Gail Ann Meyer Kilgore

Gail Ann Meyer Kilgore, 78, passed away on May 22 with family by her side. She passed in hospice care at Penrose Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. Kilgore resided in Florence before her death.

Kilgore was born to Richard Wilhelm Meyer and Viola Ruth Groen on July 30, 1942 in Rockford, Illinois. She and her family moved to Twin Lakes in 1958 when she was 16. Kilgore married James Emmett Irwin in 1960. The couple divorced in 1980, and she married John Joseph Kilgore in 1981.

Kilgore had a passion for animals and all activities outdoors. She enjoyed camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, hiking and boating. One of her favorite hobbies was conducting research into her family’s genealogy. Kilgore enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family said she was known for her quick wit, her infectious smile and her strength and perseverance.

Gail was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years John Joseph Kilgore and her father Richard Wilhelm Meyer.

Kilgore is survived by her five children, including her daughter Lynne Marie (Irwin) Dahl and son-in-law Keith Dahl of Durango; and her sons James Kevin Irwin and daughter-in-law Vicky Irwin of Loveland, Michael Patrick Irwin and daughter-in-law Julie Irwin of Twin Lakes, Richard Andrew “Rick” Irwin of Leadville and William Shawn “Bill” Irwin and daughter-in-law Tina Marie Irwin of Divide. Kilgore is also survived by her mother Viola Ruth Guyette of Woodlands, Texas; her sister Marilyn Elaine Diamond; her brothers Richard Wilhelm Meyer II (Michelle) and Gary K. Meyer (Allana). She leaves numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She will be forever remembered by her 13 grandchildren, including Patrick “Ryan” Dahl (Megan), Brandice Dahl Nobis (Andrew), Shawn Dahl (Rose) and Katherine Dahl Harter (Nathaniel); Shane Irwin (Kasi), Monica Irwin Michaud and Emily Irwin; Jessie Palmer (Dustin); Joseph “Joey” Irwin; William Irwin (Desiree), Erica Irwin (Tailer), McKaela Irwin Candelario (Carlo) and Shaelynn Irwin.

Kilgore will also be lovingly remembered by her 20 great-grandchildren, including Melidy Jean, Haily Mae, Korbin Ryan, Claire Evelynn, Tristan Shawn, Landon Everett, Genevieve Lynne, James Nathaniel, Emeri Rose, Jameson Lee, Dayvanee Sky, Bellamee Raine, Kylee Leann, Nicklas James, Arianna Sloan, Ayla Nicole, Kaylea Marshae, Shawn William, Levi Thomas and Isabella Rose.

A graveside service was held on June 5 in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Buena Vista, followed by a reception at the American Legion Post 55 Annex. Online condolences may be left at