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Evelyn Nesbitt Gay

Mrs. Evelyn Nesbit Chance Gay, age 91, of Vidalia, died Sunday, September 25, 2022, at Meadows Park Health and Rehabilitation.  Mrs. Gay was born on November 9, 1930, at her home in Perkins, Georgia near Millen.  She was a member of Dry Branch Baptist Church and a 1947 graduate of Millen High School.  After graduation, she attended Rice Business College in Charleston and later worked for Southern Bell in Augusta.  She returned home to train as a nurse at Thompson Hospital in Millen and later worked at Aiken Hospital in Lyons.  There she met her husband and father of her children, Douglas Gay.  She remained a resident of Toombs County the rest of her life.  After marriage, she was devoted to taking care of her beloved family.  Later she returned to the medical field, working with Dr. Ben Neely and Dr. Melania Domingo.  She came from a large, loving, musical family and was the last living sibling of nine children.  Affectionately known as “Nanny,” she enjoyed having her large family together on holidays.  Her hobbies included singing, playing the piano and guitar, reading, crossword puzzles, and word searches.  She was preceded in death by her son, Kerry Douglas Gay; her parents, Ashley Oliver Chance and Effie Mae Sowell Chance; three sisters, Catherine Chance Daigle, Louise Chance Ward, and Jewell Chance McMillan; five brothers, Oliver Chance, Ernest Chance, Howard Chance, Thurman Chance, and infant Willis Henry Chance.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna Ann Gay Darley and husband Al; son, Michael Glenn Gay and wife Judy; grandsons, Alexander Darley and wife Haile, Andrew Darley, Joshua Gay and wife Samantha, and Michael Davis and wife Laura; granddaughters, Ashley Gay Rollins and husband Aaron, and Anna Gay Lee and husband Cliff; and thirteen great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.  She is also survived by her brother-in-law, L.D. McMillan, Sr. and sister-in-law, Jean Chance Goodman.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 28th, at 11:00 a.m. at Marvin Methodist Church with Pastor Jack Ward and Pastor Michael Kennedy officiating.  Burial will follow at Marvin Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday morning from 10:00 until just prior to the service.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Meadows Park Health and Rehabilitation for the loving care provided to our loved one.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions can be made to Marvin Church Cemetery, c/o Sandra Gettis, 4304 Hwy 147, Lyons, GA 30436.

Pallbearers are Alexander Darley, Andrew Darley, Joshua Gay, Michael Davis, Frank Ward, Larry Ward, Troy Ward, Lenward McMillan, Craig Steinhaus, Lynn Chance, Aaron Rollins, and Donnie Chance.

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