Ora Mae Gatley, born January 4, 1933, was the fourth of seven children. Her father was ill and passed away before her third birthday. Her mother, Eleanor, raised Ora and her siblings, Dorothy, Patrick, and John until she wed her second husband, William Muller. Together they welcomed Betty, Mary Etta, and Billy. Willy (his nickname) loved Ora and became father to her and her siblings. Her children knew him as “grandpa Willy.”
Ora married Raymond Gatley and together they raised nine children, Ora Lee, Paddy, Marty, Jimmy, Nancy, Mary, Dorothy, Maureen, and Brandon. Life was challenging raising nine children, nonetheless despite trials, the love Ora always had for her children was constant. The house was overflowing at times with children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren—all welcomed and loved. Ora treasured each new addition.
There were many times when Ora was asked to care for family members young and old and she always responded yes cheerfully. Her love was returned many times; everyone loved her, family and friends. She and Ray were able to take vacations with family and friends and while visiting Marty and his family in England, were able to visit other countries, including Italy. The exploits were funny and memorable and will no doubt be talked about every time the family reminisces.
Ora’s life was one well lived. Pain, joy, happy, sad. She was funny and seemed to let sad roll off her back. She forgave anyone for any transgression and held no grudges. She is greatly missed No one can replace her. The most all of us can do is to imitate the best attributes she exhibited—love and forgiveness.
Rest In Peace Ora.
It’s a wonderful life
**Graveside services will be held Wednesday, July 14th at 11:00am in the Hillside Cemetery located at 143 Seton Trail, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
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