Gail Louise Eggers - Merritt Island - Gail Louise (Fleming) Eggers, at the age of 70, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at her home surrounded by her family at her side. Gail was born on the 18th of March 1939 in Valparaiso, Indiana to Albert James and Martha Evelyn (Garling) Fleming. At the age of only six weeks her parents relocated to a dairy farm approximately six miles from the small town of Neoga, Illinois, where Gail lived until she was 18 years old. She graduated from Neoga High School at the age of 17 years old. After graduation from school she worked at the Mattoon Consolidated Telephone Company as a telephone operator. She married Ronald Eggers on June 9th, 1957 and started a life of an United States Air Force wife. They had two children, a son and daughter, Douglas James and Rhonda Lane respectively. During the next 23 years she made a home for her husband and two children in many states and foreign countries. Regardless of the circumstances she always made sure her children were comfortable in their new surroundings. Upon leaving the Air Force, Gail and Ron made their home in Fort Wayne, Indiana where Gail was the Secretary of the New Comers Organization. This was an organization that welcomed all new people moving to Fort Wayne. Their mission was to provide friendship and comfort to new people. Gail was a natural at this as she always knew what to say to put people at ease and could help with their needs in a new city. Gail was quite talented and drew up the plans for their home in Fort Wayne and their present home in Merritt Island, Florida. When Ron retired, they moved to Florida to be close to their daughter, Rhonda. In December 1997, Gail was diagnosed with breast cancer. She under went a number of treatments including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. During this time she joined the Central Brevard Breast Cancer support group. Within two years, she was the joint facilitator of the organization and for five years she was the facilitator. Gail had an unique ability to listen and comfort other people including those in crisis and those with the same cancer diagnosis. She was able to give hope and encouragement to so many ladies when they received this devastating news. Even after her cancer had metastasized, she continued to help and encourage others. Gail fought this disease not out of fear but determination that she would not let it destroy her soul or her spirit. And it never did. She was predeceased by her son, Douglas James Eggers and both parents. She is survived by her husband of 52 plus years, Ronald Hugh Eggers; her daughter, Rhonda (George) McCarthy; five grandchildren , Kristine and Shane Hainsel, Jon, Colin, and Scott McCarthy; and one great grandson, Connor James Yawn; a sister, Carol (Robert) Rampino and numerous nieces and nephews. Her family was the love of her life. Services will be on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at Grace United Methodist Church located at 65 Needle Blvd., Merritt Island, Florida. Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by funeral services at 2:00 p.m. Reception and grave side service to follow.
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