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R.I.P. Genevieve Gay Grandma died last night at the age of 88,… - Zer Netmouse
April 26th, 2007
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R.I.P. Genevieve Gay



Grandma died last night at the age of 88, peacefully in the presence of her three children, Eric (my father), Pamela, and Barry. She is survived by 4 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She met the youngest of the family last year on a trip to California (and Hawaii).

She was a strong, independent woman who worked as a telephone operator until they changed to automated switching. After she had her children she went back to school (the University of Michigan) and became an English teacher. When I was young she gave me a signed copy of Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, and a copy of Summer of the Monkeys to my sister; it was my impression he'd somehow been a student of hers though I'm not sure.

My grandfather died when I was 2. As grandma got older she did a great deal of traveling on her own, with tours and with her choir, making it to China, Russia, Israel, France, England, (&etc) as well as many points this side of the Atlantic. She was an active volunteer at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Flint, and refused to move from the small house where she'd raised her kids, despite the decline of the neighborhood as the automobile industry left Flint in severe economic downturn. She sang in the choir, performed with the bell choir, and managed hundreds of weddings in that church.

She was much loved, and she will be missed.

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From:sabinablue
Date:April 26th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry for your loss; your grandma sounds like a great lady.
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From:mrissa
Date:April 26th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry.
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From:shadowriderhope
Date:April 26th, 2007 12:01 pm (UTC)
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*big hugs* I'm very sorry to hear. She sounds like she was an amazing woman.
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From:sleigh
Date:April 26th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
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So sorry to hear of your loss. [[hugs]] From your words, it sounds as if she had a long and wonderful life...
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From:mabfan
Date:April 26th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
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Condolences on your loss.
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From:tammylc
Date:April 26th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
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*hugs*
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From:sorcycat
Date:April 26th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Condolences. She sounds like an amazing lady.
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From:blue_duck
Date:April 26th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
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-hugs- Condolences to you and your family.
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From:robyn_r
Date:April 26th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
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*hugs* from my family to you and yours.
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From:netmouse
Date:April 26th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.
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From:gnomi
Date:April 26th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry for your loss. Condolences.
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From:novapsyche
Date:April 26th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
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*hug* I'm sorry for your loss, love.
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From:vaxjedi
Date:April 26th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
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*hug* I am sorry, love.
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From:twoofdtm
Date:April 26th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
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*lovey hugs sent your way*
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From:batwrangler
Date:April 26th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
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My symphathies.
From:tlatoani
Date:April 26th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Condolences on your loss. It does sound like she had a great life, and got to do a lot of things.
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From:netmouse
Date:April 26th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
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she did. she did a lot. thank you for your kind thoughts.
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