Gail Brett Cyrus, of St. Petersburg, died Monday, December 31, 2018.
Born in St. Charles, MO, and fresh out of college, she moved to St. Petersburg in 1950 to start work in the lab at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Gail received her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University and her Master’s Degree from Wayne State University, graduating with a degree in medical technology. She was fortunate enough to attend both universities on academic scholarships.
She met her future husband Thomas J. Brett while working at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Tom was an ambulance driver, Gail was in the lab, and their paths crossed. They married a year later, started their family, and in 1960 opened Brett Funeral Home on Central Avenue. The family business, now in its third generation, is one of the few family owned funeral homes left in the Tampa Bay area. Gail was always proud of the legacy she helped to create. In the 1970’s, Gail managed the funeral home as Tom battled health problems for several years. Tom passed in 1977. In 1979, Gail married John Cyrus, a local real estate broker. They were very happy together and loved to travel the country in his motor home. John passed in 1990.
Gail was an accomplished artist, excelling in oil painting, water color and batik. She also traveled the world, preferring the exotic as opposed to the well worn paths. She loved Machu Picchu, the Great Wall, India, Egypt and Turkey. She also played the violin in the Tampa Bay Symphony for over 25 years. She loved Model A Fords, and owned, restored, and drove several over the years.
Gail was preceded in death by grandson Patrick Brett and step daughter-in-law, Patricia Cyrus Czarnecki. She is survived by sons Tim (Sue) and Terry (Kim), grandchildren, Tom, Kristen, David and Drew, great grandchildren, Archer, Patrick, Pierce, Penn and extended family in Denver, Bob Czarnecki, Lisa Czarnecki White (Jason) and their daughter Olivia.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Tampa Bay Symphony or the Patrick Brett Foundation c/o Brett Funeral Home.