Gail Robinson

Gail Robinson, 61, passed away peacefully on August 27th, 2012, surrounded by her family at the home she helped to build in the woods of northern Franklin County, KY.

Gail was raised on Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1972. She worked as a social worker and math teacher in inner Louisville, and graduated with a law degree from the University of Louisville in 1976. She worked in private practice with her husband Kevin and with Kentucky’s Department of Public Advocacy, specializing in the defense of juveniles and in opposition to the death penalty. She and her colleagues were responsible for freeing an innocent juvenile death row inmate in 2002.

She was an amazing and selfless daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, lawyer, teacher, school board member, social worker, feminist, activist and mentor. Gail used her passion and intelligence in the service of others in her life and career. She was forever trusting and an optimist to the end.

Gail is survived by her husband Kevin McNally, stepmother DeLys Robinson, sisters Nancy Pruitt (Lynn) and Debbie Johnson (Bob), stepsisters Sara Tamboli and Janet Mattice, stepbrother Jim LeVan, and three sons: Sean McNally (Katherine), Jesse Robinson (Andrea) and Will Robinson (Joelle). She is preceded in death by her parents Annelu and William Robinson.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 30th, at Bridgeport Christian Church, 175 Evergreen Road, Frankfort, KY, and the memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m.

The family asks that you consider donations to the Franklin County Women’s Shelter (303 East Third Street, Frankfort, KY 40601) in lieu of flowers. LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Guestbook online at

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  • Franklin County lost a very, very important advocate for disadvantage women. I've had the opertunity & pleasure of helping her at the womens shelter when it came to muscles LOL. What can a person say when we lose a person of this caliper. Really at a lose for words. My very sincere condolence to the family & all that needed her.

  • Our most sincere condolences to the family. It was a delight to have known her.