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Gail Latham Moroney

Gail Annette Latham Moroney

Thursday, September 8th, 1949 - Monday, February 15th, 2021
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Gail Annette Latham Moroney died at home on February 15, 2021 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Gail was born in Ashland on September 8, 1949 and raised with her brothers by an orphaned single mother in a farmhouse outside Mount Vernon. Nobody grew up poorer or led a richer life because of it.

The kindness of a local grocer inspired her as a small girl to want to own a market of her own. Gail bought Troy Road Market on the north end of Ashland in 1975 and owned and operated it for 40 years until her retirement in 2015. She built the most successful independent carryout in Ashland County. When the factories left, she stayed, expanded the deli, rented movies, and for many years was the number one lottery ticket agent in the county. It wasn't a nuisance; she opened an express lane.

She tore one house down for extra parking and came to own half the houses on the block over the years. She lived next door for decades and put both of her kids through college. In later years, she marveled she had never been robbed, despite counting three generations of neighbors as her family and friends.

She gave out gloves and hats at Christmas. She gave away groceries on credit and stopped at homes to forgive debts when she knew there was a need. Just over 5' tall and 100 pounds with change in her pockets, she also cruised the neighborhood collecting overdue movies, bad checks and outstanding debts.

Gail was the most courageous person we knew. She never complained and she never spoke badly of anyone. She faced sexism and blatant discrimination with grace and dogged determination. She was ready to help with every sob story. In a sink or swim life, she believed in helping people float and seeing what happened. But if you mistook her for a pushover, it was a lesson you learned the hard way.

If you grew up on the northside of Ashland at any time since Jimmy Carter was president, we hope she touched your life in a positive way. She considered you family.

Her vice was hot cars and she graduated from Chryslers, to Camaros, to Corvettes, to Jaguars, to a Volvo she bought in retirement and named “Precious.” When not working, which was rare, she loved nothing more than spending time with family. She traveled all over the country to see her children and grandchildren and was always there to help. She also enjoyed fishing, going to casinos, listening to Anne Murray, golf and collecting Emmett Kelly Jr.

Gail is survived by her partner in life of 30 years, Lisa Armstrong, and her two children Joel (Sally) Moroney, of Fort Myers, Florida and Lynn (Jed) Smith of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren Madison, Cheyenne and Chase Smith; her brothers Cary (Betty) Latham and Greg (Belinda) Latham and niece Jennifer Latham, all of Kentucky Lake; and half-siblings Kim Shoudt, of Columbus, and Jeff, Barry and Laura Latham of Port Clinton, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by mother Jo (Clarence) Shoudt; father Gaylord (Pauline) Latham, beloved grandmother Lois Walton, beloved aunt and uncle Lawrence and Vivian Easterday, cousin Steve Easterday and nieces Charlene and Cari Ann Latham.

Funeral services will be held, Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home, 313 Center St., Ashland, Ohio 44805, with Pastor Daniel Dickman officiating. Burial will follow at Ashland County Memorial Park, 1058 US- 250 N., Ashland, Ohio 44805. Friends may call from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm prior to the services.

The funeral will be livestreamed on the funeral home's Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Ashland County Cancer Association, 1011 E. Main St., Suite A, Ashland, OH 44805 or Peace Fellowship Chapel, 106 Sturges Ave., Mansfield, OH 44903.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Funeral Services

    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 1:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Daniel Dickman
  • Interment

    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 2:00pm
    Ashland County Memorial Park
    1058 US 250 North
    Ashland, OH 44805
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Angela Woodward & Melanie Fitch

Posted at 09:32am
Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. We hope God blesses, comforts, and gives you strength during this difficult time. - Angela Woodward & Melanie Fitch - Ashland County Cancer Association

(Matthew 5:4) "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."


Nancy Wasen

Posted at 08:55am
I was so saddened to hear of Gail's passing. I first met Gail thru my parents on Tuesday nights. She was so sweet to my parents. I then knew Gail from her owning her store.
To her kids, I heard you wrote her obit and what a glorious one it was. I am sorry for your loss but know you had a great parent. She will be missed by many.

Cherie Dever

Posted at 12:06pm
Joel and Lynn, It has been a long time since you were my students at St. Edward, but I remember you so well. I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom- thoughts and prayers to you and your families. Love, Mrs. Cherie Dever

Lynn Smith Posted at 05:41pm

Thanks so much❤️

With Love from your brothers Jeff & Barry, & sist

Posted at 04:53pm
With our deepest heartfelt sympathy! Gail will live on in all of our hearts forever.
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Timothy Buffmyer..

Posted at 04:04pm
Thank you Gail for being such a awesome mother to your children and friend to me throughout my life.Your a shining beautiful Angel in Heaven now.....
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