Gail Brown of Cabool, Missouri, departed this life on Friday, February 03, 2012, at the age of 60 years and five days young at her home after beating her battle with cancer, pneumonia and heart problems.
She was born on January 29, 1952 in Clayton, Missouri, the second of four children of Billie Ray and Opal Juanita (White) Combs.
Gail enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1981, where she would serve for four years at the Pentagon in the Budget and Analysis Department. She also completed some college courses while in the service. She received her honorable discharge in 1985 as a Yeoman 3rd Class and returned home where she worked as a barmaid, then at El Rancho Truck Stop, the Department of Motor Vehicles, as manager of a local telemarketing agency and finally at All-Star Gas before her retirement in 1997.
Gail was united in marriage to Jim Brown on May 30, 1998.
She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and rededicated her life at Elk Creek Baptist Church where she was a longtime member and Sunday school teacher. She had a good sense of humor and was always willing to lend a helping hand and open ears.
Gail was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Dale Combs; and a sister, Janice Vaughn.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Brown of the home; her son, Dale Combs and wife Valerie and stepgrandson Dominic of Cabool; granddaughter Justice Combs of the home; grandchildren Trenton and Ashlyn Combs of Alton, Missouri; stepson Andrew Brown and wife Barb of St. James, Missouri; stepdaughter Vicki Nettles and husband Craig and their three children of Bolivar, Missouri; one great-grandchild of Bolivar that she saw for the first time just three weeks ago; her sister, Debbie Aldridge of Cabool; as well as many other relatives and friends. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 6, 2012, at the funeral home chapel with Bro. Gordon Rhodes officiating. Pallbearers were Dale Combs, Billie Combs, Jamie Hoyle, Andrew Brown, David Kruse, Gary Kelley and Mark White. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.