STATESVILLE - Mrs. Elsie Moore Gills, 90, of Statesville and formerly of Wadesboro and Laurinburg died at home on Sunday, November 6, 2022 in the company of her family. She was born in Anson County on November 14, 1931 to the late Edmond Battle Moore and Wilma McIntyre Moore.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, November 10, 2022, in the Chapel of Leavitt Funeral Home. The interment will be private following the service in Anson Memorial Park.
The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home.
She was preceded in death by husband Arthur Newkirk Jr in 1966 and by her husband of 49 years, Herman Gillis in 2020. She was also preceded in death by siblings Edna Welborn, Pauline Allen, Virginia Crabtree, Bill Moore, Benton Moore, Battle Moore and Claude Moore and step-grandson Joseph Konen.
She lived in Anson County for over sixty years. She worked as a secretary at Hornwood Mills for sixteen years and retired from B.C Moore & Sons Credit Department in Wadesboro. She and Herman owned gift shops in Wadesboro and Laurinburg after retirement.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Wadesboro for over 50 years. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, worked with the youth and served on various committees.
After moving to Laurinburg NC in 1996, she became a member of Laurinburg Presbyterian Church where she served as the Sunday School Superintendent and served on various church committees. She joined Forest Park Presbyterian Church after moving to Statesville in 2015.
Elsie was a charter member of the Anson County Business and Professional Women’s Club. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and frequently entertained in her home. She belonged to several bridge clubs and was an accomplished square dancer. In her later years, she liked to read, stayed connected to others through Facebook and was very competitive when playing Phase 10.
Surviving are her daughter Jane Hinson (David) of Statesville NC, son Arthur Newkirk III (Lucretia) of Laurinburg NC and step-daughter Tammy Konen (Jim) of Fayetteville NC, grandchildren Lacey McIntyre (Justin), Ashlyn Murray, Logan Newkirk, Luciana Newkirk and step grandchildren Shawn Konen (Christy), Merica Marengo and William Konen (Leigh); 5 great-grandchildren and her brother, Robert Moore (Kathie) of Greenwood, SC. She also loved getting to know the extended Hinson family. “Gaga” will be missed greatly by her family.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff from Hospice of Iredell County and her private caregivers, Gigi and Kayla, whose support allowed her to receive end of life care at home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville NC 28625 of Forest Park Presbyterian Church, 1026 Davie Avenue, Statesville NC 28677.
The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home and online condolences may be made at www.leavittfh.com