On Tuesday August 6, 1957 a baby girl was welcomed into the world by her loving parents Erman B (Pete) and Joycie Mae (McKibben) Ware in Lamesa, Texas. This blessing was Nora Gale, who joined her older sisters Linda Carroll, Nelda Joyce and Rhonda Jean. The Ware family laid a foundation of love that has carried through many generations.
On Friday December 18, 2020 at Hendrick Medical Center this beautiful soul left this earth to join the Lord and her loved ones who proceeded her in death.
Cliff, her husband and love of her life, and Gale had quite a love story. They enjoyed life together and watching their grandchildren grow. Cliff provided Gale with love and security,making her the center of his world.
Nora who preferred to be called Gale grew up and became a mother to three girls, Amanda who blessed her with two granddaughters Iry and Chloe. Alisha (Travis) who blessed her with her first grandchild a grandson Tavian, Andrew and Jennifer. Becca (Cory) who blessed her with two granddaughters Brianna and Mya. Becoming a grandmother was the highlight of Gale’s life, which gave her the title of “Miemie” which she wore proudly for not only her grandchildren but for any child who needed her.
As a profession Gale naturally picked one that would help others as this was her calling in life. She graduated from Tarleton State University in 1988 and obtained her Registered Nurse Licensure. Gale started her career at Hendrick Medical Center on the cardiac unit and later transitioned into home health then into hospice care. Throughout her career Gale was able to share her gift of knowledge as well as compassion and caring with many families. This was indeed her life’s calling, she had a divine ability to bring comfort and peace to those she served.Gale worked hard and achieved many goals throughout her career to include becoming assistant director of nurses and director nurses. Gale was blessed along her journey to connect with many healthcare workers and create life long bonds.
Gale was a talented artist who had recently rediscovered her love of oil painting. Gale was gifted in the art of wood work, cake decorating and many different other crafts. Gale enjoyed playing cards with her sisters, watching her grandchildren compete in athletics, spending time with family, road trips and everyday life with her husband and family. Gale was a Christian and enjoyed Bible studies and gospel music and teaching others about Gods love.
Family was always a primary focus for Gale and she loved to be surrounded by loved ones. Gale was proceeded in death by her father Erman B Ware (1926-1993), her mother Joycie Mae (McKibben) Ware (1933-2002) and her sister Linda Carol (Ware) Davis (1951-2014). Gale is survived by her husband Clifford Neal Hawkins. Daughters Amanda Gale Miller, Alisha Joyce Hill (Travis Hill) and Rebbecca Ellen Sims (Cory Sims). Bonus daughter Tara Gilmore-Low (Steven Low). Grandchildren Iry Monea Grooms, Tavian Braxon Sank Bonds, Jennifer Dawn Wallace (Sam Wallace), Andrew Lee Hill, Brianna Gale Sims, Mya Elle Sims and Chloe Madison Miller. Sisters Nelda Joyce James and Rhonda Jean Lane. Sister in law Betty Holman. Nieces and nephews Lance Autry, Brian James, Scott Autry, Melissa McCleskey (Aaron McCleskey), Angela Grooms, Stephanie Smith (Jay Smith), Britt James, Joni Meador (Charlie Meador), Tiffany Lane and multiple great and great-great nieces and nephews.
If you ever had the joy of meeting Gale, you met a true angel on Earth.
The family of Gale would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Chad Ezzell who has not only been an amazing physician to Gale and Cliff for many years but also guided this family in the darkest hours with compassion and professionalism. Dr. Chris Eddelman, who continued to monitor and check on her daily always educating and comforting the family even after she had been moved to palliative care. ICU RN’s Arantza and Rachel who’s compassion and knowledge guided and comforted the family through this time.
Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Cottonwood West Cemetery, on County Road 429 north of Cross Plains in Callahan County. Those attending are reminded of social distancing guidelines and face coverings are recommend.
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