Gail McIntyre Piggott

Class of 1953
Teacher, Mayor, Volunteer

Gail McIntyre was born in Coolidge, Arizona, at home, to Linard and Verda Condit McIntyre. Her grandfather and father operated a gas station at Main Street and Coolidge Avenue which was the beginning of her father's extensive business interests around Coolidge. His legacy included an automobile dealership, cotton farming, real estate businesses, property management, an ice plant and a restaurant. Gail was one of five children who attended Coolidge Schools and graduated from Coolidge High School. Her sister still lives in the home where she was raised. At the age of two she attended Coolidge Nazarene Church and later graduated from Pasadena Nazarene College. She continues to participate in many church programs.

Gail married Ted Harvey and began her teaching career at Coolidge High. They were blessed with two delightful daughters, Yvonne and Wendy. Wendy and her husband Tommy Heet were killed by a drunk driver leaving a two year old son, Geoffrey. In the years following, Gail was a strong advocate and sponsor for the “Students Against Driving Drunk” club at Coolidge High School.

Her daughter Yvonne and husband Chuck Warner live in Queen Creek where they both teach at Higley High School. Gail enjoys her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

During Gail's 37 year tenure at Coolidge High School she taught life skills and management, foods, clothing, and cooperative education. She taught and conducted the Teen Age Parenting program enabling CHS to have a preschool on campus where teen parents could attend high school without stressing over child care. At one time it was the only day care program in Coolidge.

Gail served on the Coolidge City Council for 17 years, six of which she served as Mayor. She was on the Executive Board of the Arizona League of Cities. During her City Council tenure, Arizona Boulevard was reconfigured into a four lane highway; the current swimming pool at CHS was built, as well as the Adult Center; and Coolidge Cotton Days was established.

Gail married Lyle Piggott, gaining two more charming daughters, Becky Ruiz and Cindy Crowe. At the time he was the editor of the Coolidge Examiner and she was Mayor. Quite an interesting time they had trying not to overstep the bounds of “conflict of interest”.

Gail is actively involved with church, a sewing group, the American Legion Auxiliary, where she currently serves as President, Daughters of the American Revolution and Monday Niters. She is one of the principal food preparers of the monthly legion spaghetti dinner with the proceeds supporting and improving the American Legion, the VA hospital in Tucson, and Girls state programs at CHS and Santa Cruz. Each year, she dons colonial era costumes and distributes Pledge of Allegiance bookmarks to 1st graders; Preambles to the Constitution to 4th graders; and pocket constitutions to 5th grade students in Florence and Coolidge.

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