended Spokane Community College and Wenatchee Valley College Extension in Omak after graduation and worked at Family Medical Center in Omak for several years, where she played catcher and first base on the clinic baseball team.
Gina married Marvin “Butch” Schneider on Aug. 8, 1981, at the Methodist Church in Omak. She and Butch lived their entire marriage on their farm in Benton City, Wash., near the Tri-Cities where they raised cattle and alfalfa hay for many years. They also built an arena and they both team roped for several years. Their horses, Moody and Tag, both lived to be over 30 years old. Gina also had such a love for dogs, mostly rescues, and at one time had nine dogs on their farm. They all died of old age. Once they became a member of the family it was a lifetime commitment for her.
Gina loved camping and traveling to Okanogan to see her parents and extended family often as her heart belonged in the Okanogan Valley. She and her Mom loved driving to Conconully for lunch and spending the day swimming. Gina’s Dad had taught school there many years before there was a school and she lived in Conconully while working at Family Medical Center in Omak. Conconully always held a special place in her heart.
Gina loved antiquing, restoring old furniture, crafting and most of all, she loved swimming which must have been in her genes as her mother also loved swimming. They spent a lot of time in the local pools together.
Gina is survived by her husband, Butch, of 37 years; her sister, Karen (Bill) Menke of Springfield, Ore.; her brother, Jeff and partner Joyce of Malott, Wash.; son, Richard (Hannah) of Spokane, Wash.; and many extended family members. She was preceded in death by her father, Jeff, in 1999; her sister, Jan, in 2012; and her mother, Dorothy, in 2014. At Gina’s request there will be no service. She will spend eternity with her Mother and Father at the Omak Cemetery.