Gail Charlotte Conley Nebel departed this life on November 24, 2019 at East Jefferson General Hospital following a brief illness. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 26, 1937 to the late Charlotte June Conley and Webster William Conley. She is preceded in death by a great-grandaughter, Collins Catherine Haniford.
She is survived by the love of her life, Francis Harold McCulla, her three daughters, Deborah Nebel Fortenberry (Bob), Denise Nebel Gillies and Darlene Nebel Landry (Kevin). Also, grandchildren Amy Gillies, Blake Gillies (Brooke), Chelsea Temple Bernard (David), Natalie Temple Haniford (Steven) and Sean Temple (Leah). Also, great-grandchildren Emmett Samuel Bernard, Julian Markus Bernard, Finley Helen Temple and Sawyer Robert Temple. Step children Terry McCulla McTaggart (Reid) and Bowen McCulla; Elizabeth McCulla McKenzie (deceased) and daughter, Madelyn, and Colleen McCulla Thomas (Frank) and Elissa McCulla and Joshua Thomas.
Gail attended St. Matthias Grade School in New Orleans and graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School, class of 1955. She attended LSU where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and graduated in 1978 from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans.
Her love of teaching and of children followed her to St. Joan of Arc School in LaPlace where she taught for three years. She retired from St. Philip Neri School in Metairie after 36 years of teaching. While at St. Philip no child ever left her class without having recited the capitol of every state in the United States. For years she had a spot on Meadowdale Street in Bissonet Plaza to view the Cub Scout Parade where students pelted her with beads. For a time she served as Director of Religious Instruction at St. Philip, was a coach of cabbage ball, volleyball and basketball, and owned her own business “Teachers Corner” in Metairie. She was a member of St. Mary’s Dominican Alumnae Association and St. Mathias Alumni Association. She served as a Eucharistic minister at St. Philip Neri Church for 25 years. Among her many hobbies she loved to bowl and served as the secretary for the entire city bowling league. She was an avid bridge player and played in bridge tournaments at Bissonet Plaza-Maned Downs Country Club.
Gail loved to dance and to celebrate holidays with her family. Although slightly handicapped from a stroke suffered in 2007, she attended weddings abroad, never missed a grandchild’s athletic function and enjoyed the Saints and John Wayne movies. She will be dearly missed.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation to be held at St. Philip Neri Church, 6500 Kawanee Avenue in Metairie on Saturday, November 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial said by Rev. Msgr. Harry Bugler. Interment will immediately follow in Greenwood Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations to Monday Night Disciples, 4705 Lake Como Ave., Metairie, LA 70006, are preferred.
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