Gail L. McMahon Dolan

October 9, 1952 - February 19, 2016 Oxford, PA | Age 63 Loving Wife, Mother, Sister and Aunt

Gail L. McMahon Dolan, age 63, of Oxford, PA, died Friday February 19, 2016, at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, PA. She was the wife of Linwood Dolan, with whom she shared 40 years of marriage.
Born in Wilmington, DE, she was a daughter of the late William J. and the late Edna Mae (Jenkins) McMahon.
Gail graduated from the Kennett High School and Votech beauty school in 1970, and then owned and operated her own salon. For most of her career she worked for Longwood Beauty Salon. Gail was well liked by her clients and went out of her way to care for them.
She was a longtime member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford. She enjoyed gardening, reading, the aquatics programs at the Jennersville YMCA, going to the beach, and was a lover of all animals, especially cats and dogs. Gail was a Girl Scout leader for her daughter’s Brownie and Daisy troops and was involved in her daughter’s 4-H and equestrian events. She volunteered and was a teacher’s parent helper for the Oxford elementary schools. Gail just recently embraced a passion for motorcycles and enjoyed riding with her husband and family every opportunity she had. She also adored spending time with her grandson.
Survivors include: in addition to her husband, one daughter, Tracy L. Dolan (Jonathan Novoa) of North East, MD; two sisters, Sharon McMahon Journey (Harvey) of Chatham and Sheila McMahon of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and one grandson, Tristan Michael Novoa.
You are invited to visit with Gail’s family and friends from 8:45AM to 9:45AM Saturday February 27, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 203 Church Rd., Oxford, PA 19363. Her memorial mass will be at 10AM. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Chester County SPCA 1212 Pheonixville Pike West Chester PA 19380 or to Father Martin’s Ashley 800 Tydings Lane Havre de Grace, MD 21078. Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square. To view her online tribute or to share a memory with her family, please visit

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Chester County SPCA

1212 Pheonixville Pike
West Chester PA 19380

Father Martin's Ashley

800 Tydings Lane
Havre de Grace, MD 21078



February 27, 2016 8:45 - 9:45 AM Sacred Heart Catholic Church
203 Church Rd
Oxford, PA 19363

Memorial Service

February 27, 2016 10AM Sacred Heart Catholic Church
203 Church Rd
Oxford, PA 19363


  1. Sharon and Sheila, it’s been yeeeeears since I had seen Gail. Of course as young elementary school friends, I remember laughing a lot and enjoying swimming in your pool. I had heard Gail had many struggles later in life and I am very sorry. It is a great loss to your family. I have such fond memories of childhood playing at your house. My deepest sympathy.

    Diane Patterson | March 14, 2016 at 8:47 AM
  2. Gail was my beloved sister for 63 years and her loss is unbearable. My son, Daniel Edgerton, said it best when he spoke about her selflessness and courage to face the challenges in her life head on with strength and determination- it wasn’t easy. I am so proud of her for all the problems she was able to overcome and wish I had told her that more often. She was committed and diligent about going to her weekly AA meetings. It was an all woman group and they called themselves “The Twisted Sisters.” Indeed they were all like sisters to her and gave her comfort and support through hard times. They truly were her “adopted sisters.” Gail was kind, loving, generous, and a beautiful person inside and out and I will painfully miss her forever. Rest in peace, beautiful Gail.

    Sheila McMahon | March 5, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    ELAINE BOYDEN | March 1, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    ELAINE BOYDEN | March 1, 2016 at 10:23 PM
  5. To Gail’s family & friends
    I am sorry for your tremendous loss. Gail will be missed. She loved & was loved….
    Gwen Bowers

    Gwendolyn Bowers | February 28, 2016 at 3:06 PM
  6. Didn’t know Gail very well personally but knew she was a very gentle person I know her family was very important especially her new grandson.

    Christine Beattie | February 26, 2016 at 4:25 PM
  7. Sharon,
    I’m so sorry for your loss! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this time

    Kristian Testa | February 25, 2016 at 11:13 PM
  8. We are very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. During this difficult time, support each other by celebrating Gail. Let the wonderful memories replace your sorrow. She will always be with you.

    Allen & Denise Lindsey | February 25, 2016 at 8:12 AM
  9. Elwood, Tracy and family we were so sorry to hear about Gail. We feel like she rode that Harley straight into heaven. She will be greatly missed! J. R. Bays and Joyce Bowie

    J.R. Bays | February 24, 2016 at 12:25 PM
  10. Elwood, Tracy and family, so sorry to hear about Gail. We feel she rode that Harley right into heaven. She will be greatly missed. Sincerely, J.R.Bays

    J.R. Bays | February 24, 2016 at 12:20 PM
  11. Thoughts and Prayers go out to all the family in this time of sorrow. Elwood, so sorry for your loss. We really are blessed to have met both of you, made new friends, and enjoyed riding with you the last two years. I am so glad to have met Gail to enjoy our ventures, talks and just hanging out. When we were on the road with all of our group. (Paul, Patty, Jack, Glenn, Johnny and myself. Also, whomever we would pick up on the way) I would say that we almost got to know you real close the first time you and Gail took your new bike out…….. All I can say is two things, “Awwww Shi____!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, and I would really say HORSE SHI____” and “Your soooo good!!!!! You couldn’t have handled it any better than that.” Well, these are a few things we can think and smile about for the times we had together. So sorry it had end so soon here on earth. R I P my friend, you are in heavens gates now and no more worries or pains. We’ll see you there some day and we will do it again and again. You will be missed. Love you, Kimmie and Johnny Walther

    Kim Walther | February 24, 2016 at 2:14 AM
  12. Sorry for your loss. Dear Gail Peaceful Journey

    Armando Adrian-Lopez | February 23, 2016 at 9:59 PM
  13. Gail was always thinking about others, just an amazing woman! I enjoyed spending time getting to know her. Tracy you are lucky to share your moms greatest qualities. Gail will be missed. Our prayers are with your family.

    Megan Ridner | February 23, 2016 at 9:31 PM
  14. My sister, Gail, was probably one of the least selfish people I have ever known. She always made sure everyone else’s needs were met before her own. She often gave up things so that others could be happy. She was a caregiver to her clients. They all seemed to love Gail, and she loved helping them. She was so proud of herself the day she saved Mrs. Bird’s life.
    She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She said she was not ready to leave us. She also said that a lot of people loved her and depended on her. God had different plans. She must have known his plans, because she really never showed fear. Her strength never dwindled. I only hope in my dying days that I can be that strong. She is now at peace with no pain and suffering. May her soul rest in peace. I love her very much.
    Sharon McMahon Journey

    Sharon Journey | February 23, 2016 at 7:03 PM
  15. My Aunt Gail was the most giving, selfless, gracious person I know. She was always there offering everything she could to anyone in need of help. I never once heard her complain about challenges she faced, she faced them head on with great strength. She had an ability to adapt and change when challenged. She had deep love for her family, friends, animals and people, which shined in her work and her relationships. She faced many challenges in her life but worked very hard to overcome them. My life was shaped by her strength and her ability to change and overcome her challenges, she served as a great symbol, metaphor, and beacon of hope for me facing my own challenges. I am still amazed by her courage and strength, and remember her when I need strength to move forward in my life. I will miss her deeply and love her always.

    Daniel Edgerton | February 23, 2016 at 3:25 PM
  16. Lin, Tracy, Jon, Sharon, Sheila.
    Gail was my very BEST FRIEND. 47 years we had so much fun n memories.
    I shall miss all our talks, movies n lunch, trips to the beach n Pow Wow. We never had a day when we wouldn’t laugh so hard we’d cry. She was a blast. U are all in my heart n Gail for ever for it won’t n the same without the buzzy. She was so special in her own way. Your always with me woman.

    Cathy | February 23, 2016 at 2:22 PM
  17. Lin I~am so sorry to hear that Gail has passed away it has been to long since we have seen you.but i have thought about you often over the years . i still live in cochranville if you would like to talk or need a shoulder please get a hold of me god bless you and your family Larry Creed

    larry creed | February 22, 2016 at 4:24 PM
  18. So very sorry and sad to hear of your loss. What a wonderful lady. She will be missed

    Patty Testa Thompson | February 22, 2016 at 4:05 PM
  19. Elwood,
    Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.
    Your friends,
    Chester County ABATE – Chapter 64

    Chester County ABATE | February 22, 2016 at 2:20 PM
  20. Elwood so sorry to hear about your wife passing, hold onto all the memories you have made over the yrs. together.
    Will keep you & your family in my thoughts & prayers.
    Sincerely Pat Malchione

    Patricia A. Malchione | February 22, 2016 at 10:41 AM
  21. Though it has been many years since I’ve seen Gail I have thought of her many times. I knew Gail when we were young High School graduates, me from Unionville, her from Kennett. I remember her shop and having her do my hair. We had many good times together and I will remember her infectious laugh and great friendship fondly. My condolences to her family, Fly with the Angels Gail. Your old friend Janice.

    Janice Crossman Mclaughlin | February 22, 2016 at 10:31 AM
  22. Victor and I had the pleasure of her knowing her for short time, though it seem we knew her all our life. We had many laughs during our family gatherings on Holidays and non Holidays. She always had a smile, very loving and caring and lots of fun. She always asked how my mom was doing? We will miss her dearly. My heartfelt condolences to Elwood, Tracy, Jonathan, Sheila, Sharon and family.
    Victor , Ada Novoa & Margarita

    Ada Novoa | February 22, 2016 at 10:23 AM
  23. Sharon I am so sorry about Gail. It helps to know she is now at peace. I regret I haven’t seen her for so many years. We were such good friends in school. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Charmaine | February 22, 2016 at 10:15 AM
  24. We are so saddened to hear of her passing. My heart and prayers to you and the family. She will forever be with you and in our hearts. God bless the wonder family that surrounded her. We will be there

    Magdalena Novoa | February 22, 2016 at 8:37 AM
  25. Dear Sharon, with deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Thinking of you at this difficult time and wishing you comfort and peace.

    Brenda Baccino | February 21, 2016 at 9:25 PM
  26. I wanted to extend my sympathy to the family. Gail and I were good friends in elementary school. She always had a wonderful laugh and a good, kind heart towards everyone. I know she will be missed very much by all.

    Becky Arrington Ritter | February 21, 2016 at 6:55 PM
  27. Our condolences to you and your family. We know she will be deeply missed by family and friends. May Gail rest in peace with the Lord.

    Roxane & Jack Dougherty | February 21, 2016 at 6:42 PM
  28. We are so very sorry for your loss and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Pinkerton's | February 21, 2016 at 5:22 PM
  29. Sorry we have lost another classmate. She was a great person.

    JoAnn Stanley Wheaton | February 21, 2016 at 4:19 PM
  30. So sorry for your loss, Lin and Tracy.

    Tom and Donna Shannon | February 21, 2016 at 2:50 PM
  31. sorry to hear of your loss -great memories of the family

    john r. thomas | February 21, 2016 at 11:39 AM
  32. Sharon. sorry to hear about your sister. my sympathy to you.

    Barbara DiFilippo | February 21, 2016 at 9:08 AM
  33. Elwood bless you and your family, may you have many memories of the times spent together. All

    we have are the memories until it’s OUR time….thinking of you and Tracy….Dick and Nancy……..

    Dick & Nancy James | February 21, 2016 at 6:12 AM
  34. Tracy and Jon, we extend our most heartfelt condolence to you and your family. We are deeply sorry for your loss. God speed.
    Your Frriends,
    Ron and Tara

    Ron and Tara Thompson | February 20, 2016 at 10:46 PM
  35. Gail was always a good-hearted friend to me. She never forgot to ask about my Mom and other things in my life. She cared about other people and was not afraid to show it. She never tired of talking about her grandson and how grateful she was to have him in her life. I can remember in particular how much she loved dressing up for Halloween. Always made me laugh. I will miss her very much. Love and comfort to her family.

    Joan | February 20, 2016 at 8:17 PM

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