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Gail Ann Mars



Gail Ann Mars, age 76, passed away at her home on May 12, 2023, in DeTour, Michigan. She was born February 23, 1947, in Muskegon, Michigan, to Anthony L. and Betty (Brenzie) Kenney.

Gail graduated from Muskegon High School and Western Michigan University where she received her bachelor’s degree in education. She received her master’s degree from Central Michigan University. In 1969, she married her husband Joel in

Muskegon. Gail had a career in education, teaching elementary school until her retirement in 2003. She taught in White Cloud, Muskegon, St. Clair, and Traverse City.

After retirement Gail and Joel, with friends in another boat, left Traverse City, Michigan and sailed away to the Caribbean for four wonderful years, returning to Traverse City, and then moving to the Upper Peninsula.

Gail loved to travel, going to Europe, a summer in Alaska, Texas, and most of the United States. She loved to quilt and sew, always expecting to repair a piece of clothing when the grandchildren visited. Gail also loved to cook and was proud of the fact that her grandchildren followed her in the love of cooking.

She is survived by her husband Joel; daughter, Stacy (Tim) Bates; son, Andrew (Erin) Mars; brother, Michael (Kathy) Kenney; grandchildren, Abigail, and Alexander; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be at a later time.

Anyone wishing to make a donation may do so to Bethel Lutheran Church in Cedarville, 217 M-129, Cedarville, MI 49719, DeTour Pickleball Group, 202 S. Division St. Attn: Bob Vaught DeTour, MI 49725, or Hospice of the EUP, 308 W 12th Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

Galer Funeral Homes & Cremation of Pickford, Michigan, is serving the family. Condolences may be left to the family at

Obituary as submitted by family. ¦

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