BASTROP, Texas — Gail Ann (Walker) Devitt, 83, died Sunday, Dec. 9, in Bastrop, Texas.
She was born June 17, 1935, in Streator.
Gail was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Lawrence Walker; brothers, Pat, Ralph and Dale Walker; sister, Edie Branz; and granddaughter, Laura Lowery.
She is survived by husband, Desmond Devitt; daughter, Dana Lowery and fiance, Cris Sherman; son, Ed Devitt, and wife, Lisa Devitt; daughter, Kim Devitt, and partner, Jackie Garrett; and grandsons, Paul and Brad Lowery, Scott Devitt, Ben, Bobby and Brad Bush.
Lovingly known as "Jug" by family and friends, she had a warm personality, a great sense of humor and a wonderfully kind heart. Doted on by four older siblings, they turned a blind eye when she snuck out of the house before chores were finished to play a few innings of baseball with the neighborhood kids. (We hear she was exceptionally good!)
When Gail was 23 years old, she purchased a red, 1958 MGA convertible. She was soon introduced to a young Des Devitt, who also had a 1958 MGA convertible. Who knew these two cars would be the start of a beautiful relationship! Des and Gail had their first date using one of the MGs ... a car rally in which they got lost and came in last place. The family still has the "boobie" prize that the couple received.
Gail and Des were married in 1959 and moved to Galveston, Texas, in 1963. They raised three kids in Galveston and Dickinson and eventually moved to Bastrop in 2006. Gail very much enjoyed the community of Bastrop.
She was a volunteer at Ladies of Charity of the Ascension Catholic Church in Bastrop until she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Gail was brave as she met each day with this horrendous disease. Alzheimer's is not a disease that can be faced alone. Her family was with her every step of the way, but it was countless friends and professionals (many of whom became family) who held them up along the way.
The family would like to thank the staff of Lost Pines Nursing and Rehab Center, home health care worker (and friend) Susie Alcala, Nurse Monica Kovacs-Barnes, from Kindred Hospice, and all the angels at New Haven Memory Care facility who loved and cared for Gail as if she was their own family member: Megan, Tish, Leticia, Theresa, Michelle, Heather, Cathy, Jennie, Elizabeth T., Karla, Chon, Maria, Marbella, Emily, Elizabeth P. and Ashley.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the chapel of Ascension Catholic Church, 804 Pine St., Bastrop Texas. Reception to follow immediately at the church.