Gail V. Moss

Dec 31, 2018
Gail Moss

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Gail Valerie Moss, our loving mother and devoted friend to those who knew her, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. While visiting her family in Fredericksburg, Va., Gail passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, due to complications of pancreatic cancer. Gail was 78 years old.

Gail was born April 3, 1940, in Dover-Foxcroft to John and Ruth Maxfield. As a child, she spent much of her time helping her father at, Wolverine Gear, a timing gear manufacturer that he owned and operated. She attended Michigan State University, where she completed her studies as an undergraduate and eventually earned a master’s degree in teacher education. Gail's background in education and passion for the culinary arts led her to Walled Lake Central High School, where she taught home economics. There, she also established the school’s first student-run cafeteria, “Central Station."

In addition to teaching, Gail also dedicated much of her time helping manage her family-owned A&W restaurant in Drayton Plains, Mich. Gail later moved to Texas, where she opened two additional restaurants; Riverboat Annie’s and Bahama Bob’s. She was eventually recognized for her talents in the kitchen, earning first place in the Ontario National Chill Cookoff and representing them in the international chili competition, where she awarded.

In her later years, Gail purchased a home in Rockport and for approximately 10 years, split her time between California and Maine. She enjoyed being an active member of both the Rockport and Coronado yacht clubs, a board member at the Riley School in Rockport, and the Moss Family Temperate Woodland Garden in Humboldt, Calif. She enjoyed going on long walks and started a walking group with her dear friends in Rockport.

Gail is survived by her children, Karrie and Frank Runles, Kellie and Jerry Lanning, Larry Murphy and his wife, Laura Roberts, and Terri Sutton (Bartlebaugh); grandchildren Natali Runles, Chris Kauffman, Jake Lanning, Max and Lauren Murphy, Alex Falter; and great-grandchildren Nathan Kauffman, Braden Murphy, Rylan Burlingham and Trinity Burlingham. She was predeceased by husbands Robert Bartlebaugh and Donald Moss.

Gail touched so many people and exhibited incredible caring and strength, always thinking of others; some of her last words spoke to this, “Humility – what others have brought into my life, my harbor; to learn, to love and to leave a legacy.” There will be a private service held in Maine in the summer of 2019.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations to Tsunami Swimming of Fredericksburg, Va.,. in honor of Gail Moss. Donations can be made through the team website at

Comments (1)
Posted by: wende newton walsh | Jan 02, 2019 11:21

So sad to read of Gail's passing.  She was so sweet to watch over me and support me when my husband passed.  Rest in Peace, sweet Gail.


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