GAIL IRIS DAVIS Our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, Tapper, Queen, and friend passed away on the evening of June 24, 2021, just a few weeks prior to her 82nd birthday. Known for her warm personality and penchant to make friends in any situation, Gail's joyful dance through life was a testament to her adaptability, resilience, and self-determination. Born in Chicago on July 28, 1939, to Leo and Lillian Teplitz, Gail was raised in a close-knit Jewish family on the legendary Maxwell Street. Her father was an heroic pilot in World War II and was lost in combat in 1944. Gail cherished the Purple Heart he was awarded and it remains a revered family heirloom. Gail was raised by her parents, Lillian and Hank Stierer, in Chicago & Miami. Gail graduated from Chicago's Morgan Park High School (1957) and spent time at the University of Miami. Gail's hobbies and interests allowed her to see the world. Talented at beading & ceramics and an accomplished bowler, Gail attended Nationals numerous times across America. Ahead of her time in numerous aspects, Gail was a pioneer of race relations in the 1960s and advocated for norms that have since gained widespread acceptance. A former resident of Madison, Wis., Gail was a big Wisconsin Badger fan and especially proud of her son, Michael's, graduation from UW. Gail loved the beach, and her fondest memories included time spent on the shores of South Haven, Mich. in the summers of her youth. Gail's career included work in the banking industry, being proprietor of family-owned pet centers, serving as a legal assistant and leading the jury services & marriage licensing operations for the Clark County Clerk of Courts in Las Vegas until her retirement in 2005. Gail's most endearing role was as a mother, guiding and supporting her boys throughout life and teaching by example the values of kindness, acceptance, and being true to one's self. Gail spent the last 30 years in Nevada and built a rich social life in Pahrump. Gail remained vibrant through her love of dance and affiliation with the Nevada Silver Tappers. Gail was a proud Diva Dancer & Ambassador of Pahrump, and she was grateful for the friendships & experiences that came from the Silver Tappers. One of Gail's most noteworthy high points was being crowned Queen of Ms. Senior Golden Years Nevada in 2006 and fulfilling her royal duties. Gail is survived by her three sons, John Doherty (Judy) of Griffith, Ind., James Doherty of Pahrump, Nev., and Michael Davis (Lettie) of Round Rock, Texas; grandchildren, Shannon & Erin Doherty, Alia & Peyton Davis, and Heather Blythe, Emily & Megan Doherty, as well as seven great grandchildren; sisters, Sherry Smith (James, taps 2013) of Cedar Lake, Ind., & Ingrid Lebofsky (Jay) of Delray Beach, Fla. Gail was welcomed into eternal peace by her parents Leo Teplitz, Lillian Teplitz Stierer, and Hank Stierer, beloved Aunt Rose & Uncle Mickey Gold; cousins, Barbara Kaye & Marty Minster, Sheila & Dave Biedermann; former husband, Tyrone Davis; dear friends, Ferrol Kestin & Vivian Nuzum, Alex Trebek, and a host of loved ones and angels that ascended before & patiently awaited her arrival. Gail's family will host a Celebration of Life at the Mountain Falls Golf Club in Pahrump, Nev. on Wednesday, July 14, with visitation at 2:00 PM followed by a short service and her commitment to the Book of Remembrance at 3:00 PM. All family members and friends are welcome to attend this memorial event. Appetizers and refreshments will follow. As Gail was a 25-year survivor of breast cancer, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society
in lieu of flowers. Embodying the spirit of Forever Young until her final days, Gail's zest for life, boundless energy, positive outlook, and the deeply sincere connections she made with so many of us will endure well beyond the limits of her physical presence. We honor her by endeavoring to extend those characteristics in our own lives. No goodbyes, only good memories!
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Published by Pahrump Valley Times from Jul. 11 to Jul. 14, 2021.