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.