Marie Strickland Gay

July 21, 1930 - November 19, 2008
Marie Strickland Gay

Clara ìMarieî Strickland Gay, 78, of Hendersonville, NC, died peacefully Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at her daughterís home in Hendersonville, NC.

Born July 21, 1930 in Nash County, NC, Marie lived most of her life in Ayden, NC, in Pitt County, where she lovingly raised her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Claude Perry Gay, and her parents, Spencer and Artelia Strickland.

She was a member of the Ayden United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a dear friend, James Lou Petty of Grifton, NC; a son, Spencer Earl Gay of Ayden, NC; a daughter and son-in-law, Tracey Lynn Gay and Keith Edward Fields of Hendersonville, NC; a grandson, Brandon Perry Gay of Grimesland, NC; two brothers and a sister and their families, SG and Betty Strickland of Rocky Cross, NC, and their daughter, Sandra of Florida; Jimmy and Barbara Strickland of Pongo Shores, NC, and their daughter, Kim; and Katie and Gene Avery and their children, Michele and Tim, all of Ayden, NC.

The family wishes to thank their ìPark Avenue Familyî and numerous friends in Ayden, as well as the Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care ìfamily,î Pardee Pavilion, and Dr. John Watters in Hendersonville for all their love, friendship, compassion, care, and support.

A Celebration of Life is planned for 10 AM Saturday, November 29, 2008, at Ayden United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731, or to a charity of the donorís choice.


Saturday, November 29, 2008
12:00 AM

Ayden United Methodist Church - Directions
460 3rd Street
Ayden, NC 28513

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  • November 21, 2008
    Debi Moran says:
    Sorry to hear about your Mom. She certainly had a wonderful quality of life living with her beloved daughter and son-in-law. ( not to exclude the feline family). We are never ready to lose our parents but knowng you made such a difference in her life will hopefully bring you comfort. You have much to be proud of. Love, Debi

  • November 21, 2008
    Mark W. Neville says:
    Tracey and Keith, you and yours are in my heart and mind. May you all have the comfort, peace and strength that you need as you grieve for your mother and loved one. Know that you are loved by many.

  • November 21, 2008
    Lora Mason says:
    Tracey & Keith - I'm sorry for your loss. I didn't know Marie, but it's clear she was well-loved. Your care of and for her has made that evident! I'm thinking of you and wishing you peace. Love, Lora

  • November 21, 2008
    Barb Harrah says:
    Tracey & Keith, You are in my prayers each night. You did a wonderful thing for your mom though I know you don't think it was so special. Both of you put your lives, newly married lives, on hold so your mom could have the best possible care. I hope you are as proud of yourselves as you should be. Love Barb If you want a shoulder to cry on, I'm here

  • November 22, 2008
    Elaine Sharpe, RN EH says:
    She was so sweet. to know her was to love her