Gail Duvall Anderson
Gail Duvall Anderson, 73, a long-time resident of Willoughby Hills, Ohio passed away on December 1, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.
Gail was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Marie (nee: Chontofasky) Duvall and Grafton Duvall, Jr. She graduated from North Hills High School. Knowing early in life that she wanted to help others, she graduated from Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH with a BA in Psychology and Sociology.
Gail began her professional career with the West Side Community House as a group worker and then Executive Director of the Riverview Community Center. She spent several years as an instructor at the Cleveland Health Education Museum before finding her true calling as an advocate for those impacted by HIV and AIDS. She worked 18 years with the Lake County General Health District as the HIV/AIDS Coordinator for Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. Her efforts then took her to the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland where she spent the last 10 years, only retiring late last year.
Gail was long an advocate for the less fortunate and worked tirelessly and selflessly on their behalves. She received many awards and accolades over the years a few of which were a Lakeland Community College Woman of Achievement Award (1996), the Ohio AIDS Coalition Spirit of Healing Award (2008), and the Ohio Department of Health HIV/AIDS Service Award (2001).
Gail will be dearly missed by so many. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Roger, her daughter Elizabeth of Rocky River, her son Zachary (Kristie) of Troy, MI, three adored grandchildren Avery Belle, Grafton Earl and Ford Duvall, her sister Marcia Wilson (Terry), her niece Laura Lekson, and great-nephew Andrew Pular.
The family will receive friends from 12:00-5:00pm on Sunday, December 8 at Davis-Babcock Funeral Home, 4154 Clark Avenue, Willoughby, Ohio.
Memorial services will be held 11am Monday, December 9, at Grace Episcopal Church 36200 Ridge Rd. Willoughby.
The Reverend Rose Anne Lonsway will be officiating. (Please meet at church.)
Burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to:
Grace Episcopal Church Discretionary Fund
36200 Ridge Road
Willoughby, OH 44094
Cancer Patient Support Services at Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
P.O. Box 931517
Cleveland, OH 44193-1655
Arrangements under the care of
CANNON LOPRESTI & CATAVOLOS FUNERAL HOME
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