WINSTON-SALEM – Gail Davis Elledge, 68, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 14,
2020 at FirstHealth of the Carolinas Hospice House in West End.
Nancy Gail Davis was born September 18, 1951 in Mecklenburg County, NC and was the
older daughter of the late Duran Deland “Dave” Davis and the late Ruby Mae Rochelle Davis.
Gail grew up in Shelby, NC and graduated in 1969 from Shelby High School. She
attended East Carolina University and finished her education at Gardner Webb University,
having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. Gail taught first grade at
Rural Hall Elementary School, eventually retiring after 33 years of service to Forsyth County
Schools and countless children.
Surviving are her daughter, Emily Cassidy and husband, Cormac of Dublin, Ireland; her
granddaughter, Rory; her sister, Janet Lowe and husband, Mark of West End; her nephew, Garrett
Lowe of West End; her aunt, Charlotte Rochelle of Wilmington and her cousins and their
Gail was an active and devoted member of Christ Church, Anglican in Winston-Salem.
Gail cherished her friends and enjoyed the times they shared together, she beamed in good
company and loved to laugh. Gail enjoyed life’s smalls graces, she was never more content than
when sitting by the window to her well-kept garden, working through a puzzle book and
narrating the day to her two cats Oreo and Gracie. Gail’s greatest passion though, was
motherhood; she was utterly devoted to Emily, whom she revered and adored. Gail was well-
traveled; her highlights included trips to Utah, Yellowstone National Park and Ireland, however,
her most enjoyable trip was that of family vacations at Ocean Isle Beach where everyone looked
forward to her homemade ice cream.
She will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother and provider, a wonderful sister,
aunt and exemplary first grade teacher.
The family has planned to have a private service at this time and have a celebration of life
at a later date.
Gail’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Griswold Home Care, Arbor
Acres, Elmcroft of Southern Pines and most recently FirstHealth Hospice for the loving way they
cared for her.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to FirstHealth Hospice, The Foundation of
FirstHealth 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374, or Christ Church, Anglican, 2252 Queen
St., Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made