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Rachella Gay Moore

On Saturday, November 14, 2020, Rachella Gay (Mills) Moore left this earth at the age of 79 and joined her preceding family members in Heaven. Gay was the eldest daughter of Walter W. Mills and Gretchen I. (Simmons) Mills of Otsego, Michigan. Born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the family moved to Otsego when Gay was in elementary school. She graduated from Otsego High School in 1959. Gay furthered her education by putting herself through Central Michigan University (CMU), earning both a B.A. and M.A. in education. After graduating from CMU, she taught Physical Education for 32 years in Lakeview, Michigan. During that time, Mrs. Moore taught Girls P.E. at the middle school and high school, and co-Ed P.E. at the high school and elementary school. She directed the cheerleader, and Girls’ Athletic Association (GAA) programs. She was a strong backer in establishing a girls athletic program at Lakeview to include softball, basketball, volleyball, track and field. Gay married her high school sweetheart, William (Bill) L. Moore Jr. in 1962 while both were studying at CMU. They were married for 58 years, and especially enjoyed traveling together, with Hawaii being a favorite destination.

Gay is survived by her loving husband, Bill, and their daughters Kimberly S. Moore Richards (Dave) and Brenda G. Moore. She is further survived by her elder brother Nelson O. Mills of Corvallis, Oregon, and their younger sister Elisa Dawn (Mills) Earle of DeWitt, Michigan.

Per Gay’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial gatherings in celebration of Gay’s life will be held at Hurst Funeral Home in Greenville from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Saturday, December 5, 2020 and at Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Sunday, December 6, 2020. Friends and family wishing to pay respect must wear a mask and observe social distancing. While there will be no graveside services at this time, a celebration of Gay’s life will take place summer 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to a local animal shelter or humane society of one’s choice.

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Bonnie Livingston Goodacre

November 24, 2020 at 4:02 pm

Dear Bill, Iam so sorry to hear of Gay’s passing. You’ve had a very long and happy life together, condolences to you, the children and grands,and to her family as well. I’ve thought of you both often through the years. I lost Dan 20 years ago so I know how all, especially you are feeling, numb is the best word that comes to mind. Wishing you the best, take care of yourself.


Patricia "Leonard" Clingenpeel

November 25, 2020 at 2:50 am

Dear Bill & family, please accept my condolences for the passing of Gay. Memories

go along way…God be with all of you..


Maryln Langeance

November 25, 2020 at 8:42 am

Sorry to hear of Gay’s passing. Loved talking with her whenever our paths crossed.


Kathi Fuss

November 26, 2020 at 9:01 am

So sorry to read of Gay’s passing. I have a lot of wonderful memories of Betty, Gay and me in our school years. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and memories really are a blessing❤️


Eric Earle

December 7, 2020 at 9:01 pm

Dear Bill, please accept condolences from my entire family for the passing of Aunt Gay. Aunt Gay was loving, caring, and companionate. You, Aunt Gay, and your entire family have always been there when Mom and I needed you the most.


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