Charlotte Jeanne Covington Gay

Saturday 10th of May 1930 - Saturday 11th of June 2022

Charlotte Jeanne Covington Gay

Charlotte Jeanne Covington Gay was born in McAllen, TX at the start of the depression.  Her parents were Clarence ‘Tex’ Covington and Rebeccah ‘Becky’ Lallier.  Her family moved to Colorado for a while but returned to Denison, TX.  She received primary and secondary education in Denison.  

 

Her father was a professional baseball player including some time in the majors.  Her mother was a force in the kitchen overseeing the cafeteria at the Kraft plant.  She had one sister, Anne, who passed away in the early 1960s.  During the Korean conflict, she met Nelson Gay who was an Air Force flight instructor.  They met at a dance for air force members.  In July 1951 they were married in Panama City, FL.  After leaving the service, Nelson pursued his education at Eastern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, and the University of Illinois, ultimately receiving a PhD in animal science.  They had four children by 1962, Scott, Marcella, Melissa, and Matthew.

 

While Nelson worked at Iowa State University, he & Charlotte were instrumental in founding North Grand Christian Church.  They returned to Lexington, KY for a 3rd stay in 1970 and never left.   The family were members of Gardenside Christian Church where Charlotte worked in establishing a Meals on Wheels program and as a church secretary.  She was also employed in retail at McAlpins.  A cell-phone distracted semi driver made her a widow in 1998. 

 

A major goal of hers was met when Nelson declared her apple pie was as good as her mothers [which was as good as they get].  She was also known for excellent chili and chocolate sundaes which were adored by high school students.  Her household was notable for its hospitality with food being abundant and good. 

 

Throughout her life she dispensed an abundance of a frequently sharp wit.  She was blessed with considerable general problem solving ability.  This was generously and industriously applied in many areas.  She enjoyed the company of university people, church people, neighbors, and co-workers.  Many consider her a great friend.

 

Her body failed rapidly in her final year but she kept her wits and wit until the last few days.  She passed at 92 to be greatly missed by 4 children, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.  She is now in blessed eternity.



Guest Book

Rosemarie Rose

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Scott, I never had the pleasure of meeting your mother but remember so many stories you and others told. Wonderful food figured large in the tales, as did determination. Knowing you as an exceptional person for so many years, I can imagine what your Mom was like. My heart is with you and your family in loss and life. Rosie

1 week ago

Addie Thompson '99

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I was fortunate enough to spend her last year with her on a regular basis she would always get excited when I visited with her! We also always had something to say to cheer the other one up if we were having a rough go at things! She was truly a wonderful person!

1 week ago

MITZI RAMSEY

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You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I loved your Mom. I sure had great times Missy with you at your home. Our families go way back. Again much love and hugs. Mitzi

1 week ago