Gail E. Heffner, a registered nurse and Maryland Shock Trauma Center volunteer who earned her pilot's license and flew cross-country solo, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.
The longtime resident of Phoenix in Baltimore County was 77.
The daughter of Elmer Porter, a Sylvania Electronics Products line technician, and Leona Porter, a homemaker, Gail Elaine Porter was born and raised in Danvers, Mass., where she graduated in 1956 from Danvers High School.
She entered nursing training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and earned her degree in 1959.
In 1960, she married Samuel F. Heffner Jr. and the couple moved to...