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Mrs. Ilene J. Gay, age 86, of Orleans, passed away Sunday evening, October 4, 2009 at Sheridan Community Hospital. The daughter of Melvin Clark & Rose (Phelps) Horton, she was born on July 26, 1923 in Harvard.

On Nov. 7, 1953, in Angola, Indiana, she married John Andrew Gay and together they raised four children and enjoyed 52 years of marriage.

Ilene worked as a cook and waitress and even owned her own restaurant in St. Ignace when the family lived at the Straits while Andy helped in the building of the Mackinac Bridge as a union ironworker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Andy Gay on Aug. 5, 2005; a sister, Bessie Calkins-Young; two brothers, Morris Horton and Ed Horton; and a son-in-law, Arthur Art Brooks.

Surviving are four children, Jacqueline Brooks of Belding, Terry Satterlee, Joseph & Deborah Gay, all of Greenville, and John R. Gay of Belding; former daughter-in-law, Sharon Phillips of Sidney; two half-sisters, Patricia & Don Goodwin of Greenville and Sandra LeFavre of Grand Rapids; a brother-in-law, David Gay; a very special friend, Pam Kaledas; eleven grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren with the 17th on the way; two great-great grandchildren with the 3rd on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 from Shiloh Community Church, Orleans, with burial following at Orleans Township Cemetery. The Rev. Kenneth Harger, retired pastor of Shiloh Community Church, will officiate.

Visitation is on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, and also on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society will be available at the funeral home and the church.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ilenes online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on October 4, 2009 at 12:00 am


    10/10/2009 –

    Monty Hattis and Family

    We feel your loss Ilene was a wonderful neighbor and friend for so many years,we loved our talks and visits with Andy and with Ilene,Andy would share stories of working on the bridge and how he and Ilene met,Ilene looked forward to the suppers Becky would send over and always laugh saying she put’s so much I can’t eat all that,Becky will miss calling over and asking how does roast or ham sound tonight and Ilene replying it sounds good,you are in our thoughts and prayers we will miss her so much,looking over now and knowing she is not there will never be easy to get used to.

    10/08/2009 –

    Neil and Louanne Courtright

    Joe,Debby,Danny and family-
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Greenville DPW

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of loss.

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