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Elizabeth "Nan" Gore

October 17, 1933 - November 8, 2019
Traverse City, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Elizabeth Ann “Nan” Gillette Drew Gore

Born October 17, 1933 to Elizabeth (Winnie) & James M. Gillette at James Decker Munson Hospital. Passed on November 8, 2019.

Nan was extremely proud of her Traverse City heritage, which dated to the 1840s. She grew up on Seventh Street in Central neighborhood, riding her horse on the grounds of the old State Hospital and slipping off to the library to feed her love of reading.

On August 26, 1950 Nan married the love of her life, Leland Von Holt Gore, who survives her. Lee and Nan spent 69 years together. They were cherry farmers on Old Mission Peninsula, heading to their cabin on Strickland Point, Drummond Island after harvest and wintering in Florida.

Together they raised three children, Michael (Bev) Gore of Traverse City, Matthew (Karen) Gore of Vero Beach, Fla. and Holly (Jim) Cartwright of Traverse City. In addition to her husband and children, Nan is survived by her brother, George W. Drew; 10 grandchildren, Zachary, Danielle, Erin (Atterberry) and Alex Gore; Jaakob, Justin and Jordan Gore; Chelsea, Tucker and Marshall Cartwright; 8 “greats”; plus an extensive family of friends and neighbors on Strickland Point. Preceding her in death were her parents and sister, Jennifer (Drew) Hall.

Nan was a talented singer and an artist, who taught painting classes while wintering in Key Biscayne. She was a tremendous “from scratch” cook. During harvest time the entire shaking crew would sit down around Nan’s dining room table each day for her homemade lunches. She loved classical music and musicals, was well read on many subjects with a memory to match, thus making her a formidable “armchair” Jeopardy contestant.

Nan’s calm presence, quiet wisdom and wit will be greatly missed.

No services are planned. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks for the loving care that Nan received during her final days in the Munson Oncology Ward. Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the family. Life Story Funeral Home.