Gail McNeil of Morganton passed away on January 12, 2023. Born in 1934, she lived 88 wonderful years full of laughter and love. Gail was born in Plumtree, NC to the late Joe and Buena Vance and is survived by her dear sister Joan Hughes. In 1957 she married her beloved husband Jiggs (Lawrence), who predeceased her in 2003.

She taught English for thirty-two years, the last 20 at Freedom High in Morganton where she was fondly remembered by her students and fellow faculty members.

Memories of Gail are treasured by her surviving nephew and nieces, their spouses and children; Clayton and Christa Brinkley, Cassie Brinkley, Callie Croley, Shirley Gasque and Peggy Tipton. Her grand-nephews and nieces; Ainsley Hammond, Townsend Wells, Avery Brinkley, Cooper Croley, Davis Croley, and especially grand-niece Emma Brinkley, with whom she shared a special bond.

Gail will be remembered for her wit and wisdom and positive impact on others. She was loved by all who knew her and will be missed by those whose lives she touched.

Per Gail’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Suzy Fitzgerald Emergency Shelter for Women and Children of Morganton NC.

No services are planned at this time.

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Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory in Valdese is assisting the family.