Obituary of Ann Ellen Gile
Ann Ellen Gile, or Penny to those who knew and loved her, was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and a delicate joy of many people's hearts. She was a devout member of her local church. Her faith was a guiding wand. She was a fixture of her community who treated everyone as if they were a member of her family.
Ann was born in Oakland, California to her parents Verna and Oliver Nickols. At the time of Verna’s pregnancy, Oliver was serving his country in Europe during World War II. He was blessed with the knowledge of the birth of his daughter while serving in France via telegraph. When he returned from service, he gave his daughter the nickname Penny, the little Nickols of his family.
The family later moved to Las Lomas, just a short distance from Watsonville High School where Ann graduated and continued her education at Cabrillo College. She and her foster sister Jackie both did charity work with the USO to support the war effort at home. Her cousin Steven Richardson was like a first son and an older brother to her two sons. Ann leaves behind foster brothers, sisters, cousins, and grandchildren too numerous to mention.
She eventually met the love of her life Ronald Gile, it was instant love with just a glance, whom she would marry. They had two sons, Ronald and Darin. She also had a daughter Ellen who passed away in infancy. The precious endowment of a blended family included her brother Donald and his wife Mary. Mary was not only Ann’s best friend, but her sister in spirit. Ann worked as a teacher's assistant for many years, and as a caretaker to the elderly. She will be remembered as a caring mother figure to all who knew her. In her later years she provided care to her ailing mother and husband, and helped raise her granddaughter, Amber. One of the last great joys in her life was attending Amber’s wedding.
Ann gained her wings on April 28 at the age of 78, after having lived a life devoted to her family and friends. Ann never wanted anyone to worry about her but was always the first to offer help to anyone who needed it. She lived a life of love and will be greatly missed.
Memories of Penny are like whispers that are never forgotten.
“Vi Elsker Dag Mor”
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