Racheal Ann Gilmore, 81, of Ramona, CA, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2012, at home surrounded by family. Racheal was born April 30, 1931, in Spencer, Iowa. She graduated from Moline High School in Moline, Illinois, in 1949 and moved with her family to the San Fernando Valley in 1956.
While pursuing her education by attending management classes at Pepperdine University and Cal-State Fullerton, she worked her way up through the ranks as Executive Secretary before being promoted to Manager of Customer Service for Hughes Air Craft. After 25 years of dedicated service at Hughes Aircraft, she retired in 1986 and moved with her husband of 42 years, Norton "Corky" Gilmore, to Ramona, California.
She was an active member of First Congregational Church, volunteer for Friends of the Library, member of The Republican Women, past board member of Boys and Girls Club of Ramona and numerous other volunteer activities. She enjoyed traveling, playing golf, cards, fishing, cooking and spending time with her family.
Racheal is preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Alberta Pitzer; daughter, Christine Carlson; and step-daughter, Gail Zotovich. She is survived by her husband, Norton "Corky" Gilmore; son, John (Shavawn) Carlson of Texas; daughter, Pam (Bill) Pollock of Missouri: step-son, Steven (Shelley) Gilmore of California; sister, Shirley (Bill) Intres of Arkansas; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Racheal lived her life to the fullest. She never met a stranger and everyone she touched was better for knowing her. Her beautiful spirit, zest for life and witty sense of humor will be greatly missed by her family and numerous friends.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Elizabeth Hospice for their compassionate care.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on October 13, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Ramona, 404 8th Street, Ramona.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Elizabeth Hospice Center or the First Congregational Church of Ramona.