Gail Coker, age 68, of Lakeland, passed away at home on November 29, 2019 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was strong, determined, and a fighter.
Gail was born on August 30, 1951 in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky and was the youngest of 18 children.
Gail grew up in Mt. Sterling, earned her nursing degree from The University of Kentucky, and at the age of 23 joined the Air Force. In the Air Force she continued her education and became a Nurse Practitioner. She served in the Air Force for 20 years as a nurse and OB/GYN nurse practitioner. In the Air Force, she met Ben Coker while stationed at Lakenheath Air Force Base in Lakenheath, England. They were married in 1981, both served their careers in the Air Force, and recently celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary.
Gail was a loving, caring, and kind mother, wife, and friend. She would help anyone in need and would often put the needs of others before her own. Gail enjoyed cooking, gathering as a family, reading a good book in a single day, and had a knack for always being able to do 5 things at once- and do them all well. She was a wife, mother, and grandmother that her family has been blessed to have. She was selfless and she was so proud of her family, was able to love fiercely, and raise strong independent children.
Gail is survived by her husband Ben, her daughter Courtney Magyar and her husband Philip Magyar, and her 2 grandchildren Victoria and Andrew; and her son Benjamin Coker and his wife Carolyn Coker. Gail also leaves behind her 3 youngest feline children, Leo, Jack, and Sophie.
She is also survived by her siblings Lavern Murphy, Orene (James) Mattox, Donnie (Betty) Ross, Paul Ross, Brenda (Otto) Compton, Charles (Beulah) Ross, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorial gifts can be given in memory of Gail Coker to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
The family would like to express appreciation to the physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals who have cared for Gail during her treatment. Special thanks to Dr. Mulaparthi, and the compassionate nurses and staff at the Lakeland Cancer Center.
Services for Gail will be on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Lakeland Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens. A gathering of family and friends will be from 2:00-3:00pm and the service will start at 3:00pm.
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