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Gay Smedes- May 10, 2018

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Gay Smedes

November 6, 1930 – May 10, 2018

Gladys (Gay) Claire Grantham Smedes age 87, returned to our Heavenly Father on Thursday, May 10th 2018, in Reno, NV. Gay was born on November 6th, 1930 in Denver, CO to Gladys Margarite Van Buskirk and Donald Rupert Grantham. She was the second of nine children.  When she was eight years old her family relocated to California. At the age of 17 she met and married the love of her life Donald Gene Smedes. They were married on July 4, 1948 and in 1949 welcomed their first of five children. In 1963 they moved the family to Susanville, CA where they lived the rest of their lives. Don and Gay were married for 63 years before Don passed away in 2011.

Gay was a member of the United Methodist Church, an avid doll collector, loved sewing, and baking cookies and loved children. She babysat for many local children and even some of her great-grandkids over the years. She was affectionately known to many around town as Grandma Gay or the Doll Lady.

Gay was preceded in death by her husband Don, Brothers Thomas and Victor, and Sisters Donna and Gerry.

She is survived by her five children Ray Smedes (Jane) of Carson City, Judi Bauer (Brent) of Susanville, Tom Smedes (Frances) of Sparks, NV, Steve Smedes (Jaime) of Santa Rosa, CA, and Kevin Smedes (Traci) of Sacramento, CA. Also surviving are sisters Margie Frederick of Standish, Patsy Blevins of Oroville, Halima Brewer of Oxfordshire, England, and Michelle Spencer of Susanville as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Gay leaves a wonderful legacy behind in her 9 Grandkids Wendy, Joel, Trent, Brooke, Blayne, Tucker, Grant, Eric and Ryan, and 8 Great Grandkids, Logan, Mikayle, Mason, Nolan, Kyra, Seth, Trajan and Tallyn.

Services for Gay will be held Monday, May 21st, 2018 at 11 am Susanville United Methodist Church. Graveside services will immediately follow at Diamond Crest Cemetery and then there will be a reception at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

 

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17 Responses to Gay Smedes- May 10, 2018

  1. ChrisandBob Jones

    ChrisandBob Jones

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    We are so sorry Judy. She was such a sweet lady. I loved visiting with her at Eagle Lake Village.

  2. Linda Zinko

    Linda Zinko

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    A very sweet and giving lady!

  3. Trish Rigling

    Trish Rigling

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    SO sad to hear this, we loved Gay 💗 prayers to her family 🙏🏼🙏🏼 I know she will be greatly missed.

  4. Karen Claiborne-Rose

    Karen Claiborne-Rose

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    A very lovely lady. She was so kind.

  5. Jennifer West

    Jennifer West

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    ♡♡♡ loved grandma Gay … will always be grateful you and Don were there to rock C when I went back to work ♡♡♡

  6. Wesley Wood

    Wesley Wood

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Leanne Marie Wood

  7. Darlene Palmer Walsh

    Darlene Palmer Walsh

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    My condolences to the family, Gay was so sweet she will be missed.

  8. Theresa Kemp Nagel

    Theresa Kemp Nagel

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    So sorry to hear this. Such a sweet lady!

  9. Ce Moore

    Ce Moore

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Wonderful lady. Rest in peace

  10. Kathleen Hankins

    Kathleen Hankins

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    She was always such a sweetheart and not a selfish bone in her body.. Rest in peace Grandma Gay 😢

  11. Kristy Henington-

    Kristy Henington-

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Beautiful woman inside and out. Thank you for allowing me to get to know you. You are now in Gods hands.

  12. Cindy Sanchez

    Cindy Sanchez

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 11:44 am

    So very sorry to hear this! She was such a kind gentle soul!!

  13. Debbie Cote

    Debbie Cote

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 11:39 am

    I am so saddened to hear this. Gay was such a wonderful lady. She will be missed.

  14. Kandise-Andrew Hernandez

    Kandise-Andrew Hernandez

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Oh how I loved this woman… such a sweet caring lady…. GO GIANTS!!!

  15. Niki Jarrell Cunningham

    Niki Jarrell Cunningham

    Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Kevin Smedes, Blayne Mallery

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