Gail (NMN) Moore

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Gail (NMN) Moore, youngest of four daughters of Mozelle Jones and John Moore, was born March 8, 1934, at the Moore Ranch in Jeff Davis County, Texas. January 12, 1952, in Austin, Texas, she married Billy Norel Hill (born July 27, 1932, in Burnet County, Texas). They were divorced July 7, 1978, in Austin, Texas. Her second marriage was August 29, 1983, in Forth Worth, Texas, to James Clinton “Jim” Suggs, a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Jim was born November 1, 1932, in Electra, Texas.

Gail and Billy had three sons: John Russell Hill was born March 27, 1953; Mark Allen Hill was born April 21, 1955; and Reed Norel Hill was born January 17, 1957. All of them were born at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas.

Note: Story from 1996 Arthur Jones Family Scrapbook.

Gail was born in an adobe house at the Moore Ranch on a stormy night, so her father named her for the gale, although there’s always been a dispute about how to spell it. Her birth certificate says “Gayle.” But she has always spelled it “Gail.” She started to school at Valentine, lived in Alpine, Texas, for a year in 3rd grade, then moved to Austin with her mother and sisters when her parents were divorced. She spent the next forty years in Austin. She went to Pease Elementary and Allan Junior High, and graduated from Austin High School in 1951. After getting three little boys in school, she worked part-time as secretary at Central Christian Church and University Christian Church for six different ministers and as administrator for the Austin Council of Churches (four years) and the Texas Conference of Churches (13 years). After her divorce she moved to Fort Worth to work for Jim Suggs in the office of the Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She later married Jim.

Billy and Gail had three sons by the time they were 22 and 24 years old. After 25 years of marriage, they were divorced in 1978. Gail married Jim Suggs in 1983. She continued to work in administrative positions in the Christian Church in the Southwest in Fort Worth and in Alumni and Development at Washington University in St. Louis. After 11 years of night classes at TCU in Fort Worth and Washington University in St. Louis, she earned a degree in journalism and graphic design. She had a graphic design business in St. Louis, Idea Works, until she and Jim retired in 1997. They live in Lake City, Colorado, but spend winters in Carlsbad, California.


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