Gail Rosene Estes, 77, passed away peacefully at her home Sunday, May 4, 2014. She was born the daughter of Henry and Marie (Elliott) Rosene on May 29, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan. She was married to Gerald A. Estes Jr. in 1956, and together for 28 years, they raised their three children.
Gail was a high school graduate of Cranbrook Academy Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She studied for her B.A. in elementary education from Michigan State University, and later went on to receive her master of education in 1976 from National Lewis University in Evanston, Illinois. Gail’s lifelong focus has been on teaching both children and adults. She has lived by her high school motto, “Enter to learn, go forth to serve.” Her career in teaching elementary education as well as Sunday school lessons, spanned nearly 45 years in the Chicagoland area.
Gail then moved to Kokomo in 1991 to be closer to her only grandchild. When the right time came, Gail returned to her love of teaching and began her second career as a substitute teacher in both the Kokomo-Center and Northwestern (Howard) school corporations. During this period of time, she was also very active in her community, her church, and numerous organizations and educational endeavors. Gail was always a helpful friend, and a stranger to no one in need. She shared her time and talents with others freely. Gail was very gifted, and there was not much she couldn’t do. She played piano, worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor, spent hours in the kitchen, knitted, sewed and did many forms of needlework and had a green thumb as well. If you asked something of her, she would achieve it, even if it included furthering her education or widening her skills.
Gail was an avid traveler, and along with her husband and children visited the 50 states, Canada, many national parks, and several Islands. She traveled abroad as well, several times, and did much of the research studies for her master’s degree in England.