Gigi Olive Gambrell

August 30, 1958 - June 22, 2020
Gigi Olive Gambrell

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Gigi Olive Gambrell, age 61, passed away peacefully at her home with her son at her side on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Gigi was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 30th, 1958 to the late Jacques & Olive Gambrell. She is survived by her son, James Gambrell, sister Billie Slaughter, sister Cheryl Gambrell, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Throughout her life, Gigi lived in Boston, MA, Cincinnati, OH, Cleveland, OH, and Wilmington, NC.

Gigi was passionate about learning, and earned a B.S in both Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, a M.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.B.A from Xavier University.

After college, Gigi worked in various engineering disciplines for companies such as Alcoa, Westinghouse, and General Electric, and obtained multiple patents for her contributions.

Gigi was always keeping busy with multiple hobbies including jazz music, traveling to exotic places, line and ballroom dancing, science fiction tv and movies, and wine tastings, just to name a few.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a virtual celebration of Gig’s life on Sunday, August 30, 2020. Details to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the various charities Gigi supported via this link, <a href="http://In Memoriam of Gigi Gambrell organized by James Gambrell."
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  • July 20, 2020
    Daniel Zimmerman says:
    Oh my god ... what a profound sadness. As I approach my own retirement, I was just googling my best memories of GE and came across this truly sad news. We were cubicle neighbors. As I read through the other memories, I was reminded of Gigi's quiet brilliance passion for technology. Of course, her first passion was James. We shared a reverence for Star Trek and I remember she, James and I went to a Star Trek Convention to see James Kirk (aka William Shatner) back in the 80's. A brilliant smile extinguished ... condolences to James and her family.

  • July 06, 2020
    John and Robin Ertel says:
    I'm not sure where to start.... I met Gigi around 1989 at GE and began working with her soon after. Gigi was a brilliant and beautiful person, but so very humble. We worked on many projects together over the years and I was able to be part of 3 patents with her and a few other coworkers. We traveled to Japan a couple of times training inspectors on the system that she had developed special software to analyze inspection data. We were a good team, and I learned so much from her. About 13 1/2 years ago our female Lab had six puppies, Gigi mentioned that a friend wanted to get a pup and asked if she could take one, we were happy to give one of the black males a new home. A couple of weeks later, Gigi told me the friend decided not to take the pup and asked if I minded if she kept him, of course I said she could, and this turned out to be the best gift we could have ever given her! Buddy (Which she named him) became her Best friend! I could go on and on with memories of our friendship, but I'll keep it short. I considered Gigi one of my best friends, we laughed and cried together, and even after she moved to Wilmington we always kept in touch. We had lunch whenever I made it down for a work visit and often were called on to help out with problems on the inspection system she had such a huge role in developing. I miss her smile and our talks, and I as you can see from others comments, I am not alone. The last thing she said to me about a week before she went home was "I'm in God's hands now" and she certainly is. Gigi I'll see you later! God Speed!

  • July 09, 2020
    Cheryl Laley Anderson says:
    I graduated from Wilkinsburg high school with Gigi. I remember that she was a very sweet and very smart young lady. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • July 09, 2020
    Cheryl Laley Anderson says:
    I graduated from Wilkinsburg HS with Gigi. I remember that she was very sweet and very smart! I am so sorry for your loss.

  • July 11, 2020
    Tyna Eichman says:
    Gigi. Just her name makes me smile. Hers was the most authentic friendship I've ever known. I met her at a wine tasting in West Chester, OH in 1998 and we became fast friends. She has such a quick wit, great sense of humor, wisdom from hard experiences in life and a giving heart. But she managed all theses trials with grace and dignity. She was so self sacrificing even to her harm, even when it hurt. I have not met a more kind soul. There are so many memories that I will cherish of her. I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to call her my best friend. Like Jonathan said to David, "You will be missed, because your seat will be empty" 1 Sam 20:18. Gigi, save a seat in heaven next to you because we'll have a lot of catching up to do. Some great memories that are truly Gigi. Cooking was not one of her favorite hobbies, but she didn't want me to be alone for Thanksgiving one year when my husband was away for a funeral so she invited me to join her and James for dinner. What a lively conversation over turkey. I had experienced one of her passions: politics. She and James conversed like a tennis match. It was wonderful! I remember going to Pittsburgh and staying at her parents home, sleeping in bunk beds in the room Gigi grew up. We fell asleep giggling like school girls. We woke up with the beautiful smell of breakfast compliments of her dad. This was one morning she spoke before her coffee...;). There was a tree in the back yard that her dad showed me. He had planted it the year Gigi was born. Her love for music was inherent and began with her parents. She educated me in New Orleans that there is a BIG difference in Jazz and Blues and she liked jazz.  But not all jazz, a very specific style.  Who knew there were so many differences? I watched her enjoy music through dancing early in our friendship. Then as the cancer progressed, I watched her enjoy listen to a jazz eyes closed, tapping her fingers to a 3 piece band in Pittsburgh last fall. We nearly closed the place down but she was having such a good time, we didn't want to leave. Her love and kindness was demonstrated when she graciously listened to my grandson play his saxophone for her in an impromptu recital after dinner at my son's house. Who wants to listen to a 10 year old play music other than an grandma? Gigi did and she unreservedly praised his "tone". I imagined that she had said those same words many times to James as he practiced. What a gracious lady!!. She had a way to make you feel like the most special person in the world. She was truly a beautiful gift from God. I will miss her greatly.