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Caren R. Gay

January 20, 1944 ~ July 29, 2020 (age 76)

Life Story

Caren R. Gay, 76, of Elkhart, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Woodland Manor in Elkhart. She was born in Maywood, IL on January 20, 1944 to the late Raymond F. and Grace C. (Konigsfeld) Brust.

Caren is survived by her sons, Kirk (Katherine) Walquist of Prairie Grove, IL, Eric (Michelle) Walquist of Cary IL, Jeff (Veronica) Gay; daughters, Deidre Darabas of Hartford, CT, and Alicia (John) Scott; and grandchildren, Michelle and Jennifer LeBrun, Thomas and Christofer Dummer, Matthew and Katelyn Darabas, Melissa Walquist, and Cooper Gay. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 22 years, James E. “Jim” Gay, and by her parents.

Friends may call on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 10-11 a.m. at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. in Elkhart with a burial to follow at 1:00 p.m. at Milford Cemetery with Pastor Jeremy Sarber officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may go to Woodland Manor, 343 S. Nappanee St. Elkhart, IN 46514.

Caren was a kind, sweet, and generous woman who went out of her way to put her family first and to take care and love them all unconditionally. She worked as a bookkeeper for many years in various local businesses and taught piano lessons as well. Caren was a past member of the Elkhart Elks Lodge 425 with her husband, Jim, whom she married in Winchester, VA on February 28, 1981. She was an avid golfer and loved to cook delicious meals for her family. Caren will always be remembered for her heart of gold and how proud she was of each one of her children; she was happy to watch them grow to become the best version of themselves. She will be missed greatly by her loving family and many friends.

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July 31, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Billings Funeral Home
812 Baldwin Street
Elkhart, IN 46514

Graveside Service
July 31, 2020

1:00 PM
Milford Cemetery
North 60 West
Milford, IN 46542

Please note
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Woodland Manor
343 S Nappanee Street, Elkhart IN 46514
Tel: 1-574-295-0096
Email: woodland.cld@imgcares.com
Web: https://www.woodlandmanornursingandrehab.com/Contact-Us.html

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