Lucy Belle Gay
August 07,1927 - December 26,2020
Obituary for Lucy Belle Gay
Lucy (Lu) Gay, 93, passed away peacefully in the presence of her daughters in her home at The Lakeshore retirement community on Saturday morning, December 26, 2020. She is survived by her daughters Diana L. Gay (Kent, WA) and Debora J. Gay (Seattle, WA) and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. Lu is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert, and her loving grandson, Nic Dalessio.
Lu was born in Shelby, Montana and adopted as an infant by her parents, Mabel Craig and Delmark Bingham. She was raised mostly in Helena, MT, where her mother moved after Mr. Bingham passed away from WWI injuries. There, Mabel met and married Victor H. Fall, who became Lu’s true and adoptive father. Lu was forced to accelerate her high school education because of WW2, and graduated high school at age 16 to join the Cadet Nurse Training program at St. Luke’s Hospital in Spokane, WA. and Washington State University in Pullman, WA. She graduated from the Cadet Nurse program just as WW2 was coming to an end, so she did not serve as an active duty military nurse. However, she is an accepted Veteran as a graduate of this program. Lu met Robert C. Gay in Spokane, WA. after graduating from Nurse training. They were married in Helena, MT. in September of 1947. Lu and Bob ended up in Missoula, MT. as Bob completed his college training as an accountant at the University of Montana and Lu worked as a nurse. They had 2 daughters, Diana, born March 1951 and Debora, born June 1953. They moved to Kalispell, MT. and lived there for 7 years, with Bob working as an auditor for the IRS and Lu raising their two daughters and working part time as a nurse for different physicians. The biggest surprise of their lives came in 1961, when Bob let Lu know that he had just accepted a job with the IRS on the island of Maui, in the new state of Hawaii. The family moved to Maui in November, 1961 and they began their new life as Maui Islanders. Lu worked in many different types of nursing while she lived on Maui. Her great love was training health care workers as an Inservice Educator. She loved teaching people the best ways to care for patients. She traveled throughout the Islands teaching medical staff. When Bob was transferred to Honolulu, she was able to start a new job with the State of Hawaii in Public Health, continuing her love of training medical and health care workers. When they were ready to retire, Bob and Lu decided to move to Arizona, and settled into the then new retirement community of Sun City West, near Phoenix. Here they both really blossomed, and Lu began her second career as a performer in the many amateur theater venues that the community offered. Lu performed as a dancer in many productions and also worked as a background dancer in the Ben Stiller movie, Mystery Men, in 1999. She acted as a producer for numerous local productions, played golf with Bob, practiced different arts and crafts, and established a program with the local Fire Department to take blood pressure readings for residents. She and Bob lived a full and exciting life in Arizona. They both loved to travel, and enjoyed many wonderful trips to various parts of the world from their homebase of Sun City West. After Bob passed away in 2001, Lu continued her volunteer work in the arts and as a nurse for several more years. Eventually, she moved up to the Pacific Northwest, where her family lives, and moved into her new home, The Lakeshore Retirement Community, near Renton, in 2016. She enjoyed living there until her death in December, 2020.
Lu will be remembered for her sweet friendship and caring nature, her flamboyant style and colorful creativity, and her curiosity in understanding the world around her. She will be missed by her many friends and family.
Lu’s remains have been cremated, per her request. Her family will hold a Memorial Service in her honor later this year, when we might safely gather again. Please check this site for updates.
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