Eleanor Gail Obituary

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Eleanor Anna Gail

March 26, 1928 - April 24, 2014
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Eleanor Anna "Lea" Gail [Glanville-Cole] Born on March 26, 1928 in Logansport, Indiana to Velda (Reed) & Walter Ensfield. Lea graduated from Logansport High School and went to Nurse's training at St. Elizabeth's school of nursing in Michigan City where she became a Registered Nurse. She worked in Chicago where she met her first husband, Anthony John Sokol and had two sons, Martin Robert and David Paul Sokol. The family moved to Kenosha, WI and Lea worked as an RN until she became Director of Volunteers at St. Catherine's Hospital and later became the first Director of Woman's Horizon (shelter for batter women) and later served on...
Eleanor Anna "Lea" Gail [Glanville-Cole]

Born on March 26, 1928 in Logansport, Indiana to Velda (Reed) & Walter Ensfield. Lea graduated from Logansport High School and went to Nurse's training at St. Elizabeth's school of nursing in Michigan City where she became a Registered Nurse. She worked in Chicago where she met her first husband, Anthony John Sokol and had two sons, Martin Robert and David Paul Sokol.

The family moved to Kenosha, WI and Lea worked as an RN until she became Director of Volunteers at St. Catherine's Hospital and later became the first Director of Woman's Horizon (shelter for batter women) and later served on their Board. She went back to school to study Psychology, counseling techniques and alcohol/drug abuse at the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University. She became a licensed Psychotherapist. Later she went into private practice with Frank O'Hara and shared an office with her lifelong friend Dr. Dorothy Counselman. She remained in practice for many years and continued to see some patients, years after she retired. In 1976 she married Franklin P. Gail who also worked as a counselor.

Lea was a member of the Professional Counselors Association, Wisconsin Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; served on the Professional Committee of Counselors Alliance on Alcoholism and Assorted Problems; had been the vice chairman, a developer and recruiter of the Tri County Action Project/Program board. In her endeavor to serve she was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Kenosha Women's Club and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.

At the age of 62 she went on a lifelong dream vacation to Egypt where she made some longtime friends. She had a deep interest in Egyptian history and culture. After this trip she got the travel bug and would travel to the Holy Land and several countries in Europe. One of her travel buddies was Betty Wishaw. Her youngest son, David had accompanied her twice to Egypt. One of her most memorial trips were with her oldest son and his family. She so enjoyed sharing the sights of Egypt with her grandsons, Chris and Brent. Including riding Camels and sailing down the Nile with them.

In 1995, she moved to Austin, TX where she lived for several years and after several trips back and forth to Egypt she decided to stay and live in Luxor, Egypt. She volunteered working at a clinic for disabled children. While there she met an English doctor, Graham Glanville-Cole, who she would later marry. For a while they made their home on the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor. Following his death in the Spring of 2001 she returned to live in Kenosha, WI.

In June 2013 she began making arrangements to relocate back to Austin, TX to be closer to her sons, daughter-in-law and grandsons (plus her grand-dogs that she so enjoyed during her visits). Lea had a number of diverse interests and a love of traveling, reading, exploring the unknown and learning new technology (her cell phone was a constant companion), but especially loved spending time with friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Robert "Bob" Ensfield. Lea is remembered by her family: Martin Sokol (wife Jan, sons Christopher & Brent Watters), David Sokol, Deborah Sokol, Bill Mayhugh (wife Marlena), Sue Peterson, Franklin Gail, and numerous nephews, nieces and their families. She is also remembered by her many friends in Kenosha, and Racine, WI; Austin, Pflugerville and Smithville, TX which were and are a large part of her extended family.

Lea's family wish to thank all the Nurses and Techs at North Austin Medical Center, 4 North for the exceptional care and kindness they gave to Lea. Also special thanks to the Nurses and Staff at Heartland Rehab for the wonderful care and encouragement they gave during her stay.

Lea's family and friends will gather for a time of Celebration and sharing of memories on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:30 am at 9117 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, TX 78729.

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"Not a day goes by that I don't think about you, my dear friend. I miss you so very much. I love you and I am looking for my oak leaf" Chris Sandberg (Kenosha, WI)

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